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One Too Many

To put it simply I have to many sewing machines and it’s time for a sale.  I have several antiques which I’d rather cut off a foot than sell.  I also have my first machine, an old Singer my aunt bought for me from Woolworth.  Who remembers that store?  And now I have my two loves, the Bernina 440 QE and 750 QE.  But before I took the Bernina plunge I invested in a Brother Innovis 40 (used less than a year).  It’s a great sewing machine but I wanted one that had a little more to offer.

That said I’m selling the Brother!  And here it is!


A few months ago I was helping a friend choose a new machine and almost all of the features we discussed are a part of this beauty.

1.  Speed control

2.  Needle down

3.  Drop in bobbin

4.  40 decorative stitches

and lots more.

I was going to do a full write up but there are only so many hours in a day.  You can read all about it here on the Brother website.


It comes with 7 accessory feet, standard.  But there included are a walking foot, darning/quilting foot and 1/4″ patchwork foot.



There are also about 20 extra bobbins.  Rather than emptying them I would just buy new ones!

The manual has a few folds from excessive referencing.  But still in great condition!


The storage area is very convenient and easily removable.


I’m also including a hard carry case.



It’s came in very hand for me for storage as well as keeping it clean and all parts and pieces in one place.


So there she is!!

Now I contacted the dealer, Hartsdale Fabrics, where I purchased the machine to double-check on pricing, etc.  I paid $449 (plus tax) for the machine.  Than approximately $200 for all the other accessories (including the carry case).  The MSRP is $649.

I’m selling this machine for $400, not including shipping.   If you or anyone you know is interested please feel free to contact me, via  email (dennig@hotmail.com) or you can send me a message via my Facebook page.




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Sew Me

As I said in my last post, I sat with my new mug rug, a big cup of tea and got to work on some more projects.  I’m on such a role with getting things done.

For those of you following me on Facebook you may have noticed the sewing machine in my cover photo.  My friend Sara, who does estate sales came across a toy model and held it for me.  When she asked if I were interested, I said I’d be right over.  I saw it and fell in love!!! It’s adorable but it’s old and needed a little protection…

I love the way this sewing machine cover came out and may have to make a matching one for Big B.

My favorite part was doing the embroidery.  Another little skill I’m trying to sharpen and really enjoy doing.  Pulling needle and thread is so soothing to me, like knitting stockinette stitch.

There more I do it the more I enjoy it.  Another good thing about it is its super portable.  (I’ll show you my little travel kit later)

Here’s a little side pocket, just because….

But enough on the cover, here’s my new “toy”…Isn’t it sweet?

I love the details on this machine.

It came bolted into this box and while it’s secure it’s so not pretty…

Can you see the writing on the top?  I tried to get a good picture…but…

To Virginia, Christmas 1918 from Mother and Father

I don’t think that was actually written by Virginia’s mom or dad but I love the idea of it.

Now it’s mine and will be well cared for…

I have to digress for just a moment.  Last night I thanked my husband for the 1,000th time for giving me the time and freedom to explore my interests.  He said with complete sincerity, if I’m happy then he’s happy…

Thank you for seeing and understanding ME!!

He is truly selfless and generous and I adore him.

PS. In case you lost count I’m up to 9 machines…(please don’t judge…lol)

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!!  We just relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company.  We also did a bit of antiquing on Sunday morning at the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in CT.  It was not as big as in past years but still fun. 

Ok…confession…please don’t judge me…I know I have a problem and will seek help (someday)…

I bought another sewing machine!!!!

I’ll save you the brains cells, this one makes 7…Lucky 7 (and probably my hint to stop).

I was honestly minding my own business walking with my hubby, daughter and in-laws when I heard it…my name being whispered very sweetly.  I turned my head and there it was.  I practically ran over to it.

A portable Singer in what appears to be pretty good working condition.

Isn’t she the cutest, little ol’ thang!  I had to have her!

