Singer 99 (Mostly) Reassembled

I got my Singer 99 put back together, for the most part. I ended up having to do a lot of gluing and shimming to get it to sit level in the case. So now I’m waiting for the glue to dry on the studs in back before I give it a test run. 

ImagePlease excuse the paint runs I didn’t notice until I got the machine back in the base. It’s not coming back out of there, the damn thing must weigh 30 pounds, I had to get the man involved just to get it back in. I’ll just do a quick sand and spray as soon as the weather warms up again. There’s really not much you could do to make it pretty anyway. 

I bought this machine as a back up, and it really hasn’t worked out for me. It’s a great machine and will sew everything I throw at it, but it just hasn’t been a go-to for me. I thought I’d use it when I had a free motion quilting project on my big computerized beast, but it seems I’m much too spoiled for that. Everything I need to do either seems to involve anything but a straight stitch, a larger machine bed, or both. I may take this up to our lovely second home in Iowa (crappy apartment the man is staying in for work) and leave it for when I’m up there. I’ll just have to careful about what projects I bring with me. 

In other news, I made a ton of these over the weekend..


I designed these one night and put them in my Etsy shop a few months ago. I’ve been very surprised by how many folks have been interested in them. I love giant lizards setting things on fire, but didn’t realize other people would too. 

I’m still waiting on my muslin fabric for the wedding dress.


Muslining My Wedding Dress

I got all inspired yesterday and decided to start the muslin for my wedding dress. I got out my pattern and took a look at the fabric I’d ordered, then I looked at my stash. Not a thing that would work. I couldn’t believe it, I could practically open a fabric store with everything I’ve got.

I just didn’t have anything with a similar wight and hand as the fabric I’ll use for the final dress, so I did something about it. Yes, I was forced to order more fabric. Luckily I found something I think will work, at a reasonable price.

Muslin fabric

Muslin fabric

The fabric in question.

The real dress fabric.

It’s a brocade of a similar weight and hopefully will make a dress that I can wear on other occasions without looking too much like my wedding dress.

I know I could do a quick fitting muslin out of something else, but I really want t go through all the steps of making the dress. That way I can find any little things in the construction that might give me problems. I’m picky like that.


And since I had some time, I decided to work on the case of a Singer 99 that I had purchased a few months ago. The machine itself is very nice, a crinkle finish with enough cosmetic problems to make it a very usable machine, and it sews like a pro.

crinkle 99


The case is a different story. It has just enough scratches and peeling veneer to make it very poor candidate for a careful refinishing, so I decided to just do a quick and dirty repaint.

I just sanded it enough to take paint and went for a spray can hammer-tone finish in gold, because I had the paint around. Since the paint on these machines are know as a Godzilla finish, I thought it was appropriate. I’ll try to get everything back together and post some pictures today.

I also had good access to the bottom of the machine itself and took the opportunity to clean it and oil and grease it. Good thing I did, looks like the previous owner only used oil. So my machine may run even better after I get it back together.

So the sewing day wasn’t completely wasted.

Finding Trims, Time, and Peace

Yes, I’m procrastinating, but only a little bit, I really have been busy. 

I went up to see the finance last weekend, he’s working 7 days a week right now, so most of my “sewing for time” went away with that. I did get a chance to stop by a fabric store and take a look at some trims, you know the ones I’m not sure if I’m going to use or not, and buy a couple of things. 



This is what I came up with, I think I hate them both. These just isn’t a whole lot out there in the stores I can get to. I did find one a really loved, square crystals set in sort of a square gold link, it would have been perfect, but it was gold. I really need something in a white metal. I’m almost certain I won’t end up using either of these for this project. They just don’t look nice enough. I’ll try to look around online, but I know I’m going to get overwhelmed. We”l see.

The time thing is quite another matter. I came home early yesterday morning and had to attend a friends mother’s funeral. This has become all to common. We’re all at the age we’re losing our parents, and that seems to be the only time we get together anymore. It truly sucks to be at the time of life when you try to remember which funeral was the last time you saw someone. 

I woke up this morning thinking, “I remember that person.”, as me memories of folks of my parents generation went through my head. I’m becoming like them, with all the people who have gone on being very real, not just stories of folks I don’t remember.  It makes me wonder if I’m silly to be making a wedding dress at this point in my life. But I’m going to do it anyway.


My fabric came! My fabric came!

My fabric came, and it’s just perfect. I haven’t had a chance to do a darn thing about it yet. Life’s been very busy. It’s been all lawyers, birthdays, motorcycles, and custom orders.

My Loverman turned 50 last weekend, so there was all the hoopla about that, and he bought a motorcycle (insert mid-life crisis joke here). I also had a couple of custom orders for the pincushions pictured below. They are a bit labor intensive, so between that and the ebay stuff, I get nothing else done yesterday.


Then there was the whole Craftsy situation. I have been try to purchase a class for my mother-in-law (who’s birthday was over 2 weeks ago) and have had no luck. The darn thing just wouldn’t go into my cart. When I emailed customer service, they suggested I switch to Google Chrome, I thanked them for the suggestion, but declined.

They did offer me the class for free, which was really nice, but it seems to take advantage of it, I’ll have to change my browser to Google Chrome. I’m just really not into that. I use a Mac, and an iPhone, a lot. The iCloud thing works well for me. I really don’t want another browser on my computer just for one website, it seems a grand waste of space.

The last email I received from them in a “pretend-you-are-speaking-to-a-2-year-old” tone, detailing how to install Google Chrome, kinda brought out the sarcastic beast in me. So I’m thinking that free class may be a no go.

I do like Craftsy, their content is excellent, I’ve loved every class I’ve ordered, but they are leaving a bad taste in my mouth right now, and my mother-in-law still has no class, paid for or not.

I’m hoping to get the pattern alterations on the wedding dress done today, and the muslin cut. I’m thinking I won’t have to do much more than a small bust adjustment, since the pattern isn’t much fitted below the bodice.


I’m going with current measurements. If I should lose some weight (yeah, I’m not betting on that either) before I need the dress, I can always go with the big bra option. I always lose weight in the boobs first. I’m still debating if I should just consider the muslin a future source of quilt and appliqué materials, or actually make the dress out of something I might consider wearing. I think inn the right fabric, and minus the trim (which I’m thinking about not using anyway) the lines of the dress are simple enough I could come up with something I could actually wear. I’ll have to take a look at my stash.

I Just Spent $50 a Yard for Fabric OMG

OK, it’s for a very special dress, and it’s from Mood, but I’ve never in my life spent so much.  It scares the heck out of me.

The fabric in question.Italian Pale Turquoise Abstract Brocade  and it’s godamn polyester.  I also purchased an eggshell lining at a price I usually pay for fashion fabric. Yes, I will be muslining, thank you very much.

It’s for this pattern, Burda 7112, view B.

Burda 7112I cannot wait to receive it. I’ll have to just look at it for a while, feel it, get to know it, and really build up my confidence before I cut it.

I’m still debating about the neckline trim. I’m thinking with the brocade, the dress is not going to need it. Once I get a good look at the fabric, I’m thinking I know which way I want to go.

I’m super excited about this project and may start the muslin tomorrow if I have time. Which I probably won’t. It’s my man’s birthday, and he’s going to need my attention.

Burda 7112

My Blog Doesn’t Recognize Me Anymore

I’ve been ignoring this blog way too much lately. Like a cat after you return from vacation, my blog is pretending to not even recognize me.

I promise I’ll start to pay it more attention.

Lately I’ve been working on a lot of appliqué. I started this one for my fiancée, but it turned out a bit girlie. Sooooo….

Looks pretty cool on my jacket. Sorry Marty.

Looks pretty cool on my jacket. Sorry Marty.

peace guitar patch 2

Snow Snow Snow

Class was canceled tonight due to the fact we’ve had over a foot of snow over the last few days. So I spent the day feeling a bit boxed in, and actually boxing things that I had sold from my Esty store.

kitch easter egg 2

Super Kitchy Duck Easter Egg

I posted a few new items too, mainly some estate sale finds from over the weekend.


Lefton Easter Egg

I Have Sketches

tile sketches


I have sketches, it’s a good thing, I have class tomorrow. That is, I have class if it doesn’t keep snowing for the third day in a row. We didn’t have class last week because it was snowing then too. I’m really getting tired of winter.

Anyway here are some blurry pictures of what I came up with.

tile sketches 2

I was trying to simplify the design enough that it would work for the tile and for my bathroom. I do realize that what I end up with will look nothing like this. I’m just not sure if it will end up closer to the original, or more like me.

I’ll try to file a report after class tomorrow.

Yep, Still Don’t Have Those Sketches Done Yet

I still don’t have my sketches done for my ceramics class, but I’m pretty sure the 5-9 inches of snow expected here on Thursday will cancel my class. I’ll have a bit more time and that’s good. I’m going to be busy getting a custom order for candy jar labels together today.

sydnie's labels








I really should have had those done yesterday, but I ran into problems on what should have been an easy embroidery project. The problem was, oh course, operator error. Sometimes I overcomplicate things for myself.

Actually I always overcomplicate things for myself.  I’ll get to work on that.

Getting From Here to There

Every year our local art teacher opens up her room to anyone with $40 to work with the ceramics equipment. You get 10 pounds of clay, the use of the glazes and equipment, and as much instruction as the teacher can offer in a room full of middle aged artsy types working individually. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is for me. I’ve taken it once before, without much success. So I’m going to try again.

Last time I was determined to master the pottery wheel, it mastered me. After 6 weeks of 2 hour classes, I ended up with a small bowl that looked like it had been made by a 6 year old in vacation bible school.

This year is going to be different. I hope. I’m going to be doing slab work. I think it will combine a slower more careful pace, along with having much less potential for my project flying across the room and hurting someone, and I’ll actually be making something I want and need. I’m making tiles for my bathtub backsplash.

I need these tiles because I still don’t have a bathtub backsplash after 5 years. I have the tile that will be used for the bulk of it, I’ve had that for, you guessed it, 5 years. I’ve just never quite got up the motivation to get started. All the mess and having my tub out of commission for the duration has just killed my ambition every time I have thought about getting started. But no more..

I want to make a tile collage based on this diego Rivera painting. So there’s my challenge, making this work, with my very limited skills. I’ll let you know how it goes.



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