Last night, while I was soundly sleeping, my computer was working for me and won the auction for the last machine I’m actively shopping for.
And, Rebecca was right. I was not sharing because I didn’t want the competition. But, now I can tell.
I won a “Two-Spool” sewing machine, made by the National sewing machine company. Remember that National made my Natalie.
The new machine looks very similar. Except Natalie was built to be motorized and the two spool was built as a treadle, so the hand wheel is bigger. The two spool has more complex decals, but they’re in pretty sad shape.
I didn’t buy the new machine for her looks, tho. I bought it because the bobbin is not just a bobbin. The bottom thread is a whole spool of thread that fits into a canister about the size of a 35MM film canister. You can sew forever. And, if you put the same size spool on top, running out of bottom thread won’t be a surprise.
This morning, while I was hunting for an owner’s manual, I found this video. This lady has the same machine (except hers is in a gorgeous parlor cabinet). Her decals are in a little bit better shape than mine will be. But, she does a great job of showing how the machine works. And, if you watch to the end, you’ll see that she and I want to do the same thing…FMQ. She’s trying to figure out an FMQ foot and so am I. She also talks about why the experts say that no other manufacturer tried this.
I guess I’ll be reaching out to her to see if she’s figured it out yet. Has anybody ever seen a Greist darning foot? I’ve looked for one for a while and never found it. So, I’ve got the old noodle working on converting some other foot.
But, that’s a long time away. In the meantime, I’ll need kerosene and rust remover and a polishing wheel and…eventually an electric motor and a cabinet. But, that’s a really, really long time away.
When she gets here, I’ll show you the pictures and you’ll see why.
I got the machine for the minimum price it was listed for. I guess nobody else wanted to do the work…or they knew it couldn’t be done or wasn’t worth it. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.
I am pumped.
Sunday is Rob’s birthday. The only thing he’s asked for is a carrot cake. Sydney is excited to try her hand at that.
Be well and have a great Friday! Lane