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August 19, 2008

1939 Electric White Rotary Machine

Filed under: sewing projects — by michellew @ 2:06 pm

***Update 12/2013:   Here’s a link to the manual for this machine! It seems that when searching for more info on the 1939 Electric White Rotary Machine in google, many are directed to my blog. But I know very little about the machine, as I only used it once.  So I’ve posted a link to the manual that another user posted to his site.  Hope this helps those looking for more information on their machines!  Happy Sewing!***

While we were in Vermont my mother-in-law asked if I’d make her some curtains for the guest room (the room we stay in).  So I spent some time sewing over vacation, pretty fun.  But I’ve never sewn on a machine quite like this.  This machine was Bob’s grandma’s that she apparently received in December 1939 (this was written in the handbook of course!)  I was super sceptical that the machine would still be working but plugged it in and it worked!  I had to follow the handbook to learn how to thread it and to wind the bobbin.  The strangest thing was that the needle was threaded left to right (the eye being sideways) instead of front to back.  Something to get used to for sure.  I had to replace the needle to get the machine sewing, but that was the only thing I did to it and it did wonderfully.  It didn’t have a foot pedal but a leg pedal instead.  I kind of like that better than a foot pedal actually.  I had fun doing these curtains for her and fun figuring out the machine.  How cool that it still works! Its inside this beautiful end table type piece of furniture.  I should have taken a picture of that too, oh well.  Check out this machine and of course the finished product.




August 10, 2008

Happy 4th Birthday Caleb!

Filed under: kids craftiness — by michellew @ 4:37 pm


Caleb is 4 tomorrow so we celebrated this past weekend.  We had a great time and I had so much fun making his cake!  The kids enjoyed the process too, as you can see below.  I made a small sheet cake in a lasagna pan and borrowed a friends ball cake pan and made half of a ball to go on top.  I found the baseball players at Michaels, they were a specific request from the birthday boy.  I had the hardest time getting the red icing to go red, it was pink for a VERY long time, much to Alice’s delight.  But I finally figured out you just have add a ton of the paste.  I made the icing ahead of time this year and I’m so glad that I did.  I used the wilton colors in a gel paste and they tend to get darker in the fridge overnight.  So that worked out well.  Also the darker green around the bottom was a happy accident as it ended up matching the green in the baseball players.  I found those baseball candles at a party store, will have to check out that store again in the future.  I’m sure Bob will post more birthday weekend adventures on flickr soon.  Oh and the elephant below was really pining away for a piece of birthday cake but alas he got none!  Caleb received him as a gift at his party and has been inseperable from him ever since!  Caleb set him up to eat like this while we ate dinner last night.  We gave him the orange goggles, which he loves and looks hilarious in!





August 4, 2008

Grandma Alice’s Quilt

Filed under: decorating,quilting,Uncategorized,uncraftiness — by michellew @ 11:31 am



   This quilt was a gift made for my grandma Alice by a dear friend of hers.  I think it might have been a wedding gift.  It used to lay on this same bed because I also received their guest room bedroom set.  I’m so thankful to have such a cherished possession of Alice’s.  One day I hope to pass this on to my Alice.  Now to get these guest room walls painted an actually make some real curtains!

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