Poor 'Lil Sewing Machine...

Posted Thu, Jan 13 2011 10:45 PM by Mary Fons

I saw this sewing machine sitting outside in the freezing, freezing cold yesterday here in Chicago.

I mean, I think it's a sewing machine. It's like the skeleton of a sewing machine that sat in the attic or the basement or the bottom of the ocean for 50 years and then was dredged up to sit outside in a punishing Chicago winter for awhile until someone sees it and says, "Hey! I want THAT sewing machine!" 

As I walked away from it, I thought, "I have no desire to purchase that old, defunct sewing machine." And for a moment, I wondered if that was bad, if I should want to rehab old machines and start a collection and be all up on my sewing machine knowledge and be able to say in an important voice, "Oh, yes. That would be an original Singer Featherweight, circa XYZ and ABC and so forth." 

But the thing is -- and this is what I realized and what I share with you now -- is that I like to make quilts. I want a sewing machine to help me do that. I'm not a tinkerer. I'm not a handyman. I'm not a machine repairman and I'm not a sewing machine history buff. Not yet, anyway. I'm not a miracle worker either, which is what that hunk of metal is going to need if anyone's going to make any quilts with it. My point is that I'm a quilter, and that's what I want to be. So that poor little machine will just have to wait until someone comes along who has a love of making broken things work again. 

Me, I have a love of quilting. 

You know, that would be a great name for a show... ;)


# re: Poor 'Lil Sewing Machine...

Friday, January 14, 2011 8:19 AM by Deedrie

I think it always feels great when you finally realize you know your own limits.  I have a tough time with old stuff like that.  It's difficult to pass by, but I do my best to remind myself that it will probably just end up on a shelf in my basement.  Although honestly, I think the bigger question...is what is going on with the rabbit in the window?  Taxidermy 101 gone horrible wrong I suspect.

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Friday, January 14, 2011 10:12 AM by Linda

Limits??  I'm just learning that word.  I see old things (the rusty looking thing in the upper left of the picture) and think, "I could use that for..., I NEED it"  I am trying to get away from that kind of thinking, especially now that my 6 year-old granddaughter has voiced the things that I think and starting her own hoard.  I need to set a better example.  Well, she is learning to recycle and reuse and up purpose and...

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Friday, January 14, 2011 12:10 PM by Judy T-Bellingham

You were probably smart to pass it up. But If I had a large sewing room, I mean really large, that would be a great decor addition. How cool it would look on it's own shelf. But I have this tiny sewing room, 10x12, where I cram my cutting table, 2 sewing machines, computer and bookkeeping files. My lateral bookcase double serves as an ironing table. Oh, yea, I also share with our two cats and their cat tree. <sigh>

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Sunday, January 16, 2011 12:28 PM by Denisesargent433

I would have asked the price... Also the wire

basket is an egg basket... I would have  bought

both!!!  Where was this?  The name of the business?

You could plant flowers in the egg basket..

I would of used the egg basket for eggs ... I have a chickens!

Denise Sargent.. Huntington, WV