Well, at least one reason, anyway....This happened a few months ago, but I haven't had time to blog it yet...
Looky, looky what I finally got! I am SOOOOO excited!
A little Singer Featherweight 221 that was born in 1954. I LOVE IT! Last weekend, I took a class with Holly on how to maintain it. We took them apart, cleaned them, lubed them, oiled them, and she runs like a top! I could not be more thrilled with the purchase!
So, here's how it came to be.... It's all Mary's fault. (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.)
In July when I was at my quilt retreat in Minnesota (blogged here and here), Mary was sewing on a Featherweight. So was Cindy. I commented on how badly I wanted a Featherweight. Then, in August, Mary sent me an e-mail asking if I had gotten my Featherweight. Attached to her e-mail was an ad from Craig's list in her area for a Featherweight that was in pristine condition, had all the parts, and was only about $300. I immediately e-mailed the gal, hoping to get it. The only problem was it was in the Minneapolis area, and the ad said she wouldn't ship it. I was pretty sure Mary would help me with it if I needed it....I was willing to ask her if she'd pick it up and ship it to me, and I'd pay for the shipping. But, alas, I was too late, and someone just before me had already claimed it. I was bummed.
So, I went on ebay and just started surfing around. I saw this little machine, and it looked in good shape. It was only bid up to about $230. I couldn't believe it. So, I put in a bid of $280, figuring I'd never get get it that cheap. But lo and behold, I got it for $274! Wow!
So, then I went, "S***! How am I going to tell my husband I just bought another sewing machine?! He's going to freak." I figured I needed to think about this a bit.
The ebay seller sent me the shipping notice, and I figured, "Cool. It won't get here until I get back from my retreat. I can think about it while I'm there."
About 5 minutes after I arrived in Shipshewana and was unloading my stuff, my cell phone rang. It was my husband. I answered.
Mama Pea: Hello?
Papa Pea: Why did you think you needed another sewing machine?
MP: (Oh, crap. The sewing machine arrived. And he opened it! Whaaat?! I am not prepared for this. What do I say? How do I couch this? Think, Stephanie. Think!!!) Um...stammer, stammer. Pause. Stammer, stammer.
PP: Never mind. Don't even answer that. It's a really cute machine, and I totally understand why you felt you needed it.
MP: (You have GOT to be kidding me. I cannot even believe how wonderful he's being.) I love you. Thank you for understanding.
PP: I can't wait for you to get home and show me how it works.
MP: I was hoping you'd enjoy tinkering with it and helping me keep it running nice. I was also thinking you might enjoy working on Featherweights in your spare time. Maybe we could pick up others, clean them up, and sell them. (Pretty nice effort on my part to make this sound like it was for him, not me.)
PP: Yeah, that might be fun. These are really neat machines.
What a guy, huh? I was so happy and relieved. It makes my little machine even more fun to own. I love it.
And right after this, Holly and I went shopping in Shipshewana, and she bought one, too, at one of the local antique stores. She got a beauty for a little more than what I paid, but she didn't have to pay for shipping. That was fun.
I brought it home and set it up after our little maintenance class. Look who else loves it. She just went to down doing sewing practice. Last night I was talking about doing some more sewing with her, and she said, "On what machine?" I said, "Which one do you want to sew on?" She said, "I want to sew on the little black one. It's fun and easy to use!" I think she's going to love her little sewing machine for Christmas.
So, Mary...this is all your fault. AND THANK YOU! Your little Craig's List ad pushed me over the edge to finally getting my own little Featherweight. And I'm loving it.
Until next time,