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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / vintage Singer questions. Any help would be amazing :) 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.




2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Popcor balls? on: December 02, 2009 01:38:19 PM
Can anyone tell me if you've had any success making popcorn balls with pre popped buttered popcorns?

I have a ton of it, due to an easily influenced Aunt and a persuasive 3 year old, but all the recipes I can find specifically say not to use buttered popcorn...

any thought?
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Polkadot dress/harness 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.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Dog treats that people like too? on: August 03, 2009 05:41:00 PM
I will be co-hosting a people & dog pool party in a few weeks. I'm looking for treats that are people friendly and dog safe. My plan is to have a buffet where the guests and their dogs can both get a treat. I found a carob chip cookie and a peanutbutter oatmeal cookie recipes but that's about it.
I make "gourmet" dog treats, so I want them to look appealing to both the dogs and the people.
This is not for profit, it is instead a thank you to all our loyal customers.
Any suggestions or recipes would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance!

P.S. I've looked all over the web and my local book stores don't seem to have what I'm looking for. I found a few books on line but don't really have time to wait for shipping. (I'd like to make a few test runs to give out before hand)
5  COOKING / Dessert / Robot cupcakes 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!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Daisy Halloween Costume 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
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hoodie for a pitbull? 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!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / baby dresses/ bonnet 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
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plush owl 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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