She definitely has some weight to her but very carry-able.  This girl is going to find a home right next to Big B.  I’ve already cleared a  space, just as soon as she gets back from being cleaned and spruced up.  I swear it feels like I’m  single-handedly keeping Hartsdale Fabrics in business.

So here is the story…This was the first of 3 portable Singers I saw on Sunday.  This one was “$125, the 2nd was $295 (not as good condition but it had the attachments and manual) and the 3rd was $275 (same as the first).    I walked the entire market thinking and trying to justify/rationalize, etc.  Chris finally said just go buy it!!!! Yes, I have the best husband…ever!  I went back to find the first vendor and he was away from the table.  I waited, beat off a couple of other potential buyers, even wrestled it out of someone’s hands (kidding…not really.  Finally he showed up, apologized for make keeping me waiting and said wow, people are selling these for $ 200 and $300.  I said yeah, I saw that…so can you do a little better on this one…PAUSE!!! How about $100…SOLD!!!!!

Now she’s all mine!!!  Considering this is National Sewing Month (one more reason to love September) it seems quite fitting.  It’s also my birthday month.

Happy Birthday to me!

On a side note…Henry’s quilt is in the mail and mom left a very sweet, teary comment…I’m so happy right now!!!

On to the next reader quilt and another little quick project…

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We all collect things.  Some more than others, some for sentiment, some for monetary value, some…just because.  I am one to collect for sentiment.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you should know by now what a sentimental sap I am.  An emotional gush is always at the ready.  That said, this post is über sentimental and emotional, and for good reason.

During our vacation in Barbados last June I asked my Auntie Pam (the oldest of my mother’s 9 brothers and sisters) to begin making arrangements to have two sewing machines shipped to me.  Well it took 5 months for them to get here (dealing with US. Customs is not fun…), then another 2 months for me to get them cleaned and maybe even working again.    It was all worth the wait!!!!

Allow me to introduce you to my collection…..

This is the machine featured in the post I wrote last month about wanting another hour with my grandmother and great-grandmother.  In a way, Santa gave me my wish. 

Granny Fowler’s sewing machine before…

Here it is after a week with a very talented “repair man” at Hartsdale Fabrics.

1939 Singer Sewing Machine manufactured in England.  Just look at it….I didn’t even know that plate was silver.

Best part…it works!!! As Larry (the owner) wrote on the report, It Lives!! and sews beautifully. 

I can spend time with her now (in a unique way) on her machine.  Sewing to my hearts content.  No I can’t do any “heavy” work on it but a little piece of all my quilts can now be sewn on it.  A simple seam, a quilt block…a little something made together.

The base needs a little repair, which hubby is more than happy to do for me.

There is also a little mystery surrounding this machine.  When Larry was showing me the work he’d done he pointed out the wear and tear on the hand crank.  That type of corrosion he said usually happened when sewing machine were used on or near the ocean.  When I told my mum we both thought that this machine may have been a gift from my great-grandfather (a mariner) to the woman he loved.   But the dates don’t really work.  Suffice it to say (without airing all the King family laundry) that the  incurable romantic in me would like to believe that it passed through both their hands at some point.  And now it rests in mine, maybe even Kira’s someday.

It keeps getting better.  Here is the other machine that was shipped.  It belonged to my mum’s  Tanti Emlynn (not a real aunt but one of those women you grow up calling auntie, I had tons of them as a child).  She is the talent behind my mother’s wedding dress and those of 3 other sisters (7 total).

Here it is before…

And after…I’m in love.  My mother’s wedding dress was sewn on this beauty!! And now it’s mine

I tried finding the model number to date it but the numbers gave no results.  I’ll keep digging.  But I estimate it to about the 20s or 3os.

That is the little storage box set in the base, very handy.

and a bit dirty…Larry left it that way for me to clean but I think he must have known that I would leave it exactly as is.  Another reminder.

Clearly it has no effect on the machine’s stitching ability.  Another one I get to play with.

