I need your help: does anyone have one of these?...and more on the '663:19:00 PM
Happy Saturday, everyone!
What's everyone been up to?
Today my husband and I took the kids out for a nice long walk up to the UPS store (our PS3 bit the dust last year, and I just discovered that you can trade your old electronics and books, etc., in on Amazon.com for gift cards; last week we sent in our old cell phones and a text book of hubby's for some Amazon.com gift cards...every penny counts...who knows how much we'll get for all of this, but we're not out anything since they pay the shipping - woot!)
|all dressed up and ready to go out on an adventure!|
We also hit World Market (man, I freaking LOVE that store, I could spend hours in there... not only for all of the housewares/decorating stuff, but for the Canadian and British candies/foods we can get there - YUM) because I wanted to pick up some new knobs for the sewing machine table my $20 Singer 66-16 is in. I plan on refinishing the table when my mum comes back to visit in June. That kinda stuff is right up her alley. I picked up these knobs:
|image courtesy of World Market.com|
|Image courtesy of World Market.com|
Speaking of the Singer 66, I've had a fabulous response from all of my readers about my shenanigans with respect to my refurbishing project, which I really appreciate.
I would say that about 65% of my readers are around my age (thirties and forties), and it makes me really excited to be so very encouraged about fixing this 73-year old machine up by a generation of sewists and quilters who have electronic computerized machines (myself included!) which cost more than my first car (true!) and do everything but wash the dishes.
I'm proud of myself for doing this. How many women own their own soldering guns? know what a commutator is? know how to wrap a wire with polyolefin 2:1 heat shrink tubing?
I do. Because I read a few manuals, did a bit of research, spent a few pennies, and I'm getting my hands a little dirty.
I may completely, 100% fail at this project, but at least I wasn't scared to try. And hopefully in the process I saved a beautiful machine from an untimely demise (because who knows what would have happened to her if I hadn't been lucky enough to find her on eBay).
And who knows?
Hopefully this beaut will be around another 73 years, and my daughter (or future daughter-in-law) will be sewing with it long after I'm gone.
I'll continue to blog about this, and will try to update weekly about it. But the point of this little tangent is this:
if I can do it, you can do it. :) And thank you, thank you, thank you! for all of your awesome emails and comments with respect to "The Singer 66-16 Project" here at Sew at Home Mummy.
So! On that note: a little update.
I wish I had taken a picture of these light pieces before I took the medical tape holding them all together apart. And the sticky gunk that was left behind was unreal; pulled out the Goo Gone.
My new wiring came in the mail yesterday from Sew Classic (I bought 18g SPT-2 for the light, electric cord, and foot pedal cord, and 18g SPT-1 for the motor re-wiring). Just waiting for my ring terminal ends to come in the mail so that I can start re-wiring stuff.
the Singer 66-16 Project is to be continued... stay tuned...
Now! I have a question for my readers, and need your help.
Do any of you have a quilting frame for your home sewing machine? Not a long-arm?
And by a frame, I mean one like this (only as an example, I know there are other brands out there, but this one seems to be the most popular in my searches):
|image courtesy of The Grace Company|
does anyone out there have one of these?
As some of you may know, money is super tight here - we're trying desperately to save for a house on a single income. As such, we have a tight budget for things, but, we do allot ourselves a small amount of spending money every paycheck. So for big things, I need to save for a while...and this would be a big purchase.
If you have one of these quilting frames for your home machine, I'd love to ask you some questions about it; I can't seem to find much info or more than one or two bloggers whom have written about the frames.
I feel like if I'm going to try and save this much money over the next year or two to buy one of these frames I really need to research it because I'll be really peeved (< editing here) if I buy one and it's a pain in the tookish to use or doesn't work well, etc.
Thanks in advance to anyone who may be able to help me out on this one!
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