I know I told you that Mom has recently rediscovered quilting, and has once again become obsessed with it. But I don't think I've told you about her other, related obsession.... antique Singer sewing machines. Apparently many quilters think they are the bomb, and she's hopped right on the bandwagon.
When I was a baby, she inherited her grandmother's treadle machine. It wasn't in working condition, and she used it mostly as plant stand. But a few months ago, she shelled out some cash and bought a Singer Featherweight. I'm not sure how the idea came about, but I know she wanted a machine that was portable for sewing classes. Of course, being my mother... it's now become a hobby.... and I think at last count she was at eight or nine vintage machines (and we're talking about restoring her grandmother's)
In her defense... they've all either been absolute steals (Kijiji is amazing) or given to her when people find out she's a "collector".
One of those was from Dave. When I told him about Mom's new hobby, he said "Oh, there's one of those in grandma's garage..."
Next thing I knew, it was in Dave's trunk, and we were on our way up to Mom's to deliver it. It was in pretty rough shape. The machine was working, but it was filthy hadn't been used in at least 40 years or more. The table had chunks out of the veneer, and at some point, someone had decided to use it as a hobby table and it was covered in green spray paint.
So Mom pulled the machine from the table. And while she worked on cleaning and tuning it (it's pretty amazing, you can still get most of the parts for them and Mom's become quite adept at fixing them), Dave set to work on refinishing the table. When it was all back together, Mom decided that since it was Dave's great grandma's, it should really come home and live with us.
It only does straight stitch, but it does have reverse. Mom loves sewing on all of hers (as I said, she's got a couple different models) but what I really like is the table...
It also freed up my old sewing desk. It's now been repurposed for dedicated office space - much needed since I'm working from home at least three days a week now.
The studio is still on the cluttered side... I have some new shelving to put up, and quite a bit of craft supplies to sort through. But it's nice to have dedicated spaces for all facets of my work - creative and otherwise.