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Terrific Tuesday ~ Francis is named!

Lots of fun stuff happening here… and just wanted to break into your week and share 🙂

My honey named the 1928 White Rotary ….

Francis ~ after the mother and daughter of the Martha Washington cabinet he just finished a great reno on!  Take a look at her 🙂

This is what she looked like in her original “outfit”… the sides are off in these pics for reno already!

And here she is after many painstaking hours of stripping, and sanding, then staining.. then touching up, then varnishing several times!!!

 Inside the right hand door is a GREAT place for the power cord to stay hidden… my honey rewired the case but not the machine as it was in good order already… that cost $3.00 at Lowes.  Did I tell you this wonderful machine and cabinet came to us FREE on Craigslist locally???

Anyway, the door is a cool place to store thread… but there is more!  Look closer 🙂

Look at that cool little brass oil can that has a little home… my honey plans to “reno” that can so I can use it for oiling my machines when I use them… something vintage machines need regularly I am told! lol
And on the top of the door is a hidden door with this brass plate … “Martha Washington Model”.

The left side is a “pocket” of sorts… and was typical on this sewing machine cabinet when first produced.  It came with special hinges to move the lid of the drawer out of the way and back into place… but the wood there is past worn out so I told my honey to leave it.. it is part of her history.. he still sanded a LOT! lol… but her previous life still shows through a bit!  Francis is a good strong name for the good strong machine and cabinet she is though!

 Inside that pocket are the original manuals and a box that says “Eaton” on it that is full of…

 Stuff! lol

A needle threader like I used! A tatting shuttle… lots of attachments too! And…
needles in this holder for the machine!  I snatched these quick as I did a cool stilleto! 😀

 Now that I have showed you where she came from… take another look at her…

 Isn’t Francis in a beautiful cabinet!  I love how she is dressed… but now more about her!!!

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1928.  All other history is unknown… she sews great though and now she has a beautiful renewed case to last the rest of her life 🙂

Close up of her name plate 🙂

Look at all the cast iron scroll work on the bed, the front …

add the far end too!  So Beautiful!

Francis has a nice BIG wheel on her!

… And a view from the top!

 In this view here you can see the knee pedal inside the cabinet and the bottom drawer fronts disappear into the cabinet as part of the mechanism cantilever system Francis was originally engineered with…

She is a straight stitch only… and has a matte finish on the cast iron called “crinkled” finish.  Her wheel needs to be rechromed and she could use a bit more scrubbing… but look at this below!

She sews like a dream!

We played with her quite a bit and the stitch length indicator works well and initially she needed MAJOR tlc in the oiling and running department… you can see now she is ready for whatever we send her way!

So total investment…

Gas to pick her up (she was a Craigslist FREE find)                                            $5.00
1 week labor…                                                                                                      Sweat!
Stain and varnish we already had…
We bought stripper and have leftovers                                                                 $12.00
We bought sandpaper                                                                                             $6.00
We bought an extension cord for rewiring…                                                          $3.00
>>> Knowledge in all those areas!!!<<<<                                                     Priceless!!!
Total                                                                                                                    $26.00!

So if you have the knowledge of refinishing furniture or are handy enough to learn it try it!  But if you don’t get electricity take the extension cord to your sewing machine person and let them do it for you!  Electricity is nothing to mess with and you could short out your whole machine working with old wiring… luckily Francis has perfect condition wiring… but her cord from the cabinet was DANGEROUS!  So we didn’t even plug her in til we changed that out.  We did not test her when we got her in that condition because she was FREE 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed these pics 🙂  I enjoyed having a sunny day to take pics in! lol


Slow and Steady Wins the Race :)

Happy Wednesday!

As I slow stitch… I think about so much stuff… upcoming projects… prayers for those around me and in my world virtually too!  So much going on in the world as well to think and pray on…

Here is my 16th block… when I finish this block I will be 2/3 done with the quilting on this beauty!

