A friend of mine is permanently relocating to another state. She had an Estate Sale recently and while I was browsing I spotted a sewing machine case on the driveway. The case was quite dirty and appeared to have been stored, probably in a shed, for quite a while. The price tag was $5.00. I peeked inside the case and the machine looked fairly clean. For five dollars, how could I leave such a pretty, unloved machine behind? After all she’s PINK!
I brought her home, cleaned and oiled her, and found out that she runs just like new. Sadly, she has only one cam, but it is for the zigzag stitch, so I am happy about that. I can do all the fancy stitches I need on my Brother machines. My internet search tells me that she came into being around the late 80’s, but I cannot seem to find her serial number anywhere, not even on the Singer site. Oh well, she is pretty, runs well, and did I say it? PINK! (Oh, and I love the little heart drawn on the side of her base!)
If you know anything interesting about the Singer Merritt 2404, leave me a comment. I would love to learn more about her.
Until Next Time,
The second bedroom in my home is quite small. When we bought the house, a twin sized bed literally filled the room. Since most of the time there are just the two of us empty nesters, I decided that the room would be much more useful as a sewing room. Since I have three brother sewing machines, I call it El Quarto de los Tres Hermanos, The Bedroom of the Three Brothers. Its fun to say I am in the bedroom with three brothers!
I am learning how to do machine embroidery. It is much more complicated that I originally thought. Different stabilizers for different fabrics and effects. Different types of threads and needles. The first embroidery thread I bought was a package of Embroidex thread from my favorite online mall. It was fairly inexpensive polyester thread but good for me to learn with.
Recently a friend and I were making some purchases in our local Joanne’s fabric store. As we checked out there was a large tub of thread near the register. A small sign said 97 cents per spool. I peeked in and caught my breath when I saw that it was Sulky Rayon thread in 250 yard spools. For those who don’t know, the same thread usually sells for about $5.00 a spool here in Florida. 97 cents! A steal! I quickly gathered up several spools and as the cashier started to ring them up, she exclaimed, “Oh these are only 50 cents each now.”
My friend and I bought the entire tub! Although I could use a few more bright colors, it looks like I am set for embroidery and topstitching for a while! Here a picture of my new thread:
If you have been following my blog, you know that my forty plus year old sewing machine finally died and I got a brand new Brother SE 400. Fancy schmancy, it sews and embroiders too! I was hesitant to try out the embroidery aspect until I decided to make some Christmas gifts.