There are certain things that quilters collectively fall in love with… like batiks, 6 x 24 inch rulers, and Dear Jane. Some of them go in and out of fashion but, on the whole, are never really gone. If there is one thing that I have always wanted for my adventures, it’s a Featherweight. If you don’t know what it is then please allow me to tell you. It’s a Singer machine that was built between the 30’s and 50’s that is about 3/4 of the size of an actual sewing machine. They are unlike today’s “computerized-digitized-embroidering-why-don’t-I-make-you-coffee-while-I’m-at-it” machines. They do one thing. They are uni-taskers. Alton Brown (from the Food Network) would hate it. It sews a straight stitch… a gloriously simple straight stitch.
Okay, okay. You have probably guessed by now that I TOTALLY BOUGHT ONE! It’s true. She’s mine and she’s lovely and her name is Alice.
She was born in 1956 which doesn’t seem so long ago especially for the “old-timey” look of the machine. I have a 1970’s Singer that’s wicked mod looking so I’m guessing something happened to change them dramatically. Anyway, Alice is in beautiful condition. She’s named after my Great Grandmother Alice and really I couldn’t think of a more perfect name for her since, as you may be able to tell, she’s sitting on the table that has another sewing machine in it.
The machine inside the table is Amelia. She’s named after another of my Great Grandmothers and she is a full size Singer that was given to me by my father. I took a picture for size comparison. Amelia needs more than a bit of work since she was in storage for a long time but I have no doubt I can get her working. 🙂