Ok, the short of it is I'm 7mo pregnant and my husband rolled over in bed just after midnight and the baby decided that was a wake up call and has been kicking for hours..... at least he's healthy! Deciding staying in bed would just make us both miserable I got up and started looking for things to do. I wasted some time on the computer, got some water (wow it's hot and the sun hasn't even come up yet). And finally decided to do the sashing on a large lap quilt I'm making as a wedding present.
I don't know yet if this was a bad idea or not... I've done early morning quilting before only to look at it later and find that I go "what was I thinking" while spending quality time with the seam ripper. So I'll find out if this was a good idea later, but it did calm the baby down! He seems to like it when I sit at the treadle :).
Now on to the attachment. I sew (mostly) on a singer 66 redeye. She was really abused before I got her and a few parts later she sews like a dream, but still shows her past wear and tear (see pic). I just purchased some attachments for her a month or so ago and have been working on getting used to them. One I've used the most is the seam allowance guide (curled metal thing attached to the bed in the pic). You just screw it into the bed of the machine and tighten the screw down when it's where you want it. Now this (I swear like every attachment known to man no matter how simple) took some getting used to. If you don't tighten it enough it' will turn slightly slanted and mess up your perfect seam allowance. If you don't take out the pins before they hit the guide they will cause your fabric to "bow" away from the guide and you will get some very interesting curved seam allowances (which I didn't notice until I was pressing the seams). However, after about two weeks of using this (because I have it and dang it I'm using it!:roll: my stubbornness is a family trait) I've adjusted to it and now it is my favorite thing of all time! I don't have goopy tape on my machine, I don't have to try and sight a line on the bed and (and I'm sure this is only cool to me and possibly a couple of other really dedicated vintage machine users) I'm using the attachment that would have come with the machine. To me this is awesome because it was made for my machine and works because that's what the women of that era needed (no quilter in the history of the world has been able to sight without, a guide, a perfect 1/4" seam every time, at least that i know of!)! Also, I can set it to whatever I need, if for some unknown reason I need a 2" seam allowance it's a quick twist of a screw and measure away!
Ok, I think I'm done rambling for now :XD: Just wanted to share!
My favorite attachment to date!