I had almost picked up one of these while vacationing back in March. My wife and I took a little tour of NE Central Ohio and saw a different make up on the third floor of a nice little Millersburg antique shop. The owner advised me that it was hard to get parts for and to go with a more mainstream brand.
As fortune, or God's blessing, would have it - my mom that very week called me to let me know she'd found one through her work classifieds. And for a good price. She picked it up, I sent her some money, and this past week when we returned from a visit, I brought it home.Can you guess what it is? A foot powered Singer Sewing machine. This thing will push a steel needle through anything! (fingers too). Why am I so excited about this? My love of making things extends to anything practical, and that includes clothes, sacks, pouches - anything I can do with strong fabric, leather, woven nylon - you name it, I want to be able to make it. The fact that I won't need electricity to make it work is also very keen.
Total price, $125. I paid probably too much, but it came with two replacement belts in their original packaging, three wood casks containing a total of 6 replacement needles, the original wood box containing all the attachments and 20 or so spools of thread in various colors. This thing rocks, or will once I figure out how to replace the belt (broken) and operate it!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
A software architect by profession and maker of things by passion, Mr. Carter makes his home with his family in the Ohio wilderness. He readily shares knowledge and experiences and has interests in helping his fellow humans with basic finances and simple financial planning as well as spreading the joy of creating physical goods with practical aims. Mr. Carter can be hired for sundry needs on a sporadic, short-term basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin a conversation about your next project.