There is a chance that in the near future Mr RTS and I will have a quite a lot less disposable income. I suspect that a sensible person would see a need to save before that happens – I see it as a “must buy things now” situation (we do have some savings).
I have recently been buying up my Amazon wish-list, and trawling the net for a couple of things that I absolutely in no way need, but really, really want. And I have bought them.
First up is a Singer 99K hand-crank.
I know that I have Margot but the problem with her is that she has a cylinder shuttle bobbin for which her winder doesn’t work properly and the bobbin holds very little thread. She is beautiful, but slightly impractical. The 99k above has a round bobbin and works perfectly. If you read my last post, I completely sewed the muslin for the twisty dress on this machine.
Next up is a Singer 221K Featherweight. This has been on my wishlist forever although I have no idea why – I think that answer is “I want one because I want one”. I will admit that I had absolutely no idea how cute they are. It’s a teeny-tiny machine. I suspect you are used to seeing one in a photo all by itself, like this:
I’ve seen a bazillion photos of the Featherweight but never really appreciated just how tiny it is. Here is a photo of one next to my Janome TXL607.
The Featherweight (or 221, 222) is teeny. It does, however, sew brilliantly (if you buy a good one). I have been meaning to sew dolls’ clothes (I have dolls, and books, and patterns) and I really like the idea of sewing tiny clothes on a tiny machine.
If you do ever buy one of the above machines, or any old Singer, then you must read http://oldsingersewingmachineblog.com/. Sid, the writer on the blog, really knows his stuff, and can be incredibly helpful if you are looking for odd bits and bobs. I have a buttonholer and a zigzagger on their way to me from him at a very good price. That is also something that was new to me – a straight-stitch machine can do a zig-zag with the right attachment – it moves the fabric side to side – I never knew.
Last up is the silliest purchase I have made. It only cost me a few quid.
This machine was made in Japan but sold from a shop (J.J. & J. Read’s) that used to be less than a mile from my home. My mum’s sewing machine when I was growing up was a Read’s (as I discovered after buying one) and so was Mr RTS’s mum’s machine.
I bought it from the original owner (who I guess bought it in the 50s) and now it’s been oiled it is so much quieter than my Janome. I paid £500 for my Janome (and it does a lot, most of which I don’t use – and it has an annoying whine that apparently only I can hear!) and £15.00 for the Read’s – which probably does 99% of what I really need when I sew.
So now I have another decision each time I want to sew. It used to be which pattern with which fabric. Now it’s which fabric with which pattern with which machine :).