Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kitty Appliques

Found these on eBay for a few dollars and the cutting out was already done.  I think they will be cute down on the bottom corner of a quilt. 

There are two panels of these.  Yes, supposed to be door stops but I think they will work ok for an applique.  Have to figure out how to use the back piece of a cat.  Maybe embroider a face on..... it's just for fun, a kid would especially enjoy a kitty on a quilt.

eBay seller also had scrap strips and squares for a few dollars so could not pass them up.  New scraps always help freshen the old scrap pile.

My great find from last summer........... a Japanese clone "Adler".   This one was actually just a 30 min. drive to pick up.  (I used to drive over to Tucson to look at vintage machines but 70 (x2) miles is just too long a drive now).  The lady selling was downsizing and no longer sewed. It was her moms machine and she really hated to part with it.  I did not try this machine, the cord was too dried/crackled to safely plug in.  But the price was right at $45, this included the original wood cabinet.
 Bobbin case and plate cover are stashed in the little tip-out drawer.  Also included were some vintage sewing notions and matching teal blue (or is it sea-foam green?) electric scissors.

This one just looked too fun to pass up. Most of my other vintage machines are by Singer, I had never stumbled across a clone so close to home before.  Side plate reminds me of a vintage tractor grill.

She just needs a good wipe-down with sewing machine oil to look clean and purty again. The cabinet really doesn't need refinishing.  There are just a few bumps of paint (maybe from a door jam when being moved).  I can live with a few faded spots and scratches, this really is a lovely find.

Oh, don't mind the puppy........  ;-)

Flower Bed

Come on....... smile.  You know you want to.                      

  (Image found on FB).


  1. IU think that's seafoam :) I love vintage machines, but I've been downsizing my sewing room and I've vowed not to get any more, even though they're sooooooooooo pretty. And they're still functional decades later - that's why they're such awesome machines!

    What about using both sides of the cat applique, on both sides of a pillow or pillowcase? You'd need to do some basting or pinning or something to get them centered just right, but even if you were off by a little bit nobody would know :) Now that I'm picturing this in my mind I think it would be fantastic as a pillow, lol!

    1. OOPS that was I, not IU - I forgot to spellcheck :D

  2. I like your new machine! And a table, too - SCORE!!! I used to buy those printed animals and make toys for our girls when they were little. Haven't seen any in years. Yours are pretty. And yes, new additions to the scrap pile always make it more interesting to dig in there!

  3. What a great post! Fun to stop by and look in on you, to see what you are doing. Your fur babies are adorable. Lucky you to find those kitten fabric panels. Love your new sewing machine, and I hope you will tell us about your adventure restoring it. Best wishes from your friend in Wisconsin.