Vintage gifts for a Vintage birthday

Friday 30 August 2013

Hola! As I mentioned in my last post I recently celebrated a bit of a milestone birthday, reaching the ripe old age of 40.

What a party! For the first time in my life (other than our wedding) we had a catered event. What a revelation! So easy, so relaxing and so delicious. (Thanks Mum, such a wonderful gift).

My best memories of the day are simply being amongst my beloved family and friends, but I must admit to being pretty spoiled in the gift department as well. P, in particular, did extraordinarily well. Today I'm sharing the fabulousness of...

Gift from Hubby Number 1:

I understand if you are swooning right now. Sigh...
That my friends is a beeeeeeeeautiful Singer Featherweight 221K, serial number dating it to February 14th, 1950. Yes, that would be Valentine's Day. Could it be any more kismet?

I have been in love with these machines for a very long time. They are seriously a work of art, I mean, look...

Flawless scroll plate

That scroll face is ridiculous. What happened to the days of sublime excess in product design? Bring them back, I say!!

Truth be told this little baby arrived on my doorstep in February this year, with promises to P that it would remain in the closet until my birthday arrived. Hmmmm. I kept my end of the bargain, but P kept suggesting I get it out and take it for a drive and really, how could I resist that? I have the world's best hubby...

Remember that totes bonanza and iPad sleeve from a while ago? All done on this awesome machine. I gotta tell you, I was sewing through some serious layers when it came the iPad sleeve. Knife through butter, baby, knife through butter. They just don't make them like that anymore.

This Featherweight is in great shape. Her surface is pretty much unmarred except for a smallish scratch in the front of the fold down bed. She gleams and twinkles in the light, with the most charming of personalities.

I shall call her Miss Kitty. Meeeow.

She had been fully serviced and the cord and foot controller re-wired prior to delivery, so Miss Kitty was purring like the proverbial from the get go. I ended up buying her through Ebay, and the UK no less. Always a major risk in my mind, but I really had a good feeling. And getting a Featherweight locally is incredibly difficult and/or expensive. Even accounting for international courier delivery I am still ahead.

She came with the original manuals.

And all these fabulous attachments:
  • Ruffler - used to make gathered and pleated ruffles. It's adjustable for one, six and 12 stitch ruffles
  • Foot Hemmer - used for fine hemming, ruffle edges and hemmed seams
  • Adjustable Hemmer - will allow the making of hems from 3/16th inch wide
  • Edge Stitcher - used for insertion of lace etc, tucking, French seaming, facing and seam finishing
  • Zipper foot (adjustable) - used for zipper insertion, tubular cording, corded seams and slipover welting
  • Multi-slotted piper and binder - to apply binding and piping.

All the above are pretty stock standard, but mine came with some extras: the Singer Automatic Zig-Zag Attachment (Made in Switzerland) and Singer Buttonhole Attachment (No. 86662). These take the machine from being a simple straight-stitcher to a whole other level!

Peeps, I have a confession. I haven't tried any of these yet! I am terrified... but I think it's time.

To make it complete I'd love a graduated throatplate! Anyone got one of those lying around? It sure would save me having to put revolting masking tape on mine to mark a 1.5cm seam allowance. Anyone? Anyone?

I'm off to ogle the beauty of Miss Kitty. And maybe take her through her paces, I hear vintage machines like these don't like to be left alone for too long.

Do you have a vintage obsession? I'd love to hear about it!

Stay tuned for Gift from Hubby Number 2. He really outdid himself this year.


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