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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Good Things Come in Putty-Beige!

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Before heading to Florida, I emailed “The Powers That Be” in each of the guilds I am visiting to see if they perhaps had someone with a loaner machine they would lend me for use during my stay.

This morning when I was picked up at the hotel for my ride to the workshop, they let me know that yes – indeed!  There was someone in class who was happy to loan me a featherweight.

Not seeing the machine ---but resting assured that it was in the trunk of the car, and would be going home to the hotel with me, I just assumed….I mean, I thought…wouldn’t you?  That it was a black one.

Maybe a fancy scrolled faceplate.  Maybe a sleek striated face plate…maybe a well loved one showing a lot of wear, perhaps one with a story that it had been passed from grandmother to mother to granddaughter as the years have passed….

When I finally pulled up in front of the hotel for unloading, up went the trunk…and out came…

A BEIGE AND BROWN BOXY CASE!

I squealed all the way to the elevator.

I wore a Cheshire Cat grin as I unlocked my door, and brought my bundle inside to set it gently on top of the desk --

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I opened the lid, and said “Hello, Good Lookin!”

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The light from the lamp casts a yellowish glow, but this is one of the elusive tan featherweights that are “just a bit” hard to come by!

Unless you happen to be the lucky owner – who just in passing overheard a conversation of someone wanting to sell their featherweight because they “just didn’t use it enough and it is taking up space”. 

This little beauty found its new home for $75.00!!!

I never find good deals like that --- not on Featherweights anyway ---

((Oh wait, yes I did!  There was the $40.00 beater machine that my niece Melissa found and I sent off to be painted School Bus!  Click HERE for the before photos, and HERE for AFTER!))

But I have NEVER NEVER not EVER sewn on an original putty beige 1950s sweetheart like this and I am ready to hop out of my work duds and into my comfy jammies, turn the TV on and start sewing away!

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I’m going to do some paper piecing!

The white melamine tray was stolen from under the coffee maker and re-purposed to hold my scraps!

I’ve got my aluminum travel tea mug and my plug in water heater coil, a stash of yummy tea with me ---it’s going to be a perfect evening!

And I’ll have the privilege of sewing happily away for the next two evenings.

Here’s to wishing YOU some piece-ful time tonight as well!


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21 comments:

  1. HOw beautiful! The perfect evening... enjoy!

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  2. Hello Beautiful is so right. Great looking and a fun machine to use tonight.

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  3. Ooh what a beautiful girl! Lucky you. What a find too. I dream of a cream colored one. Maybe someday......

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  4. I didn't know featherweights came in tan. It is a beauty!

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  5. She's a beauty! Enjoy your time with her. I've seen two beige featherweights recently up for auction on shopgoodwill.com. Now I see you have one to use...hmmm, maybe a subliminal message.

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  6. I am so jealous.By the way, I was introduced to the water heater coils when I was a student in Germany so many, many years ago. German name: Tauchsieder. This is what I called it for years because I didn't know the English word. They were hard to find here, too. Hapyy sewing!

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  7. I am lucky enough to have two of these in my collection. I love both of them and sew on them often, bring them to retreats all the time.

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  8. Somehow I managed to acquire 2 tan Featherweights..they are so cool! Bonnie, did I misread this, did you buy this one or is it a loaner? happy piecing!!

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  9. I have one of those and keep it in Indiana to use when I am up there (from TX) 2 or 3 times a year for retreats. Sews like a dream. Same case. SIL picked it up at an auction...how lucky was that. we are having a parade of FEATHERWEIGHTS at our guild next month. Should be fun. Enjoy your two days with that baby.

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  10. Stitchgirl788:32 PM EST

    Oooh. Lucky you! I just love Featherweights!

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  11. beauty! enjoy the stitching, as have others I'm sure.

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  12. Just checked Kijiji here in Calgary - there are 3-4 featherweights for sale 1948-1950 vintage and all are priced at $500. HA!

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  13. I can see your smile from Canada!
    :-)
    Linda C.

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  14. Thank you Myrna, I didn't know about shopgoodwill, just checked it out. Terrific. Bonnie, you have the most terrific followers. Have fun in Florida. Indiana is cold.

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  15. What a beautiful machine. I so hope to own one some day

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  16. Enjoy your time with that sweet machine. $75 is a real deal! What block are you making with paper-piecing this time?

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  17. Bonnie I just love your post. I saw this yesterday on my news feed but didn't have time to read it until this morning. You are my morning coffee buddy. I enjoy all you do. Thanks for the stories, the beautiful history of machines, and of course all the quilting inspirations you share. Wendy

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  18. For some strange reason this reminds me of the "mother of the groom" advice I received when my middle son's wedding was in the planning stages: The mother of the groom just needs to keep quiet and wear beige.

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  19. I have one of these beige featherweights that my sister gave me because she doesn't use it any more. I hate to say that I've never used it. I need to take it in & have it cleaned & adjusted. If you come to Grand Island, NE in 2018, I will have it ready for you to use.

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  20. Anonymous1:09 PM EST

    Oh yes, I have one too. It was gifted to my by a treasurer friend. She pieces beautifully but hasn't been out to a class in years. Maybe it's time.
    Thank you for keeping all of us in your life. I love it.
    Sally

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  21. What a little tan cutie! Does she have "tan" lines? LOL, couldn't resist since you are in Florida after all! Sew glad you had a piece-ful evening. Happy teaching, Allison in Plano

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