Saturday, November 19, 2016

It runs!

When buying a vintage sewing machine in person, I can check how it runs.  That doesn't mean it sews, but I can usually tell.  I check to see if the feed dogs move, if the bobbin spins, and if the machine responds to different settings.

Buying a machine over the internet is entirely different. The seller assures you it runs.  However, recently I bought two Singers from Goodwill online that ran, but that was it.

The first is a Touchtronic 2001.  It was $7.99 plus $15.00 shipping.  I have a Touchtronic 2000 and haven't been able to find a 2001 locally, so I took a chance.

Touchtronic 2001

Once I received it, I was relieved all the electronics worked fine, but it was out of time and would not sew. When taking the bottom off, I found plastic gear pieces falling out.

I never replaced gears in a sewing machine, but after searching the internet I found a set for $10.  It took a little tinkering to get it sewing, but in the end, I feel it is worth it.

The second is a Diana 560.  It was $7.99 and $13 shipping.
Diana 560

The same thing happened. It was out of time and the gears were crumbling.  I searched the I internet for some gears and got it sewing again.
Old gears

New gears
The 2001 is 38 and the Diana is 40 years young.  It is hard to believe 1976 was 40 years ago!  So I don't fault the machines, I am just happy gears are readily available.

Original TV commercial from 1978:


Just a short blog to remind myself and others a vintage machine might need some repairs besides cleaning and oiling.  Just because it runs, doesn't mean it sews.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Buttrick 3363 update

The front of Butterick 3363 has an artist's rendition of the jacket being sewed with it.  It is hard to tell what it will look like when it is finished.
Butterick 3363

I know it is a 70s pattern, thus having large lapels.  Since I am making it in a light-blue cotton, I am realizing I could wear this to a Prom.  All I would have to do is add a tuxedo shirt.

Original 70s suit on Etsy.com

This pattern has a lot of extra material to "ease in" to the armhole. If I made this again, I would try to adjust the armcap to remove some ease.  I don't want to know how many times I ripped and re-sewed the shoulder seams.


Check out the lapels!

This 70s style is slim fitting.  I  wear a size 36 and with this being a 38 it is still form fitting.

Not lined or hemmed

It is supposed to have a half-lining.  I am thinking about making a full lining.  That is if there is enough room!

I like this jacket pattern.  I am thinking when I am finished with this one, I could make another in  beige and with smaller lapels.  This would be more my style.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

1970s Butterick Jacket

Butterick 3363 is definitely under way.  The muslin I made from this size 38 jacket pattern fit fine after lengthening the body 1 inch and the arms 2 inches.  It has a slimmer fit than the Butterick 6022 jacket I made.
Buttrick 6022

Buttrick 3363

I purchased this pattern because  I liked the Butterick 6022 jacket I made a few months ago.  It had a good fit, especially in the armscyes, with only the sleeves needing lengthened to fit me.

I decided to use a light-blue cotton material for the jacket and a dark blue polyester as the lining. I bought both  at Walmart for $1 a yard. It will look Groovy!  I think the Bradys would approve.





I am using a premade chest-piece from Wawak.com, even though the directions for this jacket show how to make one.


More on my new jacket project next time.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Child's Purse/Messenger Bag

I enjoy using my embroidery machines.  The sound of the machine and the images being produced are relaxing.  I make pillows and towels, but a chance for a different embroidery project excited me.

I found a pattern for a messenger bag.  I decided to make one, even though I wouldn't use it.  Maybe give it away.

I used my older Simplicity SE3 with the multi-position hoop to make the design for the flap.  Since the design is bigger than the hoop, there are three different positions so the hoop can be moved in order to continue.

Once I assembled it, I decided it is more like a child's purse.  Cute, but I am not sure a man or woman would use it.

For now, it is hanging in my sewing room for decoration.


I am glad I did this project.  I like doing different things. However, I am being lured back to making another jacket.  You are probably saying "Ugh!"

I was planning to make some jeans, but a Butterick jacket pattern came my way and I was hooked.  I think it is the perfectionist in me trying to find a jacket pattern I like and that I can sew.
Butterick 3363

I have Kwik Sew 3504 and some denim ready for jeans, but if I can find some material I might be in jacket-land again.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Same Day

I told myself I was cutting my sewing machine collection.  No more buying sewing machines, except for Berninas.

I found a White 793 on Shopgoodwill.com.  These always sell for too much and/or cost too much shipping when found online.

I saw the $9.98 starting price and  it was in Sacramento.  Timing couldn't be better.  I was going to Sacramento this week, so if I won the machine I could pick it up.

To my surprise I was the only one to bid on it.  I paid the $9.98 and $5.00 handling.  Still a bargain.

It was in a bad part of town, so I went to the Goodwill, told my name, and the clerk rolled my machine out in a cart.  I quickly put it in my car and came home.

I opened it up today to try it.  I can't believe the warranty card has 9/30/72 as the purchase date.  Forty-four years from first owner to me.


White 793

A beautiful stitch.  I can't wait to try it out on my next project.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Casual Coat/Jacket

When I think of how many months and how many jackets have passed since I started this jacket project, I am in disbelief.  It seems like I started yesterday.

I wanted a jacket to wear on a cruise in January, so I started in November to get it done.  Not liking that jacket, I made not one, not two, but three more jackets.   Plus innumerable muslins. Each in my mind having better attributes than the prior one.

This one is Simplicity 3708.  I half followed the instructions, and half used techniques I learned from YouTube and Craftsy. I adjusted the armscyes, the length of the arms, and body.  There aren't any shoulder pads or chest piece.   I removed the rear vents because I couldn't get them to look right.  It has a collar stand, so the collar sits more erect. This is actually an unlined coat, but pretty close to what I wanted.





This is a coat I will definitely wear when the temperature cools this fall.

Now I am definitely burned out on making jackets.  I am starting on a messenger bag I am sewing my Bernina 840 Favorit.  More on the bag next time.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Three Steps Forward


I actually sold two sewing machines on eBay and gave one to the local thrift store.
I thought I was gaining some room, and working on my SMAD(Sewing Machine Addiction Disorder).
The three steps forward were quickly cut by two steps.  A friend of my mother gave me two machines.  The woman delivered them to the door instead of letting me pick them up.  I assumed they would be portables.
I now have a Singer 15-91 and a White Rotary in cabinets to make room for.  I received them in clean and shiny condition
They both sew great.  Dating them; the Singer is 1955 and the White is 1927.  Mother's and Grandmother's machines?




The Simplicity 3708 jacket is coming together.  I will have more on it next time.

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