I did something this past week in Tennessee that I have never done before.
I just became a MACHINE SWAPPER!
As in – “Yes dear, I can justify bringing this new machine AND her cabinet home with me because I did not BUY it, I swapped it for one I already had!”
Does it matter that the machine and cabinet traded for are way larger in size than the one offered in trade? No…bigger than a bread box did not come into the equation at all.
The little photo you see here is of a Singer 24 chain stitch machine that though lovely, I was not using. Click HERE for more info!
Diane had talked to me about this machine previously, and it had become part of our regular conversation banter: “If you find you don’t want that machine, talk to me about it!”
The moment arrived! Diane had posted that she was considering "re-homing" her 3/4 sized parlor cabinet, and I offered up the 24 in trade.
Sure I have room for a cabinet in the back of Shamu!
And the machine? She takes up no space at all!
I drove from Tennessee to Kentucky and back home again with the cabinet and machine safely in the back of my van.
Lela, the Singer 24 has found a new home with Diane, and I have finally found the 3/4 sized treadle cabinet I was looking for! And while I thought I was only getting the CABINET, Diane sweetened the deal by giving me this sweet little Singer 99 to go IN the cabinet. How could I say no?
This morning we headed up to Quilt Villa and I have placed the cabinet under the window in the sewing nook area in the basement.
Doesn't take up much space at all! Does it even look like a sewing cabinet?
Open the lid, and there she is!
She’s got a great view from here of the Blue Ridge Mountains!
A view of my work area – yes, that baby quilt is being worked on while I’m here.
Cute accessories box on the inside of the door!
Check out the pedal!
EG055947 means she was born in 1950 and she is wearing a blue centennial badge!
In her earlier life she WAS a motorized machine, but Diane gave her a motorectomy and switched out her solid hand wheel for a spoked one for use as a treadle. The cabinet itself is earlier in an art deco style.
Using my favorite tubing belt and connectors! Click HERE for more info on where to order!
This little bit of retro also came home with me.
Up at the cabin, we can get power outages, and digital land lines don’t work if there is no power, so as a safety measure, a REAL phone still works! I plugged it in this morning – We called it and OH, how I love the ring of a REAL PHONE! How funny that I had to find this at an antique mall when it was such an every day item growing up.
Our cloudy view as of right now.
I’ll be working on this baby quilt this evening, and a bit tomorrow. Today we stopped to visit our friends Rick and Mona, and finding out they had no plans, we invited them over for dinner tomorrow night. Our first dinner guests with friends from our “neighborhood” on the mountain.
Now how to figure out how to not freak them out over the fact that there are now FOUR treadle machines living at Quilt Villa.
Maybe, just maybe, they won’t notice!