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1  vintage Singer questions. Any help would be amazing :) in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by bloodybella on: January 18, 2011 02:37:49 PM
So yesterday (MLK day), I was at work but my husband decided to go down to the local goodwill (50% off sale for MLK day) in search for a banjo he saw a few days before. The banjo had been sold but being the amazing man that he is he stopped by the craft isle where we had seen an old singer to see if it was still there. He found it, cleverly hidden under and behind tons of holiday decor and gift bags.

He called me and said "the sewing machine is still here. Marked $25 so its $12.50. Should I get it?" To which i replied "of course". Neither of us have any idea about older machines, but its made of metal and has some great decorative markings and a few ornately carved plates so we figured that even if it wasn't worth anything, or worth repairing, it was pretty and would look nice on a shelf with my sewing supplies.

I was so excited to look at it when I got home. The case it is in looks to be from the 70s and is fairly poor condition. It smells like it sat in an attic or a basement for the last decade. It has that musty small of an antique store, its very pretty, and I love it.

I tried to do a little research as it is much older than any of my other machines (the oldest I have is late 60s), and found the serial # (AD362592) which according to the singer registry dates it to 1931, and says there where 15000 made.

It seems to have gone through an upgrade (I assumed that these did not originally come with it..let me know if I'm wrong) at some point and has a power source (motor # 5348129, Catalog B.R.7) and a black plastic singer light both bolted on to it.

The power cord is missing so if anyone can point me in the right direction to find a replacement that would be amazing.

Everything seems to move freely, but it could use a good oiling.

Can anyone give me a little more info on it? Is it worth taking in for repair or should it just receive a place of honor as a display piece?


I've attached some pictures to give you a better idea, but the lighting is really bad.




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2  Polkadot dress/harness in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by bloodybella on: September 27, 2009 09:35:46 AM
This is Pistol, the new addition to our family. She's 4 lbs, 6 months, and adorable.
We've been going to alot of dog related events lately in anticipation of the doggy daycare I work for opening another facility.
Now, she doesn't normally wear clothes. She's more of a leash and collar kind of girl.
But I figured for special occasions she could dress up a little.
So heres her new "dress". It took about an hour and a half and was my first attempt at interfacing, bias tape, and dog clothes.
She doesn't seem to mind it, and it looks super cute.

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3  Robot cupcakes in Dessert by bloodybella on: July 06, 2009 04:05:39 PM
My son turned 3 on the 3rd of July. I found the cutest robot party decorations at Target, and since he loves robots that became our theme.
I made Chocolate cupcakes with butter cream frosting topped with individually hand piped royal icing robots.
The Robot army:

The Cup cake stand and the birthday boy:

I've never done anything like this and was super proud of how they came out!
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4  lil' cowboy in Halloween Costumes by bloodybella on: November 17, 2008 09:53:26 AM
My son was a cowboy. He could have been an extra in a movie...but he wouldn't keep his hat on. Sad
I made the vest and chaps. The material is a faux leather. It's just a cotton blend, but the print looks so much like leather that you have to touch it to realize it's not.
Final fitting:
 
Action shot, better view of the chaps:


And the dog was a daisy:
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5  Daisy Halloween Costume in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by bloodybella on: November 02, 2008 08:34:19 PM
This year I decided that since Bomber would be going to work with me on Halloween, she needed a costume. I proceeded to discover that Halloween costumes for large dogs are very hard to come by. At Target the XL size was for like a 35 pound dog!!! Lame.
So after taking a suggestion from a coworker, and a quick trip to the craft store the night before Halloween...:

The cutest, most ginormous Daisy you've every seen!

12 7x11 pieces of felt at .77 a piece and a spare hour & 1/2.
The best thing about it is that her collar fits through the yellow tube. No elastic or trying to stretch it over her big block head. (also that makes it adjustable and now my dalmation can wear it next year!)
It came out really cute, I sewed pipe cleaners to the back of each petal to give them a little curl.
The best part was that one of my coworker's dogs (a little Maltese) was dressed as a bee. The two of them together was super cute! To bad I didn't get a picture. Sad
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6  Hoodie for a pitbull? in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by bloodybella on: October 14, 2008 02:55:43 PM
Okay, So I have a 2 year old APBT who happens to have some pretty bad joint problems. She gets full doses of glucosamine daily, but when it gets cold her shoulders start to get sore and she limps.

