My new toy is traveling today!
Funny story anyone?
My fun friend Teresa, who I met at Quilting Elevated last year, was going to bid on a featherweight at an auction in West Virginia last Sunday. She is an auctioneer and knows how auctions work. I felt good about letting her spend my money. Saturday night I get a call… ” I bought you a machine! (I hope you’re not mad…)”. Now, I was momentarily confused since the auction wasn’t until Sunday. However, never underestimate a friend. I had mentioned the type of the machine I was most interested in and given her bidding limit guidelines. She ran with it and probably saved me some dough ( and a very long drive for her) by finding said model on an Ebay auction without a 10% buyers fee. So far so good. We have a tracking number!
This 1937 beauty is making a grand tour from Daly City in Sunny California (home of the Cow Palace just south of San Fransico) to Buckhannon, West Virginia and then finally to my home in Overland Park, Kansas.
WARNING: IF YOU ARE A PURIST… Read no more today.
This little machine is going to travel about 3,550 miles before I ever get to touch it, and I can hardly wait. The machine appears to have some wear to the decals, and some finish scuffing on the neck, and may need some foot pedal cable work. It’s hard to see defects from the Ebay photographs. My friend knows someone that is great at helping to give some TLC and hot rod old machines, and I hope to hire him! Cleanup, Tune Up, Strip Down, and Refinish & Decal. It reminds me of the scene in the Wizard of Oz before they have an audience! I also plan to figure out how to restore the case, which is in less than stellar condition… Stay tuned.
Can you imagine the fun we would all have if they made a reality show restoring and “hot rodding” vintage sewing machines! I bet mechanics, machine artists and wild quilty ladies involved with all of the curvy, chromed machines of the past could be a hoot. The machines would become showpieces of the future. Computerized, plastic machine cases may never be collectible like the older machines. They aren’t pretty, just very functional. Once the circuit boards are aged, they may just take up space. They don’t make sewing machines like they used to, and electronics are sometimes harder to repair. Don’t get me wrong. I love computerization. But I am very psyched about my new, old toy!
I wish I could go to WV and help with the process of stripping it down and refinishing it.
Do you have a hot rod in your collection?
Comment and tell me about it.
5 thoughts on “A Feathered Journey Begins”
That’s exciting! Are you going to Academy again? If so I look forward to seeing you again!
I want be at academy this year. I have opted to visit Quilt Week in Paducah, KY thus year instead. Have fun!
That map is TOO funny! And I think it’s fabulous that you’re going to restore that beauty. While older machines are chic, sometimes they are not very safe with their fraying cords and exposed wires. What good is a Singer if it burns down your house? And waste your hard-earned money on a bookend? No thanks. My friend recently gave me her 1980s Kenmore she had used maybe twice to sew a button. I just got her back from the “doctor” and she’s now my new Jeans Machine and the only non-computerized I have. She’s mechanical, sturdy and all metal and she glides through thick fabrics like butter. I hope you have a great time with your new baby! Can’t wait to see her final debut!
Good luck with your new purchase, could be fun and frustrating at the same time. Margaret Anderson