Now this one is dear to me in a completely different way.  At the beginning of last June (a very busy month for me) I passed by some signs in my neighborhood for an estate sale.  I thought why not.  So my little one and I took a walk.  As I walked around the house it was obvious that the woman who lived there had been a hoarder of sorts.  Everything was everywhere, floor to ceiling packed.  Thank God Kira didn’t mind still being carried in the Ergo on my back.  As I entered a particularly crowded room I saw this case.  There were some other people in the room too (no idea how we all fit) so I peeked in, closed the case headed out to pay.  I had a few other things, old microscope, books, tea cups.  Final cost $40…NICE!!!

Not bad….

1954 Singer Sewing Machine manufactured the US.

Now don’t ask me why but something made me go back into that room…Jack Pot! All the sewing attachments, threads, notions and even the original manual. 

I have no idea who the woman was who owned this machine but it is clear that she took care of it and used it.  It was a bit sad to watch people riffle through her things and even make “not so nice” comments about the state of the house.  Having this machine makes me feel like I’ve been able to preserve even a small part of her dignity.  By the way my buddy Larry cleaned this one up too and another success.  It works like a charm.

The collection grows.  This Singer, maufactured sometime in the 80s, was given to me by my Auntie Fay (my father’s sister) when I was  about  18.  I’d watched my mum sew (on a Sears Kenmore) for years and wanted one of my own.  Wish granted.  But I was young and had no discipline for it at all so it sat.  It sat for 20 years until Kira was born and I asked my mum to make me a sling to carry my baby girl.  She loved the machine and tried to show me again and again how to use it but again the timing was all wrong.  A brand new babe to care for in a one bedroom apartment.   Even if I’d wanted to there was no space or time.  So it sat some more.

The collection continues.  Not as “pretty” as the first three but I owe quite a debt to this baby. To put it simply I learned and fell in love with sewing on this machine. This is what I took to quilting class almost every Monday morning for months. It served me well and I  learned some valuable lessons. And not just about sewing.

When I worked in a knitting store I was a complete snob toward anyone not using Addi Turbos or who wanted to knit “just a scarf” or (God forbid) only wanted to knit with acrylic yarn. I was rude and condescending. When I ran into a problem one day with my Brother machine and asked for help. I was told (my friend you know I’m over this event and only using the story to make a point) well, if you had a Bernina….

In the moment I was so upset but later had a “ton of bricks dropped on my head” realization.  That’s how you’ve sounded you Den…I apologize to everyone.  I’d purchased the Brother because I didn’t have much experience sewing and didn’t feel ready for a fancy machine.  I also couldn’t really afford a Bernina.  You have to work with what you’ve got and I had no respect for that.  I more than do now.

So there they are, my beautiful sewing machine.  Now I just have to find a great place to display them (They also need covers which will be sewn on its respective machine of course).. That may have to wait for a little while until I find a good space and Kira gets a bit older.  The temptation to push buttons and turn handles is just too over whelming right now.  In the meantime I can move and use them when I want to.

Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics,

when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew;

especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied.

 ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859

I’m never more at home nor is my heart more happily occupied than when I am creating and now with such dear and inspiring company.

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Look what I just brought home…the birthday present from my hubby.

My local fabric store was selling their class room models to make room for the 500 Series.  Lucky me.  I was more nervous about bringing it home than I was bringing Kira home from the hospital. 

I’ve also never been more grateful to my husband for “getting me”…He really gets me and is the most supportive husband, friend, father on the planet.  Thank you my love….

Look what also arrived…(thanks to my May May who gave me a very generous gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.

Left: Butterscotch & Roses Jelly Roll Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics

Right: Curio Jelly Roll BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics

Left: Cape Ann Charm Pack Oliver & S for Moda Fabrics

Right: Little Apples Charm Pack Aneela Hoey for For Moda Fabrics

I think I’m going to need another one of each for the patterns I have in mind.

Come on…do I deserve all this…?

I HAVE A BERNINA YALL!!!!!!  I’m excited and so humble all at the same time.

I’d say the month is off to a pretty good start…

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