Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guess What Followed Me Home?

What a glorious trip I had last week. I visited my mom out of province, enjoyed a golf game with her and lots of movie and "we" time, and found a treasure in the local Singer shop that followed me home. Meet my new 50-year old baby, a 1964 Singer 221K Featherweight.


It was made in Great Britain, has the original carrying case and manual, has a new belt and pedal, and has been completely serviced by the Singer QS. I have been googling FWs all weekend long and read a great review of this model at Cheeky Cognoscenti's blog HERE. I had also been checking prices online and was thrilled to see a FWat a price that was affordable for me, reconditioned and ready to go. I shared my news with Kaaren at The Painted Quilt and she directed me to a site that specializes in FWs HERE. I think there is a 1/4" attachment calling my name!

The straight stitch on the FW is perfect and I have already wound the bobbin and threaded the machine with no problems at all. Because the FW is so tiny, about 9.5" x 13", I have set it up in one of the spare bedrooms to use with my smaller projects. I found an inexpensive portable table at the local department store with adjustable heights which works really well. It will be the perfect machine to use once I finish appliqueing my orange peels and am ready to start sewing the little blocks together. 


I had been looking for a white FW for the last few years but hadn't been ready to make the commitment. When I saw this on Friday, I swear it had my name on it!

Why do I need to set up my FW in the spare room? Because my Country Homecoming quilt is ready to machine applique so my sewing corner in the basement will be filled with stars, berries, and vines. The fusible web did the trick and everything is set and waiting for me. We are having beautiful hot summer days this week so the colour in the picture I took yesterday is a little washed out. I'll take another picture when it is a finish. I used homespuns and flannels throughout...what a cosy quilt it will be!


Thanks so much for coming by. I know how busy everyone is so when you take some time out of your day to visit me, I truly appreciate it.

It's a great day for quilting!

40 comments:

  1. what a treasure, enjoy your new machine! love your quilt, its been on my list way to long I need to make that quilt too
    just love it….
    Kathie

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  2. Your enthusiasm is overflowing in your post for your new baby. She is a cutie. I know you'll have fun with her. Your quilt is another beauty. Love it.

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  3. Beautiful Lesley and I wish one of those would follow me home!!

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  4. Beautiful machine! I would love to have a FW and I'm always looking for one that is in good shape AND affordable..... so far haven't found the affordable one. I hope you have many years of enjoyment with your new treasure!

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  5. That is really beautiful! You are going to love it.

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  6. Your new FW is gorgeous and you will love it! I really enjoy sewing on mine and I absolutely love listening to its hum. So happy you found the perfect one! ~Jeanne

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  7. What a beautiful little machine, Lesley! Lucky you!!
    Your orange peel blocks look very nice. Good work--as always!
    Love the cozy house quilt. Are you keeping this one?

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  8. Congrtulations on your new FW - she is very sweet. Oh, love your cozy house quilt!

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  9. Love the new work horse!! Sew cute! And love your homespun houses!! Perfect!

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  10. Cute little machine. I love my featherweights. Your house quilt is wonderful. It looks so homey and fall!

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  11. You lucky girl ! It is a beauty !

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  12. Oh, I am so envious of your little FW. I have been looking for a white one for ages, but nothing in this area that I see or could afford either. Only see them at Big quilt shows for Big prices. Your homespun houses quilt looks so inviting to sleep under or cuddle with. I may have to do something with homespuns one day. They always feel so wonderful.

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  13. Never too busy to catch up on your blog. I'm glad you and the white FW came together at the right time. I had a moment like that a couple weeks ago when I found garage sale leftovers at my mother's nursing home. A 1954 Singer 15-91 was calling my name. I didn't truly start out to collect but I think I might just have fallen into it. Enjoy your latest machine!

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  14. You sound over the moon with your purchase! What a cutie it is! I love your homecoming quilt too, the border finishes it off beautifully!

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  15. Congratulations on your new purchase , she sure is a beauty and I know you will enjoy sewing on her as well. Your quilt looks just fabulous , I love it !

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  16. A great addition to your sewing supplies Lesley! I had a white featherweight years and years ago (high school?) and now I have a black one. Be sure to look up the manufacture date for yours - then you can buy new fabric for it as a birthday present! LOL

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  17. How could you resist? It's beautiful!! As is your Country Homecoming quilt!!

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  18. I have a FW 1961 model made in Great Britain too. I love its perfect stitch and how easy it is to take places.The handle on my case is cracking due to the old plastic...Your Country Homecoming quilt looks good. I am using wool felt for my borders.

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  19. what a wonderful quilt - i just love all your fabric choices.

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  20. Of course you brought it home ... it was made for you!

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  21. What a precious machine. You know what you like. Congrats on your acquisition.

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  22. You realize that you have to give "her" a name, don't you? She is really beautiful and I'm a LITTLE envious but I love my FW that was I inherited from my Mom. It truly is special. I ordered the open toe 1/4" foot, 10 bobbins, a replacement lightbulb and one of the new foot pedals today. I think it'll be much easier to use than the original which I find a bit awkward. Maybe the next time we get together we can sew on our FW's. Wouldn't that be fun?

    I absolutely LOVE your Country Homecoming quilt. I think I might just have to bump this one up on my "to do" list. It looks divine!

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  23. Sweeeeeeeeeet!! Love it!

    Love your Country Home quilt too. It's fabulous!

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  24. A new toy. Things don't get much better than that. It's too cute!

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  25. Wow, your new old machine even looks beautiful. Lucky you.

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  26. OMG, I love this quilt! It's so wonderful… the colors, the windows… hehehe… It's really really nice.

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  27. What a cute little machine you found. Your Homecoming quilt looks wonderful too.

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  28. Wow,how wonderful. Your new little toy looks great. I hope you have a wonderful time playing.
    Love the way your stars, berries and vines are looking! That is a gorgeous quilt.

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  29. Wow what a great new addition to your sewing family. When I go out nothing like that every follows me home. Love the orange peel blocks.

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  30. Lucky you! What a find! Love, love, love it! I might have to start looking for one like that now.
    Can't wait to see your orange peels all sewed up. The FWs are such a treat to piece with.
    Your Homecoming quilt top is amazing! Awesome vine border.

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  31. She's a beauty! Enjoy every minute! Your Country Homecoming quilt is amazing...Love it!

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  32. Lovely quilts Lesley, glad to see you are back in full swing!

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  33. Lesley, your Homecoming Quilt is just stunning. The colours and the fabrics in there are so lovely. It will be great when finished - do show it. (Funny, but I have just made some ceramic bowls using a 'school-house' block design, which I'd not used before). xCathy

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  34. Love love the quilts and the machine, Great Britain eh!

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  35. Congratulations on the new baby!!!! You'll love her! And the really great thing is that SHE will spoil YOU, rather than the other way around as with a human baby LOL!!! Love the color too :*) Your Homecoming quilt is totally cozy - the border is so worth the extra effort (and loss of room!)

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  36. My husband found one of the white/celery colored featherweights in an antique shop in Vermont. At a good price. I missed it in the shop so thank goodness for his eagle eye. You will enjoy it. I ordered a 1/4" foot for all of my featherweights through Annie's Attic online catalog, if I remember correctly.

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  37. What a beauty...love the house quilt...I so want to make one....on my list!!

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  38. Love love love your new little machine and everything you are working on!

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  39. I'm so excited for you - a white featherweight! My best friend just discovered her aunt has a featherweight and is going to will it to her. Her aunt is 80+ and is making arrangements for her treasures and this was to be my friend's gift....so sweet. blessings, marlene

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