Friday, February 27, 2009

My little beauty


This is my little Featherweight. I love this little machine. She is not my first Featherweight though. My Mom had an old Featherweight that she used once in a while for mending. When I started sewing for Home Ec, I wrestled with her Featherweight to the point of frustration. It never seemed to run right. I passed the Home Ec class and one of the first things I purchased after high school was a Singer Stylist sewing machine. After my proud purchase my thoughts at the time were, why would I need that old black thing that gave me such a hard time!! So I sold it to a co-worker. For $10.

The new Singer was not a very cooperative machine. It was in constant need of repair. I felt so much frustration that I pretty much gave up garment sewing. As I began to quilt, I realized the need for a good straight stitch. A friend was getting a new sewing machine and she asked me if I would like her old Kenmore. I have sewn many, many miles on that machine. It was sturdy and faithful.

But in the back of my mind, I mourned for that little black Featherweight. The more I heard of others sewing on Featherweights, the more I lamented. I was sure that my old co-worker was still sewing on that old black machine.

On Christmas morning in 2003, there was a little black box sitting under the Christmas tree. I wondered what in the world could be in that little box. At first I thought it was some kind of projector or camera. But when I opened the lid, there sat this little beauty. My dear sweet husband and son had been on a mission to buy me a new sewing machine. I was thrilled to say the least!! But that is not the end of the story. You see, my dear sweet husband and son had gone to a sewing machine repair store and asked questions. The store owner told my dh that the Featherweight had the best straight stitch, and that quilters everywhere covet them. Hummm, but it isn't a new machine. Oh if you want a new sewing machine you need to go to the store down the road. So in addition to this little beauty, my dear sweet husband and son bought a Bernina Virtuosa 155. Can you imagine my surprise when I not only opened the Featherweight but the next box was this incredible Bernina! Two machines that I dearly love.

But more then those machines, I dearly love the sweet dear husband who has been the love of my life for over 30 years.

*** I am linking up with Colorado Lady's Vintage Thingie Thursday. Because it is my anniversary I wanted to share what my sweet hubby did for me a few years ago :-) Happy VTT!

15 comments:

imquilternity said...

What a wonderful story! I also have Featherweight machines (4 to be exact) and a Bernina that I love although I didn't receive them in the same way you did. They are both incredibly wonderful machines aren't they?

Francy said...

The neighbor sold her mother's featherweight for 75.00 two months ago. She was not really happy when I told her to go on line and see what they go for.

AverettLadyNana said...

I say he is a keeper!!!

Wenche said...

Thank you for your swet words on my blog. I'm happy you liked it :) I really loved your story behind your two wonderful Christmas gifts. Since I don't have a husband I envy you just a little bit :) You are sooo lucky and you know it! Good.

Cindy said...

I just read this particular post. What a wonderful story and even more - what a wonderful husband and son. I'm sure they both got hugs.

~ Phyllis ~ said...
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~ Phyllis ~ said...

What a lovely story.

Jan Hatchett said...

Hi! Just found your blog and have really enjoyed looking through it. Wanted to say hello!
Jan

Coloradolady said...

What a incredible husband to do that for you! I would like one of each myself!!! Have a great VTT!

LV said...

What a nice way to play tribute to your hubby ans honor your anniversary as well. I am not into sewing, but enjoyed reading your story.

Postcardy said...

That's a sweet story. Now I wish I had a featherweight too.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

what a lovely story.. you are so lucky to have it for Xmas.. super cool machine!

Maureen said...

I took home ec in high school in the mid 70's and like you bought myself a sewing machine. It was a Kenmore and it was a great machine. I had it until just a few years ago.

Anna said...

Great story. I just bought my first machine and haven't used it much, but I just love the look of the old machines, the lines and designs. Thanks for sharing!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

What a wonderful gift from your husband and son, that makes me all smiley! :)

Happy VTT and happy stitching!
Sally