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Thursday, June 30, 2011

I went to Montavilla

sewing center in Gresham yesterday.
I wanted to see if they had any of the Bernina adapters on hand, knowing it would cost a little more than getting it online and having it shipped.
They had none in stock, but the woman behind the counter said she could order one for me.
So we wandered over to their computer, in order for her to check the price.
She said 29.95, and then said 'oh wait, that's wrong...that's way too cheap!'
She finished at 45something......
I don't like to be mean.. really, but who in the hell are they kidding?
I JUST bought one online for 14$
I would have to be an idiot to spend 3x the money for something that I would have to wait for and then go pick up...


is the Bernina adapter foot at work!
I use my singer ruffler with the 730(the blackside version because it looks cooler)

to compare

i think it's best to show the actual difference:
the 730 has much more rounded features.
like an old porsche compared to a K car!
mechanically, they are identical.

The Bernina adapter

seems to work very very well!
I had no problems using either my ruffler or hemmer feet with it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We have a winner!

For those of you who read this blog more than once...
You know how much of a vintage Singer snob I am.
I can't help it, the engineering is just so nice,
I'm really really liking the Bernina 730 Record.
I Have an 830 as well, but it looks too boxy for me to enjoy using it as much(visuals play a big part in my tastes)
The 730 is really fun to sew on, makes nice stitches, and is generally a snazzy machine!
I took the knee lift thingy off because all that really does is annoy me.

Bear with me...

while this is not sewing machine related...
I found something yesterday in a thrift store that I HAVE to share..

Yeah... that's a sterling silver (950) coffee pot and sugar bowl.
Solid sterling. 
Both pieces cost me 35$. Combined it's over 2 lbs of silver, and it's freaking GORGEOUS!

Now I just have to find the matching creamer!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Here we go again

this is my Record 730.
I've never actually used any of the Bernina machines I there may be a bit of a learning curve.

I came across this beauty in a thrift store, in her original case with the extension table and knee thingy for under 100. Only had one foot, but that doesn't matter too much.
So I got an adapter that lets her use short shank feet (of which I have probably 1-2k).

This denim dress will be the first time I've actually sewn a project on one of them, instead of just running them through tests and tuning them up!

Friday, June 24, 2011

I need to make

a smaller apron for this dress too..

though I am quite pleased with how it turned out!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I need to put it through the wash to find the threads that need trimming, but aside from's good to go!

I took

the tension apart with the help of one of the cats!
as cats so often are, she was very helpful.
no, really!
Now the tension is rebuilt and adjusted, and she's back to sewing purrrfectly!

One of those days...

the 221 isn't cooperating well.. it's developed a tension issue that I must address.
but it is cute!

So, the weather here is still non-cooperative, as far as summer dresses go.

But I will carry on! The next dress will be mostly sewn on my Bernina Record 730. I need to get a hemmer foot and a ruffler foot for that machine(and my 830 because they share the same mounting)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

closer to done!

the velveteen skirt is a huge pain in tha butt on a 221!
I actually had to ruffle it on one of my 401s.

blogger issue?

I am seemingly unable to post pictures at the moment....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Starting the red and black!

The zigzagging will be done with the original zigzag attachment:
This should prove interesting!


removed the negative feedback from my account after I asked them to look into it.
I feel a bit better about the whole thing now.
I do worry about the buyer though, I think she's going to have a really hard life

Sunday, June 19, 2011

2 more

This time I'm going to do 2 at once, I think that will save time.
I'll be sewing them on this machine:
it will require a slight tune up, but it's a good trial run!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Website rebuilt!

So, to distract myself and take a break from cleaning...
I redesigned and rebuilt the website...
Let me know what you think , I got rid of the frame on the left hand side and created
new navigation buttons!
  1. yay!

Further adventures in cleaning the living room!

Not sure if I like this yet...

Here's my question:
Do I display the non-Singers as well?
I have a few Pfaff 130s, a couple of Bernina machines, and a handful of vintage Necchis too.

Bought another 221...

recently, a centennial.
And in the case was a ton of goodies.
One of the neatest things (to me):
these old unmarked scissors. No idea who made them or where.
but the design is wonderful and they are still frighteningly sharp.

Friday, June 17, 2011


The next dress will feature the heart fabric on the front of the bodice, as well as on the ruffles.
My sister-in-law so decreed!

I'm going to make it using the 221 centennial I just picked up yesterday....
I think I have 4 or 5 of them now...

I'm also redesigning our living room to show off my machines better!

the new 221 docking station! This way I can just grab one to sew with!
though I need at least one more rack :)


Thursday, June 16, 2011

so far

Fabric for the next summer dress!

I think this has the potential to be super cute!
The question:
Do I use the heart pattern just for the ruffles, or do I make the front panel of the bodice from it as well?

I HATE scammers..

on Etsy.
Drives me batty!
So, I sold this thing to this person, and then I get a note saying they didn't receive it.
So, I use the USPS tracking number to show them that it had been delivered 3 days prior to that...

So THEN she says "Oh wait, here it is, but it's not what I thought it was and I'm terribly disappointed that you scammed me so, oh woe is me" etc etc etc
(the ad had pictures detailing exactly what was there)

Do I have 'idiot' tattooed on my forehead?

Soooo you were hoping to get it for free by claiming it never arrived and when that fails you no longer want it?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

dun like John Donne!

