Friday, January 07, 2011

Meet Nellie

A friend of mine introduced me to the dangerous world of vintage sewing machines.  She showed me her shiny machines, and I resisted.  She even tried telling me how I needed her little 301.  I stayed firm.  I did not need another machine.

Well my resistance is only so strong.  I started watching Craigslist.  I really had no intention of buying anything, but I was curious.  Then along came Nellie.
She is a Singer 99k, and she now belongs to the kiddos.  They love her.  I bought her for $20, and I couldn't be happier.  We oiled the gears, and she is in fantastic condition.  The machine currently has a motor, but it can easily be converted to a handcrank.  We may do this, but have not yet decided.

I have been showing Eamon and Aine how to thread her and sew.  They are very excited.  Today they each sewed a gift bag from holiday material.  They are very pleased with their work.  Pajama pants are next.  I think it was a great investment, and I am glad Sarah is my friend despite her bad influence.


  1. Oh, what a sweet addition!

  2. I want to learn how to do knitting... any ideas on good places to start?

    The pictures are so great! Tell the kids they can start making Gus a blanket... :D

  3. Cathy - check out your local yarn store for a beginner class. A lot of times, they will be able to help you right in the store to learn the basics like casting-on, knit, and purl. There are also tutorials online - is a good one. You may want to ask around in your mom's groups. Someone may know how to knit and be willing to teach you.