Congrats to Earlene over at http://earlene-primitivepassion.blogspot.com/ for being the first and correct guess on "What is it?". Earlene guessed the items to be something to scale/gut fish. A little bunny will be hopping her way this week!
When visiting my 82 year old mother this afternoon, she offered me some things she had cleaned out of the cupboard including the above item. I am embarrassed to say I had to ask her what it was since I grew up watching her use it probably hundreds of times. Do you know what it is? Here is another view:
I love guessing games and mysteries, so I would like to reward the correct guess with a little bunny I made a while back in appreciation for playing along:
I'll try to publish the comments asap - thanks for visiting!
You may recall a short while back I softly ranted about my new sewing machine not having a natural "needle down position". I thought I was over the whole ordeal until I over heard my phone talking to a friend recently. Maybe now I can finally find closure. LOL! GoAnimate.com: BUNNIES? BRILLIANT! by themoonlitstitch
That's putting it lightly. She has a green hand. My sister has moved around a bit. But anywhere she lives, you can expect to walk into a "jungle" within a few months of her settling in. Right now she is forcing hyacinths, pictured above. She lives on the other side of the country, but she will send pics to me from her phone of her newest ventures in gardening. And I will drool. She can turn any yard into a magical land of trails and trellis', vines and color, chimes and whimsy. Inside, she always manages to find the right light to make things grow and thrive. But I know it's more than that. I know it's magic.
As a side note...I have been having computer troubles (insert blues guitar here) at work AND at home. I just logged on with my hubby's laptop and found out Picnik is closing down in April - I love that site! Going to try and hijack his laptop tonight to catch up on blog reading and see what everyone has been creating!
I found the bunny pattern I was looking for in my Halloween patterns! (Renegade bunny would rather be hanging out with pumpkins & black cats then chickens, lambs & easter eggs). Will be working on that one and a few of my own patterns this week.
OH...after 13 days I finally heard back from Singer Tech Support...International. They replied:
"Unfortunately there is no down position for the needle."
Whew. Glad they cleared that one up. LOL. I wonder...how would one get in touch with the actual beings who actually designed the machine? I would really like to slap ask them about this. I know, let it go, woman, let it go.
Watched the last Harry Potter movie with my daughter again last night. She's reading the books at school - they're thick, so they are worth more reading points. I have so many questions. The woman who wrote these stories amazes me. There are so many twists and turns and they all come together in the end...well, sort of. Guess I'm gonna have to renew my library card so I can start reading the books to help piece together the things that the movies couldn't fit in. I'm a sucker for mysteries and piecing them together. There's a really good, old-fashioned looking haunted house movie coming out in February called "The Lady In Black". Really want to see that one too.
I recently purchased a sheep from Lil Raggedy Angie and I'm so thrilled with it! I noticed her sheep in a giveaway last year and have had my eye on them ever since. She whipped up a whole flock of them last week and did such a great job!
Angie also sent along these wonderful little clothespin dolls that stole my heart!
Last fall I had sent Traci at York Mountain Primitives some little jack-o-laterns she asked about. Well, right around Christmastime I got a wonderful surprise when a package arrived from Traci with some of her handy-work:
A ditty-bag with cedar, wool snowman tree ornie, little santa gnome (he's been living in my kitchen on one of my roosters) and my favorite, a little pillow stitchery. I've packed away all of my Christmas decor, but couldn't put these items away, I love them so much and want to enjoy them for a while yet. They'll probably end up in my craft area to live year 'round.
My first creation with the new machine - a little wall-hanging. Want to stitch some vines and leaves on yet where the stitches didn't quite meet up. It's not a good pic - took it with the phone at night. The memory card on my camera is full and I have to save the pics to my computer, which I am putting off because there are a few hundred to go through. I am bad when it comes to pictures! I have thousands to go through on storage devices to categorize and print out. I don't know why I have such a hard time doing that. I think because a lot of times pictures make me so sad. I'm nostalgic to a fault and when I see pics of loved ones who have passed or of my daughter when she was a baby I get all sad and weepy and snotty and snorty.
Have some bunny patterns on the sewing table with muslin waiting to be traced. Floppy ear bunnies - like the one in my header (that's "Rosie", she lives in Puerto Rico now!) were my first crafts that I sewed besides playing with quilts. Love the bunnies! There is a pattern that I have been searching high and low for that I thought I purchased last spring and I cannot find it anywhere. Do you ever misplace things and go crazy trying to find them? Oh man, it's enough to make you loony!
We finally got our winter snow. It's sticking to the pine trees and is real pretty. I hope you have a good weekend and look forward to visiting...if I see a light on I might just hop up on the porch real quick to say hi or lean over the fence to ask what you've been up to!
Thanks for all of the advice and support re: my question about how to keep the needle on my new machine in the down position to pivot the fabric. This is a picture of the little diva above. She really is a beauty. My sister sure knows how to spoil her people. I ended up hand-cranking that needle down into the fabric - which I was originally afraid to do since I thought I felt more resistance than normal and didn't want to mess it up. On the old machine, you take your foot off the pedal at the right spot and the needle stays down...on this machine, you take your foot off the pedal and the needle automatically pops up.
Here is a picture of the 18 yr old machine. Never cleaned her, never oiled her, never had a problem with her. She is an old friend and I am loyal, I will keep her until it's her time to go.
I really enjoyed hearing what others create on - I think it would be inspiring/interesting to see everyone's machines or sewing tables.
Anyone out there know how to keep the needle down on a Singer Fashion Mate 5500?
My sis sent me a new machine for Christmas. It has fancy stitches and an automatic threader...holy cow...I've been sewing on a 90$ Singer for 18 years and am not familiar with these new diva machines.
It took me 3 hours to find the bobbin case. I had to search for a video on Youtube to find this out.
Now when I am stitching and want to leave the needle in the down position to lift the presser foot to turn or "pivot" the fabric on a curve or corner, the needle won't stay down! I know there has to be a way to do this, but I have searched Singer's support FAQ's, sent them the question with no response yet, Googled it, read the manual 10 times, blah blah blah.
Feel kind of stupid asking, but am so frustrated at this point I don't care!
".....under no circumstance shall you deposit your clothing in the laundry basket, hamper, or other apparatus set up by the one with ovaries to collect dirty clothing. Instead...form your own "personal" piles throughout the living environment."