After my husband left for work this morning, I opened up the box with my mom’s sewing machine in it. (See my Mom’s Recipes page) My mom actually bought this sewing machine for me as a gift a long time ago. Actually, she bought it for me and wanted to trade for my old sewing machine, which she also bought for me as a Christmas gift my senior year in high school. She actually bought two of my three sewing machines for me! Thanks Mom! Let me clarify my rambling. For Christmas my senior year in high school, I received a White sewing machine from my mom. I was in heaven and she also got me a sewing machine table. The whole ensemble fit nicely into one of the closets in my bedroom (yes, I was a lucky girl with two closets! of course, the one I used for clothes wasn’t even close to full. It was pretty big.) I used that machine for several years until my mom showed up one day with a new one. I think she and my aunt had been to a sewing machine show or something and she saw this one and thought I would like it. It was a Necchi brand which I had never heard of and have not heard of since, but hey it was new! It also had this really cool side cutter attachment (like a serger!) I tried it for a while, but couldn’t get used to it, so I asked her if we could trade back and we did. I happily used my White until a few years ago when my husband bought me a new Singer for Christmas. What a guy! He also bought me a serger which, much to his dismay, I have yet to figure out. I would use the Necchi when I would visit my mom because she often had little projects for me to do.
The machine on the left is the Necchi with the side cutter in the box.
The White (my first sewing machine) is on the right.
As most of you know, my mom died two years ago on April 4th. I finally got some of her things a couple days ago and the Necchi was one of them. After I took it out of the box this morning, I was looking at it and fiddling with it a little and I discovered that the feed dogs drop down! For you non-sewists (I just can’t write sewers) the feed dogs are what pull the fabric through as you are sewing. They tend to make free motion quilting quite difficult because they are pulling one way when you want to go another. I was so excited by this because I lost the plastic feed dog cover for my Singer and my White doesn’t have that option. I believe that the Necchi will be my new quilting machine! I just have to find a spot for it! Three machines and serger is kind of ridiculous, but also kind of awesome! I feel so lucky!
The White and the Necchi have metal bodies and are rather heavy, but the Singer is plastic and much more portable, so that will still be the one that I take with me to quilt club or wherever it’s needed. Perhaps, I will leave that one in my bag and set up the other two on my table at home.
My sewing machine bag (It’s actually a rolling tote from 31 Gifts) and a close up of the embroidery. It says Sew On The Go.
Can you guess what I’ll be playing with today?
Julie (Gardengirl is still waiting for the weather to warm up!)