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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Singer 99 is a Singer 66 in a 3/4 size...

Our youngest Grandaughter was a micro preemie. She is still just a little wisp of a girl but big when it comes to the creative processes. She uses a 99 that we gave her for Christmas. Hers is a 1950 ish version with back tacking.  Its just right for her smaller hands. We were very lucky and found one already in a nice cabinet.  Again this machine will tick tick tick along or sew like the wind. We call the 99's the little Pit Bulls of the sewing world. They won't slide off into your lap thats for sure!

One great thing about the 99 is that the attachments are easy to find and again, its so simple to thread and perfect for a little micro preemie!

Threading a Singer 66

The most common Singer I run across is the 66, from treadle to case to cabinet.  I think when they were new they were cheaper than the 15's...   But let me tell you they can be a work horse.  Not only do I piece quilts on mine but use for all my utility sewing. The best thing I like about her is the ability to go tick tick tick... she will sew just as slow as can be which is great when teaching a child how to sew. It will let them sew as slow as needed till they master the machine a bit more. 

I especially love mine because not only does it sound like a rain stick when running but the cabinet it's in is just great, it has a built in pedal, makes me feel like I am playing an organ instead of running a sewing machine. 

Another great thing is how darn easy they are to thread!

My Singer 15-91

I bought this machine off of eBay from another seller I know in a town close to where we live. When I bought it I did not know it was a 15-91 and when I found out I was so excited! And it looked good too. I had read on the yahoo groups that it was a great machine and they were selling pretty good too.

I thought I would try free motion quilting on it and well I LOVED IT! I don't even use a foot to do it. I tried one though and it just did not like it.  It takes a strong set of hands but I can quilt a baby quilt in no time with this machine. Nothing fancy just meandering but I love the way it turns out once the quilt is washed.  Here is a picture of it quilting a gift I was making for my great niece.

The First Post

Well I suppose I should be the first to post but you all don't be shy, I would love to hear about your machines and your projects and so would everyone else.  Remember we are not experts here and we can learn from one another. 

I hope to really get this blog off to a good start so go ahead and help me out!
This is a picture of my sewing room. Tell me about yours!
                                                                        Gwen, The Vintage Seamstress