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41  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1905 White Family Treadle Sewing Machine -- $25 Craig's List find! on: July 03, 2013 05:00:01 PM
Thanks, everyone!  I am just so excited about it.

Sewing with him was an adventure.  It's a little tricky to treadle and keep the machine from reversing, so he and I had to work together most of the time.  Some of the time I would treadle and he would feed the fabric.   Then we'd switch off and he'd treadle, and I'd feed the fabric.  Then he realized he could turn the hand wheel and do everything by himself!  He was very proud of that.

I think he'll be happy to just do practice stitching like this for a while, but then I'll have to find some very simple projects he can complete without getting too frustrated.  A small pillow maybe.
42  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / 1905 White Family Treadle Sewing Machine -- $25 Craig's List find! on: July 03, 2013 10:41:41 AM
I spin yarn, and as I was treadling my wheel last week, thinking about how relaxing treadling is, I realized I would probably like sewing on an antique treadle machine better than on my electric machine.  I had never looked into treadle sewing machines before, but found there are plenty available on Craig's List.

Look at this beauty I got for only $25!  A 1905 White Family Rotary sewing machine in the original cabinet, with tools, accessories, warranty, original manual, etc.  At 108 years old, she is 6 years older than my house.  She hadn't been used for sewing in decades, but I knew the woman who I bought her from had used it at one point.

I had to replace the leather belt, and basically take apart most of the components, clean them with liquid wrench and re-oil them, but now "Meg" sews like a champ!  (I named her Meg, like Meg White of the White Stripes, because she is a White machine.)  I was really proud I got her up and running by myself, because I was almost ready to bring her into a sewing machine repair shop and pay them whatever they wanted to bring her back to life.

The best part is my son, age 6, is very interested in sewing now!  He was always curious about my electric sewing machine, but also a little scared of it.  The treadle machine is slower, and quieter, so he really wanted to try it!  He did a little practice stitching on a piece of scrap cloth yesterday and is so proud of his work he insisted I take his photo.  He even brought it with him on a picnic with his grandma today, because he wanted to make sure to show her.  How cool is that?!

43  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tour de fleece 2013 on: June 01, 2013 09:02:26 AM
I haven't participated before.  That would sure get me finishing more yarns though, wouldn't it?  And I suppose it might spark an interest in watching bicycle racing.  Sounds kind of fun to treadle while they pedal.
44  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ongoing Spin-A-Long on: June 01, 2013 08:53:46 AM
I like the bling-bling theme.  What if we skip June and have our next theme be for July?  I've got some non-theme spinning I want to do, and goodness knows I only seem to manage to spin one yarn per month or so. ;-)  Plus, anyone who wants to start on the July yarn could and then just post it in July.
45  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday May 31, 2013 on: June 01, 2013 08:48:27 AM
Thanks!  The sequins were a little tricky to spin, because they kind of wanted to stick together and getting a good rhythm with the plying was hard that way, but I was bound and determined to get them in there, because I knew I had to have my raindrops in there!!

Jessy_Wa -- very nice yarn!  You have a good amount of it, too!  Any idea what you'll make with it?  Did you spin on a wheel or a spindle?

Jexx -- Is your first yarn chain-plyed?  Looks great!  I love the texture of the 2nd one.
46  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: I Have Lamas and a spinning wheel!! on: May 31, 2013 01:10:52 PM
Congratulations!  What fun -- if smelly, dangerous fun!

I'm not too sure about Llama fleece.  I thought they had a double coat, with outer guard hairs that might be scratchy, and a soft undercoat.  I think I remember reading that Llama needs to be combed to remove the long guard hairs.  I'm not sure if you'd need to wash it first, or if you can just get by with shaking the dust out of it.  With alpaca you don't really need to wash it first, and I'm guessing the undercoat of Llama would be the same.  Can anyone chime in?
47  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ongoing Spin-A-Long on: May 31, 2013 01:07:13 PM
Here's my April Showers yarn.  It's raining yet again here.  At least we haven't had to water the lawn this spring...

It's mohair and wool, dyed with Wilton's, plied with blue sewing thread that was threaded with irridescent sequin "raindrops."  The mohair is kind of making the thread ply float above it, which is really pretty.

So I'm clearly not spinning May Flowers (for May anyway) but maybe we don't necessarily have to spin the yarns in the month itself, but keep the inspiration for later if we don't get to it.  We should think of some more themes.  I was thinking "Here Comes The Bride" for June, since June weddings are so common.  Or maybe "Dog Days of Summer."  Or "A Day At The Beach."  Any one of those speak to you?
48  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday May 31, 2013 on: May 31, 2013 12:59:14 PM
Hello and Happy Friday!!

We had a fortunate break in the rainy weather we've had lately which allowed me to set the twist on my April Shower yarn for the spin-a-long.  (I know it's no longer April.  We'll pretend it is.)

My yarn is a wool and mohair blend from Sheep Shed.  I dyed it with Wilton's in a low-water immersion.  It varies from sport weight to almost worsted weight and is 178 yards.  I plied it with blue sewing thread which I'd threaded with irridescent sequins to represent the raindrops.  Does anyone know how to really capture sparkles in yarns?  No photos of sparkly yarns ever seem to do them justice. 

Anyone else have a yarn this week?
49  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: a labour of love on: May 30, 2013 08:11:57 AM
50  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: A found atc! on: May 21, 2013 10:10:55 AM
So glad you found it -- it is so pretty!!
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