Thursday, April 25, 2013

A small finish


My chair pads were in pretty bad shape and when I came across this fabric in my stash, I knew it would be perfect for summer chair pads.  Then once I was done with the chair pads and back covers, I had enough for a table topper.  I have had this fabric for years and I believe I probably bought it to make covers for the back porch chairs, but I do love it inside.IMG_0026This is one of my ‘vintage’ machines.  I had bought the cabinet with a non-working machine several years ago.  I have a couple vintage Singer machines and had the hopes of putting one of them in this cabinet.  After I refinished the cabinet, I was pretty disappointed that my Singer did not fit…  After my SIL passed, her husband sent this machine home with my hubby (along with tons of fabric!)  It was in a small square cabinet, but when I saw that it was a Kenmore, I knew where it was going.  This machine is in such good shape and I do enjoy taking it out and using it.  I just wish I had room in my sewing room for it.  It sits in my living room… Anyway, I was just straight stitch quilting the table topper, moving along at a pretty good pace and heard this sort of grinding sound and the needle was not going up and down!  I oiled the machine and checked the tightness of the belt… alas, I believe the motor is toast!  I know my late SIL put this machine to good use – she was an amazing seamstress and overall sewist!   My hubby is gone for a few days helping to get a youth camp ready for the summer season, but when he gets home, I’ll have him look at it.  I do believe if he determines it is the motor, I will take it in and have a new motor put on it….  

I am still on the lookout for a cabinet that can house one of my Singers.  I won’t care if it is in rough shape.  It can be renewed  Smile

So that is what I’ve been up to along with getting the kitchen cupboards cleaned out and reorganized.  I could have spent one full day doing it all, but I have discovered that I did not find it such a chore since I’ve spread it out over several days.



A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Great covers! And I like your machine in front of the window - I'd have it set up there all of the time - ;))

Your mention of the sewing machine belt reminded me of the time I went to replace a belt on my vacuum cleaner. I went to the store and took the broken belt with me. I asked the guy if he had any belts like it - he said, "No, all of my belts are round." Mine of course, was broken and not "round" any more. I loved his sense of humor - so I bought TWO - ;))

Deb Lindley said...

Hey Miss Katie,
I must've missed this post while I was 'upstairs' for the past couple of weeks. LOVE your new 'indoor' fabric for you chair pads and table topper, how spring/summery w/fresh, crisp look and feel - great job!

Oh how I hope you can get that trusty Kenmore back to working, your dear SIL would love that you are continuing to put it to such good use ;-)

PS...You did an awesome job refinishing that cabinet, too!