Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: I had to make myself STOP looking at feedsack fabrics on Ebay!

  1. #1
    Power Poster sewbizgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    12,516
    I peruse the ebay offerings every so often, and got so exhasperated today with the ridiculous prices for little bits of feedsack scraps. So many have been cut up into tiny pieces, too. 5" X 3"? I guess I can forget trying to find a good deal on Ebay... sigh.

  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Posts
    4,014
    what specifically are you looking for in feedsacks.

  3. #3
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Posts
    4,014
    i understand what you mean about prices. i saw an 11"x19" piece for 9.95 That makes it over $80.00 per yd

    I have a gold mine sitting in the closet in my basement.

  4. #4
    Power Poster sewbizgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    12,516
    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    i understand what you mean about prices. i saw an 11"x19" piece for 9.95 That makes it over $80.00 per yd

    I have a gold mine sitting in the closet in my basement.
    Yes, if you cut it up into lots of 20 pieces that are half the size of a charm square, you could probably retire, LOL!

    I just look at the lots... I LOVE that fabric and have been collecting some, when I can find it. I was stupid enough to make a full apron out of some of mine a couple of years ago, not knowing it was probably a $200 apron! Oh well, I can always cut up my apron. :oops:

  5. #5
    Super Member quiltmaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    In Hiding
    Posts
    1,227
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    I peruse the ebay offerings every so often, and got so exhasperated today with the ridiculous prices for little bits of feedsack scraps. So many have been cut up into tiny pieces, too. 5" X 3"? I guess I can forget trying to find a good deal on Ebay... sigh.

    Did I ever hear and sympathize with you!

  6. #6
    Super Member quiltmaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    In Hiding
    Posts
    1,227
    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    i understand what you mean about prices. i saw an 11"x19" piece for 9.95 That makes it over $80.00 per yd

    I have a gold mine sitting in the closet in my basement.

    Yes, you could probably retire or be close to it on those if you aren't already.

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    indiana
    Posts
    1,412
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    i understand what you mean about prices. i saw an 11"x19" piece for 9.95 That makes it over $80.00 per yd

    I have a gold mine sitting in the closet in my basement.
    Yes, if you cut it up into lots of 20 pieces that are half the size of a charm square, you could probably retire, LOL!

    I just look at the lots... I LOVE that fabric and have been collecting some, when I can find it. I was stupid enough to make a full apron out of some of mine a couple of years ago, not knowing it was probably a $200 apron! Oh well, I can always cut up my apron. :oops:
    just realized when i looked closely at your avatar that it is the same machine my fiance[sp?]bought me for my b-day last june!have never seen another one according to serial # it is 1909.it is in a treadle table[someone made for it]but it has been changed to electric]still haven't sewn on it,ialso bought a pfaffqe4 that im still trying to learn.
    i have never seen any other machine w/the foot screw in the back.didn't come ww/ any acces. but i did send for manual [thanx to billy]
    do you use yours,like/love it?would love to hear from someone who knows about this machine!it is beautiful & in great shape[decals,etc]
    would appreciate any info you can share!
    thanks in advance,dar

  8. #8
    Power Poster sewbizgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    12,516
    Quote Originally Posted by dar627742
    just realized when i looked closely at your avatar that it is the same machine my fiance(sp?)bought me for my b-day last june!have never seen another one according to serial # it is 1909.it is in a treadle table(someone made for it)but it has been changed to electric]still haven't sewn on it,ialso bought a pfaffqe4 that im still trying to learn.
    i have never seen any other machine w/the foot screw in the back.didn't come ww/ any acces. but i did send for manual (thanx to billy)
    do you use yours,like/love it?would love to hear from someone who knows about this machine!it is beautiful & in great shape(decals,etc)
    would appreciate any info you can share!
    thanks in advance,dar
    Heck yeah, I love it in the extreme... Today I am piecing a quilt on it. My main machine for the past 30 years has been my Bernina Record 830, and the Singer 66 makes nicer stitches and smoother seams. Just beautiful sewing and the sound is so soothing- tickety, tickety when going slow. Mine is a 1908 treadle. If I had yours I'd take the motor off and turn it back to a treadle (SET IT FREE!). I love treadling.

    Yeah, these older 66s are "back clamps", or I should say have back clamping feet. Those are harder to find. Because of that, lots of people have changed their pressure foot bar to one that takes side clamping feet, which are plentiful. I like my back clamp and plan to keep it original. I got a lot of feet with the machine and an awesome parlor cabinet. It's also got the Brown Lotus decals, versus just Lotus. I got so blessed when I found this beautiful machine!

    You can ask me anything you like about it. You should sew on yours! Put some Liquid Wrench in all the oiling spots, and wherever metal touches metal, let that sit a bit, then clean it out and replace it with new sewing machine oil. You will have to take off the face plate, rear inspection plate, and the bobbin plate to get to everywhere, so while you have them off, also clean the lint and gunk in there. That may be all your machine needs to sew smooth as silk.

