So, yesterday morning this parcel arrived.
It was too heavy for me to get it up the stairs (I live in a first floor flat) so I had to just keep staring at it longingly all day until Mr RTS got home from work.
Once he got home I opened the box to reveal
Isn’t it beautiful. Inside this lovely case was
She is just gorgeous. Her name is Margot (don’t know why, it just suits her). I bought her on ebay on New Year’s Day after lots of deliberation. She is a Jones Family CS and even came with the original instruction booklet (which I only discovered by accident when I picked up the case in such a way that Mr RTS could see inside it – the booklet was held to the inside of the case with a metal clip).
I blame Melissa from Fehr Trade for this purchase. She wrote this post a little while ago and said how much she loved using her vintage Singer for topstitching. I’ve been looking at vintage machines on ebay for quite a while now, but haven’t bought one because I knew that chances are I wouldn’t get it out to sew with when I have two other perfectly good, modern machines to use. I’d been looking at vintage electric machines and hadn’t really considered a hand-cranked one because, again, I didn’t think I’d use it. Then along came Melissa and tempted me. Both my modern machines are okay for topstitching, but not especially brilliant and this gave me an excuse to buy a pretty, pretty machine.
I don’t have a sewing room, and our flat is quite small so I have to be careful about bringing new things in, but Mr RTS was as keen as I was when he saw Margot on ebay (he likes beautifully engineered objects).
I had a good play with her yesterday and she sews very nicely. I still need to play around with the tensions but I got her to sew some lovely rows of test stitches last night. I was a bit worried about getting new needles for her, but luckily I found a website today that sells exactly the right ones. I also picked up some extra bobbins on ebay, and some feet, although she did come with additional feet that I will have to work out how to use.
I will mainly use her for topstitching just because I can. I also may sew the occasional garment on her because she is just so nice to use. Mr RTS and I don’t do xmas presents so this is my xmas present to myself.
Now I have to decide whether or not to keep trawling ebay for a Singer Featherweight 🙂