Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cooler Weather is Making Me Feel Like Nesting

I want to sew...

I use to be a good seamstress.
In High School I made a plaid blazer, lined with the
plaid lined up at the seams.
I could not do that now more than a man on the moon!
Oh yes...I still have that blazer!

I have been seeing every ones sewing projects,
a couple of posts on vintage buttons from my friends

here is my Grandmother's  button jar.
She and my mother neither one were much for sewing.
Now my Great Grandmother made dolls clothes for my Mom
 that I still have and her quilts.
My Mom said she hated to sew but after she retired
she made me pillows, made Heidi dog scarves for every
I had a craft table in my basement where I have
my sewing machine...graduation present circa 1977.
After my Mom died, the craft room was filled with
Rubbermaid tubs of my Mom's things, my toys etc.
Yes, I have my Easy Bake oven in the original box!
She has been gone soon 10 yrs.

I want to sew again!
So I have been purging the basement and found 
her sewing things, and material.

I have another sewing machine
My 1919 singer I purchased in 1989.
It is in perfect shape with all the original parts.
It sits in the spare bedroom which was my 
Mom's room when she came to visit.
It holds my Grandmother and Great Grandmother's 
sewing items.

the jar that holds Grandma's buttons
the manual
a box with all the attachments
And a treasured note from the 
Antique dealer I bought it off of.
how sweet is that note....
Love the Lincoln connection.

a little shelf above holds the things I found in 
Grandma's sewing box

sewing scissors that belonged to my Grandmother and Great Grandmother
ornate needle packs
advertising thimbles
and ornate thimbles
these are displayed in a shelf made from an old
yard stick

the thimble is engraved with "Nina" my Great Grandmother

Grandma sewing box
a unfinished project
maybe I should finish this for my Grandma?
I paid that much for it in 1989?

I think Mr. needs to oil up my
1977 Singer for me
The cool weather makes me want to sew with a cup of
hot cinnamon tea and a candle burning in the background.

Wish me luck!


Sweet Tea said...

I saw you at Susie's and thought I would drop by to say "Hello"! I learned to sew on my Mom's old Singer machine. I loved that machine. I was never a great seamstress, but I "gotter' done". I sewed a lot for my daughter, and shorts and pj's for my boys. Later, I made pillows and curtains for the house. I haven't sewn in a very long time. . .My Mom still has a big Button Jar.

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

I love the sewing machine and all of the sewing implements! I always love seeing old buttons in jars too.

Great post Ann!


Sweet Tea said...

I signed on to FOLLOW you, so "I'll be back!".

Rose H (UK) said...

Your post bought back such lovely memories for me too Ann. I was taught to sew a straight line on my Nan's treadle Singer sewing machine. I used to have it, but found it difficult to house so my Aunt had it. I'm afraid I have no idea what happened to it when she died. I do however have the box of fittings and instructions as they fit my electric machine.
The buttons are lovely, sadly I don't have my Nan's.
Thank you again for such a delightful post.
Rose H

Shortbread and Ginger said...

What a lovely post - how wonderful to have so many sewing bits and pieces belonging to your family.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

NanaDiana said...

Hi Ann-I am back after my blogging break and so happy to visit you again. How wonderful that you have so many things from your Mom. I go through spells of sewing and then not sewing. I love your old Singer. I have my grandmothers- it is a 1903 FREE (brand name) and it has all the parts, too. I can't tell you how many dresses and aprons she produced with that thing. She was still using it in the 1970's when she went to live with my Mom. xo Diana

SImple and Serene Living said...

I love your story and all of the wonderful things you inherited from your mom and grandmother. So nice to have found you through Sunny Simple Sunday.


Vintage Gal said...

Love all of the sewing treasures. They must mean so much to you. Oil up that machine and see what you can create. Your Gran may be with you ;-)

Protector of Vintage said...

It's nice that you have so many family sewing treasures!! Very lovely post!

Lottie said...

Your great-grandmother was beautiful! Wonderful post on sewing!

Donna said...

Love your vintage sewing machine, Ann! I've got my grandma's, and it's one of my very favorite treasures. I'm not much of a seamstress, but I actually hauled out my circa 1960's Kenmore the other day, and have been making some lavender sachets, embellished with vintage buttons. Love buttons!

Angela ~ Call Her Blessed said...


Anonymous said...

Hi Ann! You have some wonderful treasures and I love your Singer. I have my grandmother's Singer and it's almost like yours but I don't think it's that old. Love seeing all of the olden sewing things.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

What a treasure the 1919 Singer is. And the button jar and other notions that were passed down. Wonderful.

Sara said...

Oh Ann this is wonderful! Your Great Grandmother is so beautiful and looks so sweet! Good luck with the sewing! I'm sure you will have lots of fun! :)

Sue McPeak said...

This is truly a 'Sentimental Life' post. How wonderful to have so much of your Ancestors Sewing Things, and have them displayed so perfectly for sharing your special memories. I love the photo of your Great Grandmother have her thimble is a RARE and precious treasure.

Thank-you for sharing all of your Treasures and Memories. I loved seeing everything including the note that came with your Lincoln Treadle. That's a great story.

Thanks as well for mentioning CollectInTexas Gal. I look forward to your visits and comments and enjoy your blog so much...Sue

ann said...

What sewing treasures. My sister in law has her grandmother's treadle machine. I had it for long time until she got a house large enough to keep it. And she has a similar sewing basket. Vintage sewing stuff is cool. Hope you sew up something cool and share it with us.

Annesphamily said...

Your beautiful treasure of memories and all the wonderful things that go with it! How very blessed you are! I really enjoyed this precious post! Have a beautiful week!

Unknown said...

Such fun to have your grandmom's sewing notions!! And fun to get started sewing...fall is the perfect season to sew!!


Olive said...

Yes dear Ann start sewing again. You have everything right there. The vintage Singer is brilliant.

shannon i olson said...

what wonderful wonderful treasures!! I used to sew, even made my own wedding dress which my daughter will be wearing this coming Spring! Not so much any more, I say every winter I am going to do another quilt...and then I don't get it done, let alone started! Thanks for the mention!

Pam Kessler said...

Yes, you need to start sewing again. I only use my machine for crafts now, but it sounds like you actually used to know how to sew. Don't let your talent go to waste.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love all of your treasures, but that sewing machine is exquisite. Love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty