Saturday, July 31, 2010

In Case You Were Wondering

This is how you fit ten sewing machines in a 10'x12' room:

On top of the bookcase.

On every level surface, under the desk, and inside the cabinet.

And lined up along the wall with the extension tables removed to conserve space.

Oh, and I did say ten. I know last week it was nine, but this week it is ten. This is number ten:

She's a 1955 Singer 201, often called the finest machine Singer ever made. I can't attest to that, since I haven't tried every--or even most--machines Singer ever made, but she is a beauty. She has a "potted motor", which means that she is gear-driven. No belt to stretch or wear out and she's very quiet. Not nearly as powerful as my Pfaffs, but definitely an elegant lady. Once again (sorry, Kat!) $25 on craigslist, with the art deco cabinet. Yes, I am aware that I am approaching crazy cat lady territory with the sewing machines, but when they fall into my lap for less than the cost of a skein of sock yarn, what's a sewing machine enthusiast to do?

20 comments:

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Oh my goodness! One neat looking room, love the yarn storage and two - look at all those cool machines!!!!!

I have one, but never use it, as I break it every time...

Steph said...

Haha! Ten machines! Next time my hubby makes any comments about what I have, I'm going to point him straight here. I hope you have been having fun using those machines!

janet said...

Looks like a sweat shop to me. All you need are some Mexican women sewing dog clothes and you're in business.

Life's a Stitch said...

Everyone has her weakness ;-) Some items larger than others.

I bought an old singer when I was young, for the cabinet. I wanted to use it as a TV stand and I threw out the machine! When I think about that now...

Lydee said...

awesome!

sophanne said...

You may not have tried all to know if she's the finest but I'm guessing you're much closer than the rest of us. I thought you were still at 7. Criminy.

marit said...

She IS a beauty!

But I wonder: How on earth do you manage to keep that room so neat and tidy??? I have to dive in and dig my way through to get from the door to the sewingmachine...my livingroomfloor is full of fabrics right now,(I'm cutting out shirt,jacket,trousers and skirt, the plan is to start sewing tomorrow...so the floor is being used as a cutting board. Can you tell hubby is not home at the moment...;-D)because there is no room in my work room!

Knitting Diva said...

I love your sewing machine collection. You are becoming quite the expert.

Where the nodding violets grow said...

Wow what a great room. My nan had an old sewing machine that she turned by hand. She said it was the best machine she ever had. I love the yarn shelves.

Jean Baardsen said...

How about a baker's dozen? You just have three more to go. :o)

joan said...

The latest one is identical to the one I have from the Bridal shop I used to help run. It sews through anything!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I love your room full of awesome machines!

Fibra Artysta said...

Don't take this the wrong way but I giggled my butt off when I saw this!

Its wonderful! :)

MOONSTITCHES said...

That's some room... :)

Romi said...

OMG! Where do you find these machines?! They're wonderful. My mother had an old Singer and I learned to sew on it.

Renee said...

great room and sewing machines!

Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli said...

I've not visited in a very long time but last I was here you had one machine (I think). Excellent collection. And $25, how can you say no.

Sandra said...

Love the sewing machines, like you, I have ten...at last count. I'm getting ready to post about a shop in London that has +1,300...amazing.
All my work and all are in use at various times throughout the year. The treadle is being used to make a quilt which will be hand finished...fun!

Sharon said...

Couldn't help but notice your yarn stash is organized by color. In order to locate anything in my stash, I have to move several bags and bins. I feel so inadequate ;)

Michelle said...

I LOVE your sewing room, and all your sewing machines.