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A Tote For My Featherweight

I’m getting ready to go to the NC Quilt Symposium, May 23rd thru the 26th. I decided to take my Singer 1939 Featherweight sewing machine. It is lightweight and won’t take up too much room. So I cleaned, oiled, and lubricated her, changed the needle. I have the original carry case, but it smells musty, it adds weight and takes up room. So I decided to make her a padded carry tote. I made it the same way I make all my totes. I have a tote making lesson plan under “Class Descriptions, Supply Lists & Stuff.

I cut a canvas outer fabric and lining fabric 20″ by 40”. I cut a 20″ by 40″ piece of Quilters Dream Fusible Batting.

The 1940’s style Lady embroidery design is from Embroidery Library. I embroidered the design, fused the batting to the back of the outer fabric, sewed up the sides and then made an 8″ gusset by measuring down 4″ to make my sewing line (see lesson plan for details).

Now I feel my Featherweight is protected. She will be placed in a roller cart with other items but won’t get scratched up.

Featherwright Tote

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It’s All Bonnie Hunter’s Fault

I started with two treadle sewing machines that double as bedside tables. My sister gave me a Singer hand crank machine. Several years ago my husband gave me a Featherweight. If you follow Bonnie Hunter’s blog then you have seen her coveted sewing machine collection. Ebay can be a dangerous thing if you LOVE sewing machines.

I keep saying “this is it, no more”, but I think I’m lying to myself. I have a 1941 Singer 221 Featherweight, a 1951 Singer 301a Slant Needle Longbed, a 1958 Singer 404 Slant Needle, and a 1969 Singer 237 Fashion Mate. I guess old Singer sewing machines make my stitches sing (chortle chortle). Not to mention two treadles, one hand crank, and then on to my love of Baby Locks…….