    Several people on this board have this same machine. I think Billy has one (??), CabbagePatchKid, and several others. A few years later they started putting the Red Eye decals on them, but these Lotuses are early...

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Kentucky Wildcat Country Go Big Blue
    Posts
    816
    Blog Entries
    2
    I love the look of feedsacks but can't understand why they are priced so high. I don't like to make anything out of them because they ravel so bad. I would much rather have the 30's prints that look a lot like feedsacks. I like the old look.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Mountain View, Oklahoma
    Posts
    548
    Blog Entries
    3
    yeah, I wanted to buy feed sacks too to go into making a quilt, but the price is just too high.

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    indiana
    Posts
    1,412
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by dar627742
    just realized when i looked closely at your avatar that it is the same machine my fiance(sp?)bought me for my b-day last june!have never seen another one according to serial # it is 1909.it is in a treadle table(someone made for it)but it has been changed to electric]still haven't sewn on it,ialso bought a pfaffqe4 that im still trying to learn.
    i have never seen any other machine w/the foot screw in the back.didn't come ww/ any acces. but i did send for manual (thanx to billy)
    do you use yours,like/love it?would love to hear from someone who knows about this machine!it is beautiful & in great shape(decals,etc)
    would appreciate any info you can share!
    thanks in advance,dar
    Heck yeah, I love it in the extreme... Today I am piecing a quilt on it. My main machine for the past 30 years has been my Bernina Record 830, and the Singer 66 makes nicer stitches and smoother seams. Just beautiful sewing and the sound is so soothing- tickety, tickety when going slow. Mine is a 1908 treadle. If I had yours I'd take the motor off and turn it back to a treadle (SET IT FREE!). I love treadling.

    Yeah, these older 66s are "back clamps", or I should say have back clamping feet. Those are harder to find. Because of that, lots of people have changed their pressure foot bar to one that takes side clamping feet, which are plentiful. I like my back clamp and plan to keep it original. I got a lot of feet with the machine and an awesome parlor cabinet. It's also got the Brown Lotus decals, versus just Lotus. I got so blessed when I found this beautiful machine!

    You can ask me anything you like about it. You should sew on yours! Put some Liquid Wrench in all the oiling spots, and wherever metal touches metal, let that sit a bit, then clean it out and replace it with new sewing machine oil. You will have to take off the face plate, rear inspection plate, and the bobbin plate to get to everywhere, so while you have them off, also clean the lint and gunk in there. That may be all your machine needs to sew smooth as silk.

    Several people on this board have this same machine. I think Billy has one (??), CabbagePatchKid, and several others. A few years later they started putting the Red Eye decals on them, but these Lotuses are early...
    thank you for the info !i have cosidered turning it back to treadle,but have arthritis & fibro really bad ,so havn't been able to keep at it for very long at a time.i would like to find a few feet for it ,if you know where to get them.it is SUCH a beautiful machine,just looking at it makes me smile,but one day i'd lke to be able to sew on her,too.hopefully , i'll start feeling better,so i can concentrate !
    thanx again for being so kind as to take the time to reply!
    dar

  12. #12
    Power Poster sewbizgirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    12,516
    Quote Originally Posted by dar627742
    thank you for the info !i have cosidered turning it back to treadle,but have arthritis & fibro really bad ,so havn't been able to keep at it for very long at a time.i would like to find a few feet for it ,if you know where to get them.it is SUCH a beautiful machine,just looking at it makes me smile,but one day i'd lke to be able to sew on her,too.hopefully , i'll start feeling better,so i can concentrate !
    thanx again for being so kind as to take the time to reply!
    dar
    You're welcome! I hope you are feeling better soon and can get some more play time on your lovely antique machine. I just finished piecing a quilt on mine, tonight, and I'm going over to the pictures thread to post pics of it-- it's the "Summer in the Park Quilt", if you want to go take a look. Keep an eye out for a trashed out old 66 that might come with some accessories, and maybe you can get some feet that way. Of course the one foot you will use 99% of the time is the plain presser foot.

    I guess the feedsacks are high because they are a limited quantity. They aren't making them anymore. Too bad that so many have holes and stains on them, tho. Fabrics do deteriorate over that much time. I love the old prints and collect both the real feedsacks (when I can find them!) and the new reproduction fabrics. Some of them look just like the oldies.

  13. #13
    Super Member luvTooQuilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    A Hop from Heaven, a Skip from Sanity and a Jump from the Good Life....
    Posts
    7,119
    Blog Entries
    1
    I love the orig feedsacks..I was fortunate to find a BOX stuffed with orig feedsacks in it at an auction.. I bought all of it for $25.. I am having a hard time cutting into them, so for now they are waiting for the perfect pattern.. .

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.