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Sue's Sewing and Happenings
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Endangered Species List?

Are the home sew'rs on the endangered species list?  I sure hope not!  But by the looks of the entries at the Los Angeles County Fair, you would think they are!  There's lots of crochet and knitted items, but waaaaaaaay too few sewn garments!  

This weekend I will be back at the Fair sitting at the American Sewing Guild Table with my niece and friend Barbara.


All you wonderful garment sew'rs out there,  enter your items in your local county fair, show off your sewing skills; let the world know that we are out there and are creative and are not just a bunch of old ladies making eck! 

 I recall a few years ago seeing beautiful wedding gowns, costumes, tailored jackets, shirts, blouses, etc.  This year, there were fewer than 15 items.  No, I didn't enter anything either, so I'm just as guilty!  That is why I promised the exhibit organizer that I will get at least 50 garments entered for next year ... no not all by me, but by all of us out there in the Los Angeles area! And I know there are lots and lots of us! I meet you each and every day and you are just as excited as me about sewing.   Don't let the Fair become a huge infomercial!  The Fair is to show off our crafts, hobbies, livestock, and interests!  The "commercials" are just extras.   Enter your items, be proud to show it off! Then go to the fair to see your item nicely displayed, and if it has won a ribbon!  Wow, that's fun... afterwards have fun at the  Fair, eat all the "bad" foods, enjoy a concert, go on the big slide!





Posted by sue at 9:08 AM PDT
Updated: Saturday, September 27, 2008 9:20 AM PDT
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ok, this is the last one... no really

I saw this

and had to get it. 

I'll pick it up today!


It's an industrial Pfaff 130...  The description said it was in excellent condition.   I hope so!

 Edited to add:  I got the machine and it is BEAUTIFUL.  The decals are perfect, there's no rust, it's still shiny and new looking and it sews like a dream - straight stitch and zig zag and came with all its feet.   The power cord is in great condition.  This will be a keeper!  The only negative is that it weighs a ton so it defintely is not portable.  

Posted by sue at 10:10 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, September 25, 2008 11:12 AM PDT
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Just What I Don't Need

Another sewing machine

Every now and then I scan ebay for sewing machines that are local and for pick up only.  You can get some good steals buys that way.

I found this machine and love the cabinet.  It's a drawing cabinet so you can neatly store it away in your drawing room.  (In Victorian times, the drawing-room was used for comfortable sitting and as the principal room for entertaining)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drawing_room

These older cabinets are usually nice wood that can easily be refinished.  This one appears to be in very nice condition.   I'm picking it up tonite....  


 This is an ad.  Based on the serial number on the machine it appears to be from August, 1910 .  This cabinet came in 2 styles, plain and embossed.  I think the wood is referred to as tiger oak. 


I already have a treadle machine, but it's the ordinary cabinet we see so often.  I think I may oil this and see how it works..  Next time we have "rolling blackouts" and no electric, I can sew by candle light!

Posted by sue at 10:19 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 10:32 AM PDT
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Party in the Park

I finally got around to uploading some photos from the party in the park on Aug 29th.  I live on a corner and my side yard is now referred to as a park.  We got swings and a net for badmittin or volleyball.  My grass is taking a beating, but that's ok! 

This was Jeffrey's 5th B'day.  His sister and the neighbor kid across the street drew up some invites and invited the neighbors over for some cake and ice cream in the yard.  Just about everyone showed up and it was a lot of fun.  This is what a kid's party should be, just fun, not all that fluff and expense.  They were all told to come and have cake and have fun.


Posted by sue at 1:11 PM PDT
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sew Personalized

One of the things that attracted me to sewing was being able to make something unique and to personalize what I wear.   Ever since I can remember, I like to wear something different... not weird, just different.  And I realized today that I do the same thing with my car, I have personalized them.   I had personalized plates on my first car, a 9 passenger station wagon... that plate was 1CSR2B - I was going to court reporting school and "CSR" stands for Certified Shorthand Reporter.   My 5.0 Mustang had this plate

this is fitting for the car and me.

 Now, those of you that have been reading my blog for a while can probably guess what my top 2 favorite things are... hence, my current plate



Posted by sue at 8:28 PM PDT

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