Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Singer Featherweight 221


The most surprising thing happened.

On January 12, 2014 I posted a silly little thing on Facebook where I said:

Need help from any of my sewing friends.... Will any one of you knock some sense into me and tell me to get over my obsession and unnecessary want of a vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machine? Please? I need one like I need another hole in my head but can't stop wanting one.

Later that day I got a private message from a friend offering to trade (::gulp::) a Singer Featherweight 221 for one of my quilts.

Trade.  You heard me right.

And the sweet, sweet soul that offered up this trade is my friend Elaine.  

Then on January 20, 2014 the above pictured gem was delivered to my house.

It's been sitting on my kitchen counter since Monday and it's like I don't dare touch it.  It sits there prettily and I just look at it with awe.  The awe is one part admiration of it's beauty and ninety-nine parts amazement at the generous, giving, trusting spirit of Elaine.

I've said it before and I'm going to say it again.  Quilters are the nicest people in the universe.

-dana







30 comments:

Artfulife said...

I learned on this exact same machine! You will love it!

Jacque. said...

SWEET!!!

Jackie said...

Beautiful! What a sweet friend. :)

em's scrapbag said...

What a great trade for both of you.

Lynn said...

Congratulations! I'm sure your new machine has found the perfect home!

Mad Red Hare said...

I'm so jealous! I have wanted one of these forever. Lucky you to be able to get one for trade.

Kim said...

Oh my that is beautiful, I am in the same boat as you, I want one so badly but honestly I already have two perfectly wonderful sewing machines. They are just special let's face it.
I can't wait to hear how you like sewing with it.

Love when a trade makes everyone happy :0)

Happy Sewing

Paige said...

Enjoy! Can't wait to see what you make on it!

Kristen Schubach said...

Enjoy the darling featherweight.

So tickled you have one. Now to wait and see what you see with it.

No featherweight for me but I have the 160th anniversary version.

I keep telling myself I don't need an 8th machine.....really I don't but am I listening? lol

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Quilty people are most definitely the best people :) What a beautiful machine, looks like it's in lovely condition! Can't wait to hear what you think of stitching with it!

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

wow that's super nice and a win for both of you! Will you bring it to Sew South? Can't wait to hear how you like it. :)

dolores said...

Haha... I was just thinking how much I love the one you brought to Sew South and there popped up Jennifer's comment!:)

btw....love the new header!:)

scottylover said...

How sweet! I am obsessed with them, too! They are very hard to find around here and when I do find one it is really expensive and in terrible shape. I even have hubby looking for one for me!

Lucky you!
Sandy A

amylouwho said...

I love it!! That is so awesome! I got a serger in a trade and it's one of my favorite things ever! I want one of these too - but will have to wait until we stop moving! Miss you friend!

Mama Said Sew said...

I don't know what it is about those Featherweights, but I want one too! So happy that you have such a treasure*. (*The machine and the friend.)

Dena said...

Beautiful! Just beautiful. Love the machine and am so glad you got it. What goes around comes around and you are a treasure.

Cathy said...

I just had to have one too! Daisy Marie found me last year and we are such good buddies!

Lene said...

I'm so glad you got one. Aren't they just the most delightful thing ever?!?

Sherri said...

I really want one too...and hopefully soon I will find one. But in the meantime I'm so happy for you! It looks like a wonderful machine!!!

Susan said...

Congrats and good trade! I have one just like yours, inherited it from MIL, and I've never even plugged it in, I just have it on display in the guest room, on a treadle table. They are lovely little machines!

Karen said...

I have three featherweights but I still would have traded a quilt for the fourth one.

Beth said...

quilters are the best! The Featherweight is a beauty. I hope you have lots of fun with her.

Lynne Shandley said...

Squee!
I've been wanting a treadle Singer for ages. Two days after a friend busted one up she discovered that I had been lusting after one for ages.
I couldn't believe she broke the thing up - destroyed the cabinet, everything... sigh. She could've mentioned it to me - she's tried to pass on so many other things to me!

Kar said...

How absolutely sweet!!! :)

charlotte said...

You are going to love this little beauty. I have my grandmother's and I learned to sew on it. Your quilts are well worth the trade. I think you both got a good deal. Friends are a blessing indeed.

Tollipop said...

I feel like you should name it.

Something sort of headmistress or governess-y

:)

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I AM SO JEALOUS!!Don't you love social media!!!

Did you get a case, attachments etc??

If I didn't already have one, I'd trade you quilt charms for it! LOL (They should be finished SOON!)

Corinnea said...

What a fun trade!! Have you started sewing with it yet?

Live a Colorful Life said...

You will never regret having this little gem. I have two blacks and one green. Love them all!

QuiltNut Creations said...

You both scored on this trade!!