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Linda those are very pretty and inspire to use my Redeye when it's back together. I like the piano key border.
they may both end up being donation quilts...I know the guild had a project for a grief camp coming up....like to have ones on hand, something always comes up....thanks
Retired and living in NE Michigan
Linda, Very pretty quilts. Is the second one a quilt as you go block?
All you ladies that have vintage machines....why do you prefer them for making quilts? I have never had a vintage machine so am asking in case I would want to get one,.
Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.
There's a nostalgia about sewing with these old girls too...there's just something about it that's hard to describe...and for many of us, we're old enough that it's like going back to our roots. These machines are consistantly workhorses, and to treadle a machine has it's own kind of special feeling...many love the sounds of a treadle machine, and many feel a "connection" to ancestors as they treadle...doing something the same way our grandmothers/great grandmothers, etc. would have done it...
One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.
I love the control that I have while treadling, a slower pace. The treadling sound has a way of soothing me, a calming effect. It's like the treadle is talking to me; telling me that it's okay to take life slowly.
As Charlee stated, the stitches on these vintage machines are beautiful!
As Nancy stated, the machines will out live us.
I also look at these exquisite machines as mechanical art that I can use to make quilts.
I just wish some of my machines could talk because I'm sure the stories that they have would be a delight!
I don't treadle, but I love my vintage machines because generally speaking, I don't have to hand over $60-$150 per machine to be serviced every year. I have one machine I have to do that with, and one is enough!
I work on the old machines and some newer machines. The older machines are made so well - is it any wonder they have such a beautiful stitch? The skill level of the work that went into those old machines is long gone. You do not see any new machine of any kind anywhere as well made as the old sewing machines - durable. The engineering is outstanding. I am in aw of what I see in the older machines. So simple yet they sew so fine. The newer the machine the more plastic and stamped parts I see and they don't hold up. They still rely on the old engineering to actually make them sew. I guess reliable comes to mind. Repairable - and I can do it. Reasonable prices. Green as in nothing will be wasted in a couple years - they will go on and on if cared for - if not they can be recycled or parts used to make another one just as well made to live a lot longer.
NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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