New Bundle of Joy

I welcomed a new baby into the fold about 2 months ago! This new baby is not really new, just new to me! Actually, it’s decades older than me! A few months ago, I had a conversation with my sewing machine guy, Mr. Bill (aka the genie). I told him I wanted a walking foot machine for sewing leather. This was an idea I concocted after watching every You Tube video of Arthur Porter who is a master leather craftsman (IMO)! A walking foot! Poor delusional me! My budget did not and does not allow for this type of machinery! Mr. Bill, with his infinite wisdom, knew of a cheaper but just as reliable alternative for this home sewist and being the Genie that he is, set out to find me a Singer industrial straight stitch machine that would do exactly what I needed at a fraction of the cost!



Isn’t she purty? She was owned by some company (probably several companies) and was well taken care of! Mr. Bill cleaned her up, dropped her (gently) in a newer table and put in a new motor! She even has a knee lever to raise the presser foot allowing me to keep my hands free!


Inquiring minds need to know so I took to the Internet to learn what I could about the model. Some other savvy researcher made my search so much easier by posting a link to the operations manual. Not so newsworthy I know, but what is fascinating is that the link is to the Smithsonian Institute! My new baby actually has been referenced in the Smithsonian! In the words of Maximus from the Gladiator, “Are you not amused?” Love that movie!

I don’t know if you can see the date in the upper left hand corner, but this model is circa 1916!


Just for S&G, I thought it would be cool to look up events from that time period and here are just a few: the first football game was played at the Rose Bowl; the PGA was formed; women were allowed to attend a boxing match; Mary Pickford became the first female film star to get a million dollar contract; and lastly, Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity was presented! So cool!

Mr. Bill said it would last another 50 years easily! Who knows what other world events she’ll see along the way!


Stick To The Plan

I admire sewists who formulate a wardrobe plan, assemble all their patterns and sew according to that plan! I on the other hand, haven’t been able to stick to my plan! There’s always a new pattern sale to derail my plan! For instance, this Burda pattern I picked up and had to sew immediately! I really love the silhoullette! It has the illusion of separates but it’s actually a dress!

I used a black and cream rayon for the skirt from my favorite local fabric store, Habermans. I used a peachskin from Joanns for the top.




The first one turned out so nicely, I decided to make it again!

For the next version, I had a yard of waxed cotton I bought a few years ago at a sewing expo. I had no idea what to do with it and thought it would be worth the experimentation! I paired it with an orange linen blend for the top. A very unexpected color combo, but I like it!




I forgot to alter the skirt making it straight instead of a-line as I did with the first version. I may redo it later.
This is a nice, easy straightforward pattern. The only mild dislike would be the 2 pleats at the rear hip line area. They seem to call too much attention to that area! All in all, I really like the outcome!