Friday, January 29, 2016

Betty Sue's new accessories

I've been busy sewing on Betty Sue, my new (to me) purple Featherweight.  She and I have been making some accessories for her.
quilting on 1939 Singer Featherweight
Betty Sue has some scratches on the bottom, because of her snug fit in her case.
scratches on bottom of Betty Sue
The first thing I made was a bag, to put Betty Sue in, when she is in her case.  This way, she wouldn't get any more scratches.
Betty Sue in her new bag

Betty Sue, all safe in her new bag

Betty Sue in her bag, inside the case

bag (thread) peaking out of accessory case
The next thing Betty Sue needed was a cover, for her folding table, so that it wouldn't get scratched.
Betty Sue's new folding table cover

Betty Sue's new folding table cover
I did try to put button holes in the bag, for the ribbon.  I attached a Singer button hole maker to the machine, carefully following the directions in the manual.  I've not used a button hole maker before, but, I have several in my collection.  Well.....the feed dog cover, that attaches to the bed of the machine, wouldn't attach properly.  I finally gave up, BUT, when I was putting all the parts away, I saw THIS on the bed of Betty Sue.
paint chipped away in screw holes, on bed of machine
I was in shock!!!!!   Talk about an UN-happy lady!!!!  I'll be looking for some paint to match Betty Sue's purple, so that I can repair this damage.  It may take a while to find the right color paint. 

Next, I started on 2, yes 2 different sewing machine mats for Betty Sue.  One mat, will be for when I take Betty Sue, with out an extension table.  This mat doesn't need to be very big.
smaller sewing machine mat for Betty Sue

up close of the pocket material (pins)
The other mat, is for when I take the extension table with Betty Sue.
large sewing mat, for use with extension table

up close of pocket material (faux selvage)
Of course, those pockets need some sewing items to go in them.  I've been looking for purple items since I knew Betty Sue would be mine.
purple (and other color) pins in a purple box, tape measure & retractable tape measure, scissors, and seam ripper
I'm thinking of adding ties to each mat, so that I can roll them up, with the sewing notions in the pockets.  I wouldn't want to lose the notions, and, I don't want to be taking them in/out, each time I use the machine.  I bought a set for each sewing mat (I love sales).  I do still need one more seam ripper in purple. 

I still need to make a pin cushion thread catcher for Betty Sue.  I also plan on making her a slip resistant pad for the floor (I'm tired of chasing her foot pedal around).  I'll make both of these to match Betty Sue's other accessories.  I already have the pin cushion thread catcher cut out.

I think I'm starting to get my sewing mojo back.



22 comments:

  1. She is adorable! I have a mint green/white featherweight made in 1961 that I adore stitching on. Good idea to protect that beautiful paint!

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  2. OMGosh Cheryl...Betty Sue never had it sooooo GOOD! All the covers, pads and accessories are perfect and so clever. I am glad I never tried any of the accessories like the button hole attachment...like you, I would have been devastated with the screw hole damage. I hope you can find the paint color to match, if not I bet black would work to at least minimize it and not be as noticeable. Folding table cover and bag adorable. I need to do that for my Black Featherweight. So glad you and Betty Sue are becoming best friends. Love it!!!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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  3. You look like you are having fun dressing up Betty Sue. All practical items so needed for a lovely gal.

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  4. Great accessories! I bought a pattern to make a slipcase for mine, but have not made it. You inspired me to drag out some fabric tomorrow and start it. Been busy making quilts. I love the mat with pockets!

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  5. Love your sewing accouterments which you made and purchased.

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  6. Oh... She is gorgeous! As are her new accessories. She is one lucky lady! i hope you don't have any trouble finding the touch up paint. ~Jeanne

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  7. I love your accessories, you have given me a lot of great ideas!

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  8. Oow just love that machine and great accessories. Purple - how great is that!

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  9. Awesome! Try fingernail polish for touchup.

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  10. Your accessories are great! I love the idea of matching notions.

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  11. I'm so glad you're getting your mojo back, she's pretty inspiring. What about her lovely doily which was the first thing I saw? Now I know what we quilters do when we've outgrown our dolls :)

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  12. Betty Sue is one well dressed lady!

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  13. I repeat what quiltmania says, she is very well dressed!!

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  14. Betty Sue is the fanciest dressed machine in blogland :)

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  15. All purple, all the time! Betty Sue has definitely provided some inspiration for you. Such a wonderful mix of accessories for her! Hope you are able to fix her paint boo-boo!!!

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  16. Cute purple sewing machine and accessories. I wish you many happy sewing hours with Betty Sue!

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  17. Love your purple Featherweight! And the fun accessories you've made to go with her.

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  18. love that color! mine is black and i guess will stay that way but i love her

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  19. Oh gracious, I just LOVE your purple Betty Sue! How fun is that?! You've had fun 'decking' her out, too, haven't you?! :)

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  20. SQUEAL!!!! She looks sew cute all snug in her new bag!!
    Hate to hear Betty Sue has a boo-boo :-((

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  21. Try nail polish to touch it up, it comes in a ton of colors these days so I'll bet you will find a close match. We paint Featherweights and unfortunately, if you don't use the right primer the paint can be fragile. :(

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  22. Also, I keep mine in a cooler bag instead of the case to protect the paint. Fits perfectly in a 16 can size!

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