One of those weeks; worked hard, got stuff done and didn't finish any projects.
One job was mending. Got out my Featherweight White Singer (love). It couldn't handle the jeans belt loop repairs.
Got out my vintage PFAFF 219-5. Wouldn't work, motor made noise, nothing else happened (and this is my go-to machine!) - haven't done any sewing for at least 5 years.
Finally went to my 'big' storeroom and hauled up my Mom's Black Singer - 1950's era. HEAVY.
It worked. I zig-zagged some patches on to a pair of 30 year old never wear out blue jeans with my heavy duty needle (amazed I even found one in my sewing supplies). Turned the cam 'dial' to 0 (zero) and straight stitched.
Replaced the bobbin case in 2009 (receipt still in bag with bobbin case).
Learned how to sew and made many clothes on this machine. All my sibs did - and the guys gave it a really tough workout.
My sister is a master of sewing machines and a master of creating with fabric.
My big love before computers (1981 was my Computer Heaven intro) was sewing. I took all the sewing classes in high school and when a course number was changed I took that class again too. My sewing teacher helped me make my grad dress (slippery material, lined, side zipper, all sorts of tough little details - who knew!).
So, back to repairing jeans - and a shirt with a pocket problem and t-shirts that needed the 'shirt over shirt look' added.
Skills returned as I used the machine - filling bobbins, needle inserted correctly, correct threading - all remembered. Found what I needed in my sewing drawers, much of it is vintage.
I used that machine so many hundreds of hours since I first started sewing in my pre-teens (remember doll clothes?), through high school projects, repairing, hemming, altering.
My parents gave me a Kenmore when I graduated. Used it for a great many years. Moved on to a Cortina when the Kenmore needed big repairs (sort of 'traded up') - I remember how thrilled I was to have a working machine again (and I made most of my clothes for a great many years as well as my little son's until he noticed, around grade 4 that I was making - not buying his clothes, made a few neat shirts for my DH too in those years, some vests and Tshirts for my Mom and Dad, things like that).
The poor Cortina met its maker when the grown up son and his friend borrowed my machine to repair jeans and bent the metal rod that holds the presser foot and needle. I did not have positive thoughts about that!
Missed Singers. As you can see I am back at the beginning with Mom's 1950's era Black 306K Singer. Went online to check out the 306K, based on the serial # I am thinking in was a 1954 made machine - a lot of info available.
Nice memory lane visit for me.
Thanks for visiting today.
p.s. - jeans repairs not completed yet and there is another t-shirt to work on as well