It has been a while since I posted, I have been busy, and still not quite up to par.  But the good news is that next procedure (to break up the pancreatic stones) is Monday morning.    I should be able to fee the benefits of that fairly quickly 🙂 .

I have made a few new bags

And Teddy has been helping

A few of them sold already but there are some more available in my Etsy store here  https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts

Also working on a few sewing machines.       Singer W9

it sews beautifully!    It is basically a Wheeler and Wilson D9 with a few changes (they changed the bed length to fit singer cabinets and changed to a 221 bobbin)   Singer bought out the company in 1905 but continued to make this model for a few years.   They mainly bought the company to get their commercial machine technology but the D9 was a popular machine in the home machine line so they kept it.   The paint and decals are pretty bad so I might do a full repaint and new decals on this one.

and A singer 188K1

Sometimes called a commercial machine but I consider it a sort of in between.     It is bigger than my home versions but smaller than my 31-15 commercial.    It had been used with some oddball needles…they were shorter than the 16×231 needles that were called for in manuals so I had to figure out why….turns out that I had to re-set the needle bar so that the correct needles worked.      It is working fine now and it in a treadle base….I need to make a new table top for it since it really doesn’t fit properly in a commercial top or a home machine top.

Snow has been falling

I must say I could do without it 🙂   but it is pretty to look at

Happy quilting


The coneflowers are blooming away in the garden.

It inspired me to start this quilt.

I worked on it a little more

I have a lot of background quilting to go and I want to do a bit more painting.

I worked on the sewing machine top….here is the before

and after

Not perfect to be sure but I hope I look that good when I am 130.

Now I can clean up a bit and re-organize to find a good place to put it ….it sews beautifully so I do plan to use it .

Happy Quilting


Another machine!

I got another machine.   I really didn’t need the machine itself.   I already have 3 Singer 66 machines.     But the cabinet is a different story!

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The drawing-room cabinet is a model 22 from 1921.

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The machine is a back clamping machine (the feet screw on from the back rather than the side)  and needs an adapter in order to fit a quilting foot to do free motion quilting.   I ordered one but decided to put one of my other machines in it to try it out.

The one I put in is basically the same machine but can use normal feet.


The treadle works great!

Teddy is supervising.


I am on the final stretch finishing up bag orders.   I should have them all assembled on Thursday.


Happy Quilting!


Singer 66-18

What is a sewing machine hoarder to do when he goes to an antique mall and sees this for 25 dollars?


Of course I had to buy it.

I already have 2 other Singer 66 machines but this one is a newer model.    1941 based on the serial number.



The wiring is shot so I didn’t even test the motor or light.   The cabinet is painted and the paint is peeling.  I didn’t mind that because I plan to put it in one of my treadle bases.

I took off the motor and light and then took off all the plates to clean and oil it.

Here is some of the lint I got out of the bobbin area and the feed dogs.

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It really was not bad as old machines go.    I got it cleaned and it is ready to put in the treadle tomorrow for a test run.

It takes class 66 bobbins, standard low shank presser feet and standard needles so I have everything I need.

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I think I will sand and paint the cabinet….I almost left it at the store but didn’t have a screw driver to get the machine out of the cabinet.  It turns out that the cabinet is not bad at all….just the paint is ugly and peeling.   I have a few machines that I use corded and the cabinet will work for those.

I’ll let you know how it works soon

Happy Quilting



Too many?

I have been rearranging my machines so I can use them easier.    I have 5 Treadles set up

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and some machines that I switch out with those that are in the treadle bases now.

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and an electric.

Also two more electrics in cabinets upstairs and another down here that I forgot to get pictures of.

So it that too many?


I use them all…..and it is so much fun to decide which one to use for the next project…..and I love to work on them, repair and rehab…..

I am always on the look out for one I don’t have yet

It is Fall here in Lansing And I really need to get some yard work done


Teddy has been enjoying the fall weather


He keeps busy sniffing the ground to see where the squirrels have been.

Time to get to work…….that new quilt is calling me

Happy Quilting



As you know I am a bit of a vintage sewing machine nut.    I couldn’t pass this one up.

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It was a mess!     but I knew I could  save it 🙂 ….here is how I did it.

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Teddy supervised.

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I decided to piece a new top on the new machine.


I posted a picture of the fabrics a while back


The are all from the scrap table at my local quilt guild.

here is the layout of the center

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and the start of piecing


I think this one will be big stitch hand quilted….I need to look in my stash to find fabric for the edges and a border.

Happy Quilting


Sunday Updates

I am almost done with this quilt.


