Sunday, January 4, 2015

Out of Chaos...

...Hopefully will come Order.

Now that the chaos of the holidays is over, all the gifts completed, and decorations put away - it is time to get a handle on my craft / rehab room. I really need to get everything organized, thinned out and put in its proper place. In its current state, it is nearly impossible to do anything creative, especially when you know that the mess which surrounds you certainly won't miraculously disappear.

So my first step is to start organizing all of my spare sewing machine parts, and start listing them on the Facebook Vintage Sewing Machine group, eBay, Etsy or Bonanza. Until I had them spread out across the floor, and started bagging, tagging and putting them in a spreadsheet - I had no idea I had that many extra parts. Hopefully they'll be useful for someone else's VSM restoration, and I can make a penny or two.

I've passed by this mess for a week now; it's driving me nuts.
Time to get in gear and get organized!

I have everything to re-build that Singer Featherweight, except
for the motor. I think I'll let someone else have that pleasure.

As soon as that task is completed, I have another 15-91 that I was gifted that I want to start work on. Based on the serial number, it's a pre-WWII machine, with the nice decorative face plate. I may keep this one as well, especially after free-motion quilting on my Centennial 15-91 for the holidays; I really enjoyed it and it was painless. There is also a 201-2 that either needs to be restored or parted out. It is missing a few parts that I don't have on hand, but the paint and finish on it are so nice, it would feel almost sacrilegious to part her out.

I also have a list of projects I need to finish and that I want to start. I found a vintage pattern for Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls that I'm dying to try out. There is the Bachelor Quilt that needs quilting. I put it away over a year ago, because I wasn't happy with it. I unfurled it today, and decided it wasn't as bad as I thought. There's a bedspread quilt that needs to be quilted. And I have a few shirt patterns that I want to try out for Michel and myself. There is certainly enough to keep my busy; I just don't want to start feeling overwhelmed and walk away from all of them.

'Til next time, here's to a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of you!


quiltfool said...

Hey Scott. So good to hear from you. I bet there are a lot of us trying to create order in our craft rooms now. I know i sure am. Take care. Lane

David R (Seattle) said...

Hi Scott,
I'm poking around looking for someone who will give me some good advice for refurbishing my mom's Singer 404 that is gummy, hasn't been used in 20 years. I have some projects for it, but don't think I should work it hard without at least a good cleaning. Also, the tension doesn't set right, perhaps because gummy? Your help would be gratefully appreciated. David

Scott said...

Hi David and Welcome!
Are you by chance on FaceBook? If so, we have a great group called Vintage Sewing Machines. We have tons of info on cleaning and such. If not, that's fine too. I recently finished restoring a Singer 500 that I will be blogging about soon - it was gummed up beyond belief. I've started writing it, and hope to have it finished this weekend. I'll try to cover what all you need, and if I miss anything, just ask or shoot me an email. Cheers!