Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lots and lots of progress!

I've been sewing up a storm the last three days.  I started 5 different Valentine's blocks on Thursday.  I made them on my Singer Spartan hand crank.  I'll have to finish them on my Janome, since I have to do the applique on them.  I can't do the blanket stitch on my vintage machines.  Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the blocks.  I'll show them when they are done.

Remember this thread catcher?
Thread catcher
Val found the pattern here

28 thread catchers cut out, pinned and ready to be sewn
Well, as the over achiever I can sometimes be, I found several cute, coordinating fabrics, and cut out as many sets as I could.  I wound up with 28 sets. 
Singer Spartan (192K) hand crank

Back Tack lever on Singer Spartan
 The Back Tack feature on this Singer Spartan is great for making these thread catchers.  I could lock each end of each side sew much easier using this.
Sidewinder Portable Bobbin Threader
Another great thing is my Sidewinder Portable Bobbin Threader.  I can use this for my round bobbin vintage sewing machines.  This is sew much easier than winding the bobbins on the treadles and hand cranks.  I wish I had another one.  It would be great to have one at home, and one for 'travel'.  I'm always afraid I'm going to lose it (or put it up somewhere 'safe' and never find it again).
28 almost completed thread catchers
Well, I sewed all 28 thread catchers.  I just finished.  All I have to do is to sew on the buttons.  I have a couple of jars of buttons in the basement, so, that is my next thing to do tonight.  I hope I have enough cute buttons for each of these. 

I finally got time to visit a thrift store this week.  It was so busy November, December and January, that I really haven't been to the thrift stores much.  I think I'm having withdrawal ; )  Well, I found this cute bowl on Thursday afternoon. 
thrift store find
Well, I'd better be off so that I can go thru all of my buttons.  I hope you are having a great crafty weekend, too.

By the way, did you notice that I now have 100 followers???  WOW!  I think this deserves a GIVEAWAY to all of you wonderful readers.  Hmmm... now, what great things can I give?   I'll be back soon with the answer.


  1. I NEED to make a thread catcher or 9. They look so cute! What are you going to do with 28 of them?
    Your bowl is cute!!! We went junkin' today too, although this week, we didn't fill the van! =-)

  2. I thought I was crazy making 5 :D
    I am no match for you. Well done.
    I love the little dish.

  3. You could give away one of the 28!!! I made four, which was supposed to get me one, but then I thought of another friend to give one to. They are darling and I will photo them and show them on my blog pretty soon, cause they all go out tomorrow.


  4. What an adorable sewing machine! I love it!

  5. Cool thread catchers. You have been a sewing maniac this weekend! That is a LOT to get done. :o) They are so cute. Congrats on 100--oh a giveaway! Fun fun. :o) I LOVE that little bobbin threader. So cute. Have a great week! xo

  6. Cool idea with the thread catchers. Maybe one of those will make it into a giveaway? ;) Love the little thrifted dish. It looks handpainted. Very lovely!

  7. Love those thread catchers! Clever! I always have thread laying around when I sew.:) The bobbin winder is cool-I need one of those!!! That bowl sure is pretty. I need to frequent those stores!

  8. I have seen a few of these triangles recently. They are cute. Thank you for punting a link to the tutorial appreciated that. Added you as my newest following.



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