Now, she goes to work with me on a daily basis and the weather is starting to get colder.
I was looking for a coat or hoodie to buy for her but ran into 4 problems:
1. Expense. Anything worth buying costs way to much
2. Cut. I mostly find things that have open shoulders. They call them "jackets" but function more like vests to me.
3. Functionality. It has to have easy access for a leash and collar. (she doesn't need either but...its the law. and it keeps me from having to worry about other dogs in the lobby at work)
4. Fit. Most patterns I've found are for small dogs, and they are just built different. Because she is a bull she has massive shoulders and a large box shaped head. Even patterns for large dogs are usually for tall skinny dogs (haha, kinda like the difference from regular to plus size clothing. Just because I'm +size doesn't mean I'm 4ft tall!!)<huge head!!

Anywhoo, I would like to make her a hoodie that has a hood (duh...because I think it would be cute), sleeves that cove the shoulders, and leash access. Kindof like this: But obviously for a much larger dog.

I don't really sew this kind of clothing...I mostly make skirts, bags and baby clothes, and although I've been sewing for a very long time...my skills technical are some what lacking.
I would even consider reconing a regular hoodie, but wouldn't know where to start.
If anyone has any suggestions we would love you forever!
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7  Re: 'nother pitbull collar in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by bloodybella on: September 30, 2008 10:09:39 AM
I use the rottary for quilting. It works very well and can go through multiple layers, as long as you keep it sharp.
Your collars are super cute! I never thought to make my own.
My pitty Bomber comes to work with me everyday (doggie day care). She plays so hard that her collars don't hold up. Let alone how hard it is to find ones we like.

She's full ABPT so we had to get through the judgement as well, I've even started painting her nails and putting on a pink banadana....people always assume she's a boy.  Embarrassed



A way cute girly collar might help that! Thanks for the idea & the link from your previous post!!
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8  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by bloodybella on: September 12, 2008 09:04:35 PM
We went as characters from the wizard of Oz.
The whole sha-bang:

(I didn't have time to make the witch, so it is store bought)

Glenda's costume was my first time using an actual pattern, so it took forever! I have also never worked with tulle and or Silky fabric...but it turned out OK. I also made her wand and crown.

My Dorthy costume was an after thought, made in 1/2 hour.

The flying monkey is what started it all. Initially we were in the costume shop and I was looking at the infant cowardly lion costumes, they were super cute...but not really my style. So after searching and discovering that they don't sell "flying monkey" costumes, I bought a regular monkey...and Oz-ed it up. The additions to the monkey are all hand sewn, from my head.

Me and my son



My sister doesn't usually dress up, so when asked what she wanted to be she jokingly said "the land of oz" so thats what I made her Smiley. Her cape is the yellow brick road, lined with poppies on the bottum. Her crown is the emerald city, and on her shirt I drew a map of Oz that showcased the important scenes from the movie. It was super cute, I wish I had a picture of it.

Wings (I just though this pic was super cute)


We had tons of fun, but I'm defiantly starting earlier this year.
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9  baby dresses/ bonnet in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by bloodybella on: April 26, 2008 12:31:30 AM
So I have a little friend who is turning 1, and since I am broke...and tend to craft out of necessity...this is what I came up with:
This is my version of a hankie bonnet:



It is modeled by my husband's pimp chalice. Made from a blue zebra print bandana (instead of a woman's hankie) and resized to fit a small child rather than an infant. I intended it to be used as a sun bonnet.

Next: This is a red gingham dress with cherry applique



This is my first atempt at childrens clothes. The applique is my first machine sewn applique.

and last: This is another dress, pinup girl fabrick, red broad cloth


Both dressed made without patern using one of my son's out grown 18 month onezies for size refrence. I just hope they fit her!
For a first atempt at clothes (other then reconditioning  stuff for myself) I thought they came out nice. Smiley
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10  Plush owl in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bloodybella on: April 26, 2008 12:06:48 AM
So, this is my first post. Been crafty for a good long while, but with the not so recent addition to my family (my almost 2 year old son), and all my friends starting familys aswell... I have begun to make random stuff for kids.
After comming across JBear 's "pygmy owl" post and turorial:  
 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237278.0
I decided to try my hand at making one for a friend's daughter who turns 1 this weekend. I ginormousized the pattern, and the result came out well.
She's about 6 inches tall, and I'm pleased with her...even though I forgot to put on her eyebrowes Sad
 


I added a few embelishments, and the feet didn't turn out to great...but hey, she's 1. she'll love it
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