And the 500 makes a small cameo appearance in the corner there!
How stylish!

almost done

The weather refuses

to cooperate with my making of summer dresses...
low 60s? in June?
We had the heat on last night....
climate change is a myth, my ass.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


So the skirt is a poplin that I got from Goodwill, I got the whole bolt for 12$
the main bodice color is a sheet set from Value Village.
And the trim is a cotton I got from Salvation Army....or Union Gospel...
closer and closer!

Purple bodice

I made a few mistakes on this one.
Oh well!
it'll be FINE :)

Annnnd another!

Some of the fabrics I'll be using for the next dress, and the Rocketeer!

Monday, June 13, 2011


And I'll be making it on the 500A.
Because I can :D

If  anyone wants me to use a specific machine, just let me know and I'd be 
more than happy to oblige!
Odds are, I have it, if it's a vintage Singer!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


on a new yellow variation, this time 
on the Rocketeer.
but I have a cold, so I am not doing ANYTHING today!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Yellow done!


I don't really like

The choice of using odd size needles for the 319. 
I think it was a bad idea and it's pretty much the one flaw in an otherwise perfect machine.

It's the sound that gets to me.

You see, the tip of each needle is where the shortened  length comes from.
So the angle of the tip is much more obtuse than with standard needles.

Which basically makes the needle into a sort of 'fabric awl'.
It  makes a very poppy sound.
Everything else about this machine is so nice that a small detail like this really has an impact.
Apparently there is a thing yo u can do to the needle bar to change this. But then you don't have a true 319...
All in all, I'd still say despite this and the stupid little handle this is my favorite vintage zig zag machine.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Near disaster, and other tragicomedies.

So, I got really pissed off this morning at the grocery store by some idiot in a Jeep SUV parking in 4 spaces...
It's not a large parking lot, so that's about 20% of the total spaces.
I don't know why I let rudeness irritate me as much as I do, but I guess there's some lesson there I need to learn.
or something.

Part duh:
Working on the new dress on the 319.
Tip the machine back in it's stand to change the bobbin thread.
Bump into the machine while it's tipped back, and watch in slo mo as it tips over and falls off the back of the desk I'm sewing on...
It landed on the thread tension thing at an angle and totally bent/ruined it.

And then I thought:
"Oh, but it's a Singer!"
so I went to my parts room, to a donor machine, pulled the front tension assembly, and replaced the bent one.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

next dress

Will be yellow and yellow (and maybe more yellow)
it will
also be made on my 319W.

Right off the bat I notice a few things:
1. the smoothness of the 130 is almost exactly the same as the 319.
2. the harp is taller in the 319.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fabric choices.

Can't decide..

The next summer dress may be denim bodice/black skirt...
I haven't totally chosen between that and something brighter.

Stitch length control for the Pfaff 130.
I like it mostly.
But, the screw thingy only locks it in place. I'm spoiled by my Singers and their range lock.
(So you can get the same length in both forward and reverse)

Monday, June 6, 2011

summer summer summer!

two shots of the new dress in action, I may make a shorter apron just to go with it.
not sure if it'll be black or lavender....

this is the dial a stitch knob thingy
for the Pfaff 130.
And to be perfectly frank, I sort of hate it. It doesn't lock into position, so you can set the stitch to 0 width and it will wiggle it's way to 1 or 2.
The screw thing doesn't do much of anything, and there are only 3 possible needle positions.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

one of the things

I really like about the Pfaff 130 is the spool pin system.
It's just such a better idea than any of the others I've used.
see how the thread goes through?
Simple, elegant, and ingenious. This solves a lot of problems with thread snarls and things.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

C'est Fini!

Summer dress #2 done.. and I'm getting all sorts of ideas swirling through my head for outfits to follow this one. With any luck, my brain will manage not to explode!

Basic form..

I've even run this bit through the wash to help me find threads that need trimming and or other flaws I may have missed!
A bit more ruffling for the hem of the skirt and I'll have a new summer dress.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Impressions of a nice machine:

The Pfaff130 is that, a nice machine.
It is functionally the equivalent of the Singer 306, the gearing and bobbin hook are almost identical.
It's a smooth machine, who's power is determined by the external motor attached.

In fact there are a few ways in which it is superior to the 306(including a socket that is far easier to rewire).
That and the ability to use standard size needles, fall in the 130s favor.

But the price difference, to me, isn't really borne out by the machine's performance.

130s tend to command a much higher price than 306s. In fact, 130s tend to price out right around where 319s do. And the choice between a 130 and a 319 is a no brainer(319 wins by a landslide)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bodice done!


is finished minus the ruffle along the bottom.
Time to add the ruffle along the bottom!

Another thing I've noticed:
The hemmer feet for the pfaff are designed for zigzag stitching, and if you try to use them with a straight stitch, it just doesn't work well, regardless of needle position. Personally, I consider this a flaw in the design.
The ruffler seems to work fine, but it's made by Greist so of course it does.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The bodice

is pretty much done.
There;s still a bit of fitting to do to it, but by and large it's finished!

In my haste to use the 130 for this garment, I violated my own cardinal rule. It turns out it's a good thing the machine messed up, otherwise I would probably not have noticed a HUGE flaw in the wiring of the light fixture until I actually managed to shock myself.
well, it's rewired now!