I want to finally introduce my peeps! We’re still not ready for another dog, and Mr. SewOldSchool and I wanted a pet (or five!) for the kids. I researched frogs, rats (I’m sorry, I just can’t!), cats (I’m super allergic!), and fish. None of those options seemed the perfect fit for our family.
After driving around our neighborhood and seeing coops popping up here and there, I researched chickens. There had to be some kind of draw.
The day I have been waiting for, for months is finally here! Today marks the start of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaways. This event is full of handmade goods/gifts made by fellow bloggers and/or crafters. It’s so much fun to enter to win items that someone poured their heart and imagination into. I just love it!
The title really says it all! If you really did just score yourself a vintage Singer 66, congratulations, and welcome to your new addiction! (Now hold on. Give me a minute to let me fix myself up so no one can tell I was just doing the happy dance for you!)
I do like most of the old, iron, ornate machines that Singer put out; but the 66 is definitely special. As I’ve mentioned before, it was the first machine I ever used (after my ten-minute run with a new, plastic, made-in-China Singer that had me proclaiming that sewing and I were not right for each other) — and it’s still one of my favorites.
Time and time again, I see someone purchasing one of these babies as their first vintage machine. And, as they should, they decide that they’re not going to just use it for display; they’re going to actually use it to sew. At first, you’re nervous and fear you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.
Relax! Chances are, if you have one, it can be cleaned and oiled and used for many years to come. You can even pass it down to your kids. (My kids will get all seven, whether they like it or not! LOL) I promise, it’s not as intimidating as it looks.
Sew (I’m sorry, couldn’t resist!) let’s talk it out!
As the T-Rex bed we made the kids has lost some of its nostalgia, there is no more sleeping through the night around here. Currently, the first kid shows up at 1:30 a.m. and hops in bed with us, and the second rolls in around 3:45 or 4:00 a.m. This has been happening for the last month or so. Every parent reading this understands that while the idea of cuddling with your kids through the night sounds good, that’s not exactly how it works! It’s so much better to cuddle them up in the morning, after a full night’s restful rest.
We all have our rough patches when it comes to little ones and sleep, so I’ll leave it at that — yes, we’re in a rough patch here at our house. Ha, ha!
I love making things. There’s something about doing something completely by yourself that exposes and highlights all of your talents and shortcomings. It’s a really humbling thing. In this technologically-driven world we live in, it’s nice to come back to those things that are more simple.
I can’t really explain in words what happened to me once I taught myself to sew on my first treadle. It changed the way I looked at all things handmade and gave me a passion about something that I really can’t describe.