Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pay It Forward

Pay It Foward

I have decided that I will do this wonderful bit of fun. Who doesn't love a surprise parcel? I know I do. 

Unless it's a bill or something like that. So here is what I am promising... I will send a surprise gift to the first three people to comment on this post. This gift will be made by me and I will send it sometime within the next year. Exactly when you will receive it will be a surprise (it will probably be a surprise to me too :-D). 

Of course there are some rules in this game. Here it goes:

Rules:1. I will make a little something for the first 3 people that comment on this post. It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).

2. To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too. Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first three people that comment on your blog post.

3. You must have a blog.

4. After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love. If you haven't posted in 48 hours then the next commentor will be chosen.

I don't know if three people will even get around to commenting on this, but I will say that if you find this post 6 months from now and only 2 people have left a comment, you can still be commenter #3 and get a random goodie from me! When you comment, I'll email you and get your address and then you will get something from me sometime before next December.

Friday, October 7, 2011

What's My Blog Name and Why

It just popped into my head as I was pondering what to call my new blog! I wasn't sure about it at first because I'm a newbie quilter, and really can't claim lots of experience or huge amounts of time devoted to quilting. But I do quilt, so I guess I do qualify as quilty. And hopefully, I'll grow into the name with time. I do enjoy making quilts. :)

Check out the linky at to read about the stories behind more blog names. :)

Giveaway at Hilachas

Ends October 15

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My "Other" Blog...

Just wanted to let you know that if you're interesting in giveaways not related to quilting, I have another blog called Just Have To Tell You... where I post about them.   


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Giveaway at Sew Fabulous

Ends Sept. 30

Giveaway Winner

Thanks to all who entered my giveaway by suggesting a name for my "new" sewing machine, a Singer 401J. I've decided to go with....


               suggested by Mimi. The name just seemed to fit! Mimi - if you could kindly e-mail me your mailing address, I'll get a little something in the mail for you. :)

I've recently found out that Stella was made in 1951 or 1952, making her about 60 years old! Most people would have retirement on their minds at that age, but my Stella is still going strong. I hope to get many years of work out of her yet, but be assured that I'll treat her kindly! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In Case You Missed It ...

I'm having a giveaway. :)

Help me name my "new" Singer 401, circa 1958 or thereabouts. Leave me your suggestions in a comment on this post. Feel free to suggest more than one name in one or multiple comments - it doesn't matter. I can't wait to go shopping for the prize - it will be a surprise (right now it's even a surprise for me... haven't decided what I'm giving away yet!). I'll leave it open until August 31. 

I've had fun the past few days, trying her different stitches and playing around with tension, etc. I'm really glad it came with a manual - I'd be lost without it! The manual for my newer Singer 2210 (about 20 years old) says nothing about adjusting bobbin tension, so I've never done that before. Anyhoo... I'm very glad to have found this 401. Some consider it the best machine Singer ever made. 

Remember - don't comment on this post, but here.



Giveaway at Just One More Stitch

Ends August 28

Friday, August 19, 2011

Giveaway at Green Fairy Quilts


Giveaway at Jackie's Art Quilts

Ends August 26

Giveaway at Lily Pad Quilting

Ends August 25

I'm very pleased to introduce...

... my "new" Singer 401 sewing machine!

(Giveaway at the end of this post.)

I've been reading a lot lately about these very durable machines that were made in the 50's. (See: They were the top of the line back then, and in today's money would have cost $2,600. After having some trouble with my Singer 2210, I began looking around for a 401 on E*bay and Craigs*list. A well looked-after machine can sell for hundreds on E*bay. I put a wanted ad online locally, and got a couple of responses. 

Yesterday we went to look at this one. They were asking $50. I don't think the family wanted us inside their home, as the machine was plugged in with an extension cord and demonstrated on the threshold of their front door! But the owner, who seemed about 20 years old, was quite nice and pleasant. She had no needle, so I had no way of seeing stitch quality, but the motor sounded good, and she said it stitched well and that it had belonged to her grandfather. She mentioned a little problem with the bobbin thread, which she thought could be fixed "with a little tune-up". Though a bit of a risky purchase, it seemed too good to pass up, so the transaction was made. Included: manual, cord, foot pedal, box of 5 cams, 5 bobbins, tools, another throat plate, and several different feet. I was pleased as punch and couldn't wait to get home to try it out. 

Once we got home, I gave it a little cleaning - it it was already quite clean. No visible "gunk" anywhere inside that I could see, and very little dust. Only very light surface scratches. Even the light works. The needles from my other Singer fit, so I put one in, threaded the machine, and eagerly tried stitching. Not good. I soon realized I forgot one step in threading it. Much better! Then the bobbin issue became apparent. I decided I should oil it, so spent some time doing that and tried stitching again. Stitching was even better - and after fiddling around with bobbin tension, straight stitching and zig zag look almost perfect. Tried a few decorative stitches, and they look quite good, so I think it will be just fine. I may contact the other person who responded to my ad. He services old Singers and had mentioned that if I found a different machine, he could take care of it for me. I'd like to have him look it over and check everything. I think there may be a little problem with the foot pedal, because sometimes it doesn't seem to want to "go" when I press the button on the pedal, and then all of a sudden it races forward. Also - one of the dials for the decorative stitches is hard to move so maybe he could fix that for me. And I think it may be dirty between the tension disks; I don't want to take that apart myself. I don't have any lubricant either - according to the manual, the gears should be lubed now and then.

All in all, I'm pretty thrilled about this purchase. :)

And now... for those who have stayed with me thus far... I need to name this old girl. I'm taking submissions from my followers. If one of you can come up with a name that I love, I'll throw together a little something for you as a thank you gift. This is for followers only - all 62 of you (hee hee). Open to US and Canada only. This will be my very first giveaway. I'll make a decision at the end of the month. Have fun!