Thursday, August 25, 2016

Knitting on Hooks

Have you ever used a knitting machine? It has a bed of hooks that the yarn loops around. When the carriage runs over the hooks, it pushes and pulls them while running the yarn across them and forms the stitches. As much as I love hand knitting, these machines are terrific!

It's a finely tuned, complicated unit that does its job quite well. You actually can knit up a sweater in a weekend. I've done it!

Here's a swatch that I made to get into the groove of the machine. 

The center has eyelets and little cables in the center square.

I'll make a bunch of swatches and use them into a future project! I'm thinking I could even combine them with fabric for an interesting effect!

Any knitters out there? What things have you made?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Jacket in Amethyst

Summer is soon coming to an end. The daytime highs are still up there but the air is getting cooler. Perfect days for a short sleeved jacket.


Made out of a cotton/nylon blend and cotton print, it is soft and has nice drape. 
Sewn on a 1950 Singer 221 "Featherweight" sewing machine!
With the right buttons on it, this will be a useful piece in a fall wardrobe.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Vintage Sewing Machine Oil Can Addition

Do you like flea markets and antiquing? We do! It's fun to root around the tables where they have vintage sewing items and find a treasure or two!

Every now and then we'll spot the little green oil can with the red "S" on the front!


This one is totally empty, and in good, no-dent condition. Considering the size and the dirty condition, it could have been one that a repair tech used at a shop. I wish it still had the screw-top cap! If I could figure out how to refill these things, I'd use them today!

These cans have such a cool vibe. There's a few sizes and they're reasonably priced and they're fun to collect! They complete the case when you snap it into its clip holder. Kinda like having an old metal lunchbox with its matching thermos!

Do you have any original oil cans in your collection of vintage machine items? Share your pics with my Facebook group, Featherweight Skill Series or leave a comment here with a link to your picture or blog.  Now go give your machine a drink!