Borders on 3 more sides yet to finish and then binding.

I switched to the Singer 127 because it so large and easier to fit a full-sized quilt under.

I worked on a Singer 15 today  and it is running great.    I had to adjust the height of the needle bar to make it work.


It is a very pretty machine and it makes a great stitch but the harp space (distance between the needle and the pillar)  is smaller so I wont be doing a lot of free motion quilting on it.

It rained this morning but cleared up this evening so I took some more pictures of the garden. ( I added captions but not I think it is too slow)

Happy Quilting


Roses Blooming

I have some roses blooming in my garden today.

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A few warm days and everything takes off….. (click pictures to enlarge)

I got my little vegetable garden planted


And it looks like I have my work for tomorrow set.   Weeding!

I spent some time playing with a few old machines

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I put the Franklin in the treadle to give it a try.   It is running great.    Franklin was a Sears brand and this one is a nearly exact copy of the Singer 27.

A few people have asked in my last few posts about my thread.   It isn’t on the thread spool pin on the top of the machine.    I usually use a thread cone stand.    But I have also made my own for the  treadle base I made.    I have a big nail on the back of the machine that the spool or cone of thread goes on  and I have a safety pin in the window frame behind the machine that the thread goes up to and through and then it goes into the thread guide on the machine. (if you look closely you can see the thread in these pictures.


I went “Great Lakes Art Works” , a local store in Old Town that is an artist owned collaborative promoting the work of local artists.  I had to buy this seam ripper (which is so cool I feel like I need to sew something wrong so I can use it)

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It has been a long day and Teddy is ready to relax.

Happy quilting


Another Singer 127

A few days ago I posted pictures of the new White treadle machine I bought


When I went to pick it up the seller told me he had another machine if I was interested.    He wanted 20 dollars and I said yes…even before I saw it.

It is a Singer 127.  The serial number is G0542560 so that dates it to Dec 18 1923.


There were 35,000 of them in that batch.    So it is NOT a rare machine.

It had been stored in the basement of an old house and it was pretty frozen up but I knew it would be an easy fix.    Here it is before any work.


The motor and foot pedal in the case didn’t belong to that machine so I am unsure how they got there.

First I took it out of the old case and looked at the underside.


It really isn’t bad, no rust so it just needs a good cleaning to get the solidified oil off and get it moving .

I use WD-40 for that.    I spray it all over all the moving parts and let it sit.   That dissolves all the old gunk and then I can scrub it off.

I took off all the easily removable parts.


Those I put in a pan and spray with WD-40 and let them sit while I work on the machine


I also spray WD-40 into the holes where the cover plates were


After it has a few hours to sit I start to scrub.  I use an old toothbrush


That got the gunk off ….I don’t try to make it perfect and shiny new….just cleaner and freely moving.

I also spray the body of the machine to wipe it down


this takes off a lot of old dried oil and crud.    I don’t want to scrub to hard or the decals will wear off.    After a good wipe-down with WD-40 I used sewing machine oil and use my fingers and rub it into the machine to loosen any dirt without damaging the decals.


This machine was missing the needle clamp and one of the bobbin covert plates so I had to replace those (eBay to the rescue)   Then I make sure to wipe it down well to get out any residual WD-40 in the moving parts  and oil it well.

I got it all put back together and tested it out.  I did the quilting on the pink hexagon with it.


It sure runs great.   And it looks pretty 🙂

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It was a beautiful day today so I did a bit of garden work…..so much more to do!

Rain is in the forecast so I plan to do hand quilting the next few days….pictures soon
Happy Quilting



I got a bit of piecing done on the new sewing machine……starting with strip sets


and then adding some striped fabric


It makes a big block….16″….but I think the quilt will be pretty cool.

I got a fun vintage quilt top in the mail from a friend


It is going to be really great once I take it apart to individual blocks and put it back together…mistakes in the placement of the blocks are easy to make


I often leave mistakes as they are but this one will be an easy fix and I’ll post more about that when I do it .

Teddy tested it ….but he knew something was a bit off.


As you may have noticed I have been accumulating a lot of sewing machines.     I have been thinking about dong some built-in shelving to display them.    I started to add up the time it would take me to build them and more importantly the cost to do it like I want and I decided that I could live with something temporary for a while.  So I bought a few shelves.


This one has 10 machines on it and there are 4 machines in treadle bases and 4 in desks and 2 more in cases …so the total is 20..   I have another shelf to put together when the collection grows more.

I’ll post some more about the new top as soon as I get a few more blocks finished so I can show the secondary pattern.

Teddy says HI


Happy Quilting