So back in April I stated a new way of piecing my quilts. I had my retreat and purchased a featherweight machine from a friend of mine. This beauty is named Miss Esther Sue. I got her from a friend of mine. She had this looked at and proved to be in decent shape. She brought this to the retreat, I tested it out and I fell automatically in love with her. I found it very easy to name her. When I name my machines I usually associate the art of sewing with the south.
And how about this gorgeous piece of machinery. One of my best friends who lives kind of far from me but close enough so that it is a doable drive. She knows a lady that goes to her local library and this lady had this wonderful machine in a separate shed. Stored away so that it was protected from the elements. Surprisingly when she went to look at this machine prior to picking it up it was a shocker that it was in as good a shape as it was. To say this was the find of the year is an understatement.
So when I posted on Facebook that I got this charming machine I called upon my social media peeps to assist me on naming this. I had many fabulous suggestions. Let's take a step back and give you a little bit of history on this machine.
I asked for help in finding the age and birthday of this sweet little gem. And with a little help from my friends her birthday is November 9, 1925 this makes her 93 and a half years old.
So with much consideration I have decided to call her Miss Truvy. Truvy is the name of the hairdresser and friend of Melin' Eaton in the movie "Steel Magnolias" This is one of my favorite movies. When I got her into the house We saw that the machine had been converted to being motorized. This was quickly resolved as 1st the motor began to smoke when we plugged it in and turned it on. Hence the biggest reason to convert to its original state. Then there was the purchase of a new treadle belt. When all this was dealt with we cleaned it within an inch of its life. Put the new leather belt on and oiled her where she needed to be oiled.
The next thing to be done is to familiarize myself with this and how it works. So I have a confession. I learned to sew on a treadle sewing machine when I was 5yrs old. That makes it 47 years since I have used one of these. Muscle memory totally took a vacation from my brain. I enlisted advice from a Facebook Group and watched many videos. I still think the more I watch the more I will learn and remember. So tell me what you think of the newest additions to my home. One of my goals is to be able to piece on this treadle as well as learn how to quilt. I still have to buy a quilting foot for her. Hopefully I can find a open toe foot. I work better with open toe quilting feet.
Thank you for letting me share with you the newest toys here and please let me know what you think.