Thursday, May 3, 2012

1st Blog Anniversary + A New (to me) Sewing Machine

   I'm the worst blogger. Can you believe that I forgot about my own 1st blogiversary. :S

   I actually blogged the day of the anniversary (last week) but I didn't remember it was a special day. So... the post before this one would be the 1st Blog Anniversary post, I just forgot to mention it. LOL Happy Birthday little blog! Better later than never, right?

   I might be celebrating it but I need to decide how I'm going to do it. I'll keep you posted.

   Ok, on to the actual post. :D

   I've been in need of a new sewing machine because my trusty Brother decided she wouldn't let me trust her anymore. She started acting up to the point where I needed to unpick all my top-stitches and do them all over a couple of times until they were acceptable. They would look awesome from the top thread/needle side and look AWFUL from the bobbin side. I tried everything, I changed needles, adjusted tension, bought expensive thread and nothing. I think it might be the bobbin case but since I can't wait for the piece to arrive I decided to get me another sewing machine to keep working on (and to be a back-up) until I figure out how to solve my Brother's problem. So I bought a Singer Simple, it had nice reviews and it was super cheap so I didn't give it much thought. I've been using it and I like it. :D



   But what I actually wanted was a machine that I could really trust, one for which parts were easy to find and to repair. So yesterday I went to the sewing machine twilight zone. :S


You can click the pictures to see them full size, they are from my Instagram.

   And I brought a little treasure for my sewing room. :D



   This is not a Singer, it's its Chinese cousin or so I think. I researched about it a little but didn't find anything that would help me calculate its age. On the top, where it should read "Singer Manufacturing Co." blah blah, it reads "Made in the People's Republic of China". I think it's a clone/replica of the Singer 15-90 the only difference being the position of the bobbin finger; in my machine it faces to the right (1 o'clock position) where it should normally face to the left (11 o'clock position) and of course the name and designs. On its front where it should say Singer it says Flying Dove and all of its decals/markings are Dove themed. Original Singer parts fit flawlessly in case anything ever breaks.

   It's in perfect working order and sews beautifully, also the pedal is new and the bobbin winder is not its original because the original was broken. I still need to clean it really well since it came from a repair shop and it's super dirty but otherwise I'm pretty pleased with my purchase. The lady at the repair shop told me that this machine would probably sew through anything and I'm almost sure with the right needle it would. So in conclusion, I now have 2 new machines one that is easy to work with and modern and one that sews beautifully and should last me a lifetime if serviced properly; I got both of them for less than what I got my Brother for. I'm sew happy now! ;)

Oh! I accept cabinet donations. LOL The machine works on any surface but is too strong for any plastic table. I noticed the hard way. After just a couple hours of sewing, I have a dented plastic table to prove it.

11 comments:

  1. That is one bad ass sewing machine lady! Love it! Can't wait to see what you will make next.

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    1. I'll be publishing a couple of things I've made in the past few days. Thanks for the support!

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  2. Happy Anniversary! We must have started our blogs about the same time. Felicidades. I just checked & mine is 6-19.

    I have a Singer, which I love; I even bought the same machine again (after leaving the first one in Istanbul).

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    1. Gracias y felicidades! I now know, Singer is good!

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  3. Yay! Congratulations on the blogiversary as well as the new machines. :) The chinese knock-off is very cute . . . it makes me want to get some new machines to play with even though I LOVE my machine. ;)

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    1. I know! This machine has started a new interest in vintage sewing machines in me that I never thought would. They're so interesting!

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  4. This flying dove is a great collectors piece for sure, what a find. In India there are still tailors using these old style machines, making them work as hard as donkeys.
    Just quilted a pink and orange elephant cell phone pouch for my mothers mothers day gift. A Tracfone SVC cell phone for seniors, with big keys and letters on the screen ($15, $7/mnth for service).
    My mother and friends prefer that I always sew them something, I've had a few requests for nook covers and cell phone covers.

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  5. Happy 1st Blog Anniversary!! :)
    Love your new sewing machine - very vintage chic!

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  6. Wow, two thumbs up for the two machines! They will surely be instrumental in unleashing your talent and creativity.

    Happy Birthday to you and your blog. Wishing you more years of happiness and memories to cherish!

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    1. They sure will help. Thanks a bunch for the support and the kind wishes! <3

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