Currently I am about 1/4 done with this block 🙂  Slow and steady wins the race though! lol
As I slow stitch my honey is working on the cabinet to the 1928 White Rotary electric machine I shared with you on my last post.  He is refinishing the original and more recently varnished finishes from this beautiful red mahogany wood cabinet (we think that is the kind of wood it is! )
Here is my honey putting on CitriStrip…

The legs in the foreground are stripped now and the background legs are in stages of stripping…

gooey old stuff coming OFF!  Yay 🙂

A pic I found of what this cabinet should look like when we are done with it :)… sorta! lol
 So our goal was to strip and return it to it’s original beauty … like the stock photo I found above of this cabinet called a “Martha Washington” and it even has a brass plate I will show you later on the right side door that says “Martha Washington” on it!  Very cool piece…
Here is my honey’s stripper he LOVES and I will attest no bad smell or bad fumes from the stuff like I have experienced when rehabbing furniture myself in the past…
It does not work as fast as chemical stripper but it does a great job as you can see in the pics… must be patient and do multiple applications to get the results we got… and then a good sanding is in order so we did purchase some sandpaper too… so far we have the varnish and stain… so we are out $12.00 for the stripper and about $5.00 for various grades of sandpaper!  SCORE!!!

Here is a cool brass oil can we found in the cabinet!  Isn’t is cool 🙂  I love finding treasures like this oil can that even has a place to be in the cabinet… again pics of that later 🙂

Here is a pic my kids LET ME TAKE that is awesome I think… I love a good pic with good lighting… and love to show off my kids too… these are my 2 youngest… 19 and 15 🙂

 This is a plan I have for a quilt along we are doing over at Patchwork Friends fb page here

We are a small group of quilty friends… you are welcome to request entry as it is a closed group… but I am the admin who allows entry 🙂  Send me a PM there with a request to enter and Whallah… come Quilt Along with us as we make our own variations on this pattern!

by Wendy Gilbert & Quilt in a day this little wall hanging will be my first time to try applique… but it starts with the spools… I am thinking how Edyta Sitar did hers above in a now out of print recipe is the best inspiration for my spools…

So that is what is going on in my slow and steady week… what is going on in yours???  Would love to hear from you!

Thinking of doing a giveaway soon… any ideas on a fun gift to GET???  Or share your fave winning from a blog or other online hosted giveaway!  I have a great book I got for card making I am thinking of offering  HUGE resource book any papercrafter would love to have on their shelf… or a half yard of Halloweeny fabric… but is it too early for some Halloweeny fabric??? lol  Great LQS fabric I got in Murfreesboro TN and didn’t use!

So if you haven’t figured it out I want to hear from YOU my lovely readers… tell me what you want.. what you are up to.. and what you love about my blog the most!  I blog for me .. but I blog to entertain you too!  And inspire you I hope 🙂
Much bloggy Love!

Linking to Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation 🙂

WELCOME! My new vintage sewing machine :)

I decided it was time for a new blog header… hope you like it 🙂  The “new to me machine” is a White Rotary 1928 electric…

You see my honey watches “free stuff” on our local Craigslist a LOT!  He likes looking at tools, newly up for sale and other items but his fave spot is what people are giving away FREE and we have found some GREAT DEALS for free in this section over our years together 🙂

Today I want to share our machine from 1928… a White Rotary straight stitch electric machine… that we picked up with the original cabinet.  And it WORKS!

 It took a while to finalize pick up plans on this great deal but all the negotiations were worth it… she isn’t named yet… my honey wants to come up with this one’s name 🙂  Not all clean in this pic… but she will clean up nicely it looks like… more pics to come as we work on her..

With some oiling and running… SHE SEWS!!!  And perfect stitch too 🙂  I adjusted the tension some and could see the bobbin thread (black) showing through the top a bit (green thread) so my honey had adjusted the tensions of the bobbin and the top PERFECT on his first try!  Yippee!

Me and my honey did the straight lines.. and my dd did the “flowers”… she may be the FMQ quilter in the family! lol

The cabinet that she came in has been her lifetime home according to the book and advertisements we have found and is an elongated hexagon shape when closed called a Martha Washington cabinet.  Unfortunately no pics yet as it is all disassembled now and getting a rehab in the “mancave” lol!

Meanwhile I am slow stitching my 16th block on THE MAN quilt…

My inspiration photo is also in the blog header… slow stitching takes patience and me and my honey are both ready for me to be done… alas I am about 63% complete and still have a ways to go… but at least this is the downhill portion now 🙂

Do you sew by hand, vintage, or new???

I love to piece with my vintage machines… but hand quilting is the only way I quilt for now… I just LOVE IT!

Since I am planning to spend my Sunday Slow Stitching on THE MAN quilt I will link this lovely post to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching linky party!  If you are slow stitching something today come join the fun and link up too!

Also linking to Sew Many Ways linky party 🙂