Meet My Machine!

Hi ya’ll!  Well, yesterday was a love story, and today’s all about machines!  I’m excited to be one of the first stops on the Meet My Machine Blog Hop happening this week, hosted by Sew at Home Mummy & The Tilted Quilt.
The Tilted Quilt meet My Machine Linky Party
So, my machines…here they are!
First off, meet Whizzy, my Husquvarna Viking Mega Quilter.  She’s a super duper heavy duty, industrial straight stitch-only machine.  Stitches like a hot knife through butter, at 1600 stitches per minute- just what I need for speedy, smooth piecing, and lightning fast free motion quilting.  I really love this machine because it is everything I love about an old, vintage machine (weighs a ton, solid as a rock, no fancy-schmancy, overly fussy plastic computerized stuff), but with all the essential bells & whisles I love about a new machine, like my automatic thread cutter, my needle down option, speed control, knee lift presser foot.  Actually, I never use the knee-lift feature, but I should.  It’s cool. :)
Meet My Machine 1
Next up:  Helen, my beloved 1944 Singer Featherweight, who I named after both of my grandmas.  I love this thing!  I just purchased it a couple of monthes ago and have already finished several large projects on it- primarily because it’s so light and portable, that I’ve actually been keeping it up in the dining room, as well as toting it along to events like guild meetings, QuiltCon, and this week it’s coming with me to Sew South!  My husband, Russell, actually stitched his entire first quilt ever on this machine as well.
My Singer Featherweight
The Mailman Cometh 06
The Mailman Cometh 07
I also have a couple of other vintage machines.  Honestly, I rarely use them these days, but I love them all the same, and can’t imagine them not keeping them company in my sewing room.
This first one is a Montgomery Ward Signature machine that I picked up at a yard sale for $15 because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color.  Isn’t it just pretty?  I’ve actually made many a project on this one, and also had it on set with me during all the Craftsy video shoots to add some homey atmosphere.
Garage Sale Jackpot 01

Garage Sale Jackpot 04

Garage Sale Jackpot 05

Lastly, there’s my old Calanda Zig-O-Matic.  I rescued this old girl from a dingy thrift store for a few bucks, and gave her a happy new home :)  Her first project was my modern mini, since my Viking only does straight stitch, and I’d decided to do some zig-zag applique for that one.

My Modern Mini 05

Be sure to stop on over and visit all of the other stops on the blog hop as well.  What a fun way to get aquainted with some new blogs and friends. :)

 

And before I sign off here, I must announce the winner of the March Sugar Block $75 Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway!!!  Congrats to our random winner, DEBBIE WEISHAAR!!!  Great job getting your blocks done, and I’m so delighted to hear that you’re involving your grandson in your quilting!  Enjoy your gift certificate!   Blog Winner

Comments

  1. Love it. I’m always curious as to what machines other people use.

  2. I bought my Viking about 13 years ago and never looked back although I wish it would make coffee sometimes! I just don’t have the passion for old machines as I always was sewing on them as a kid and when I got the Viking I got the features I could afford!

  3. Amy – thanks so much for participating in the hop! I really enjoyed the post and I’m feeling like a vintage machine might be in my future – what treasures! Our linky party will be up all week so others can join in the machine madness :)

  4. I love your old Montgomery Ward blue machine! I also have a vintage blue machine but have never used it… this makes me want to take it in for a tune up and get to work on it!

  5. Loving the fact that you named your machines :) Wonderful idea. I do love the Singer Featherweight, such a pretty looking machine, but the others are good machines also. I have a 30 year old New Home machine that weighs a ton and has loads of stitches on it. Stays on my table as you can break your back lifting it, but it is so reliable and much better than the modern plasticy things.

  6. Hey Amy!
    Thank you so much for hopping with us today! I loved seeing all of your machines (that Featherweight looks MINT! and your Viking – do you know what the throat space is on it?
    I hope you had fun writing up your post, it was a lot of fun reading it!
    Happy quilting,
    Erin

  7. This is great! I am shopping for a sewing machine, so I will be sure to checkmall the other posts.

  8. Nice post! And beautiful family!! I also have the Viking mega quilter. It has been sitting unused in my sewing room for about two years. The last project I tried, which was only my third or fourth project, had major tension problems. As I turned dials and frantically tried to fix the tension I just messed it up more. Any suggestions? Should I just take it in to a shop and have them fix it? I also have the stitch regulator and wonder if I did something to the machine when I added that in. Frustrating, though it’s a great place to hang fabric!

  9. Amy,
    Thanks for sharing your machines. Have fun using them. I have 12 machines ,4 I do not use they are old and need service or fixing before I can use them.

  10. Your four machines are so neat! Thank you for sharing them!

  11. Your machines are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Love your vintage machines! I have a few, too – including a featherweight. Your sewing space looks so bright and inviting!

  13. It’s lovely seeing your older machines and reading you love story, you should be the one photographing the Sew Lux Fabrics, I so want to buy a bundle of that fabric you got. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Heather Shore says:

    Love your machines. My grandma’s name was Helen. I named my oldest daughter after her.
    Do you ever come to Ohio?

  15. Such pretty machines!!! I also lov e the light and airiness of your sewing room- would love to see more! ;) Here’s where I blogged about my machine today- http://meandelna.blogspot.com/2013/03/meet-elna-and-her-crib.html .

  16. Your machines are beautiful. Love the blue one! Your sewing room is so bright and neat. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Great machines. That featherweight is gorgeous!! I actually did a quick inhale when I saw it… wow!

  18. I love all the vintage machines. When you buy them from yard sales or thrift shops, do you usually bring them in to a sewing machine repair shop to get it ready to use?

  19. I love the 2 quilt blocks peeking over the back of Whizzy! Did you design them?

  20. Thanks for sharing! Love your blog!

  21. ole chook says:

    Congratulations to the winner – enjoy your spending spree :O) looking forward to seeing your creation using your fabrics

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