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Old 09-11-2010, 06:39 PM   #43
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I had no idea that Airstreams and my quilting love fit so well together. Thanks for this thread! My hubby and I are working on our new-to-us Argosy Minuet which will be a perfect size for me to take on the road, girls' quilting rally bound Probably be next summer before road worthy and ready for camping. Meanwhile, I just passed on my old Sears straight stitch machine ( NOT light!) to my daughter and bought for myself a Bernina QE 440, meant to feed me into total quilting addiction. It also is NOT light, so I've read with great interest the posts that discuss light portable machines that you are using in your Airstreams, doing projects on the road. Oh, glory, I want to do this! I've talked with my quilting groupies here in mid-MO about having retreats to quilt together or even about attending the Paducah show, but now you've added the ingredient of having a quilting Airstream rally and I can't slow down my heart beat! I'll be following this thread while hunting for a small light portable machine I can take along on our trips for small quilting projects. Does anyone have the Singer Featherweight 222? I love all things vintage, and this is so appealing to read about, but I know nothing about them. Is $1000+ a real and reasonable price for one that is reconditioned and in near perfect condition? Sew (!) many questions! ~G
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Georgia $1k is way too much for any vintage machine. Like I said before, these things are really not all that rare and it does not take a good sewing machine tech hundreds of $$ to get them going again. I would not pay more than $200 for a good condition feather weight.

On my other message board addiction (www.patternreview.com) there are lots of discussions about vintage machines. They are all the rage right now and the members over there are scouting ebay and craigslist like crazy.
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I did not know the two fits so well either... but I'm liking what I see!

As for a reasonable price, I've seen them for more and some for less. It also depends on the shape of the machine especially the decals/paint. I do not have a 222 but I know they are supposedly more sought after. Reasonable price often comes down to how much you are willing to pay for it, if you can find it. Check Ebay for the actual sale price.. and good luck.

Here is a great resource for all things Featherweight.

April 1930's - A Sewing Shoppe...Singer Featherweight 222 For Sale

I have bought a few attachments from here and have always been pleased.
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You should be able to get a good quality Singer Featherweight which is the 221 (I think) for $350-500. If you love your 440, you will love the stitch on the featherweight. They are work horses and can be easily brought up to shape. Jim Sorrell in Seminole Oklahoma is a great dealer. I dealt with him by phone and internet and was not disappointed. (disclaimer: no relation or business interest) EBay is another good source, but, in my humble opinion, $1000 is way too much. My sister-in-law found a great buy at an antique mall on a centennial model featherweight and paid around $500. It was in mint condition.

Also, the featherweight only sews a straight stitch. If you require zigzag, then you are out of luck.

I use my Bernina 730 for the heavy work and machine quilting, but often take the featherweight to the Airstream, or workshops or my sister-in-law's to piece. I don't know what I love more, my Bernina, my Featherweight or my Bambi.

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Old 09-11-2010, 09:08 PM   #47
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What good information you quilting sisters are sharing. Thanks to each of you. The search is on...! ~G
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Had some fun reading this. Am no quilter (or sew'er) but love all things mechanical. My mother had two nice machines and reading at some of the above links about the 222 (and what I think I'd buy, the 401). The DW knows "how" . . but whether or not we get one it'd be me seeing to it. I do admire pre-1960 craftsmanship. The smell of sewing machine oil, the motor heat . . Milton Cross or, later, Peter Allen announcing the Metropolitan Opera (on radio) was a Saturday afternoon constant coming from my parent's bedroom as my mother worked a pattern for herself or my sisters.

I'm not surprised at having several machines!
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:58 PM   #49
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I cannot believe this thread and how it has taken off. My husband, Silverhoot, has tried to get me on this forum for over a year and finally succeeded. I can talk "quilting" anytime...we are new to the Airstream "thing" and have not taken her out yet as the renovation process takes so long...I do have one question. What do the guys do when the gals are quilting? I just had to ask...

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Hi, I'm the main sew'er in our house, and my wife doesn't quilt. But sometimes she sews and I'm the set-up person, maintenance man, the sewing machine repair man, and sewing machine problem solver / diagnoses person. I guess to answer your question; I'm on stand-by if my wife has any problems with her sewing machine.

When people ask me how I learned to sew or use a sewing machine, I tell them that I took sewing in College. This is partially true. I took an Automotive Body Shop class and one day a week we had an Upholstery class.
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hi all sister sewers count me in on a get together in paducah for the quilt show. i have always wanted to go but not with my husband. i do some quilting i am working on a grandmothers garden right now. it is easy to take along as i am doing all the flowers. almost done with them. i am using the repro '30 fabs.
i like the pix of your quilts. what fun. i need to look into the janome jem as i do not want to take my elna on the road.
i had a liberty for about 2 years but the stitches were too unreliable got rid of it.
i heard of a lady who went with her husband on the road, he was a trucker and she went with and made all sorts of quilts.
i am so happy to be part of this thread. pat
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Hi, I'm the main sew'er in our house, and my wife doesn't quilt. But sometimes she sews and I'm the set-up person, maintenance man, the sewing machine repair man, and sewing machine problem solver / diagnoses person. I guess to answer your question; I'm on stand-by if my wife has any problems with her sewing machine.

When people ask me how I learned to sew or use a sewing machine, I tell them that I took sewing in College. This is partially true. I took an Automotive Body Shop class and one day a week we had an Upholstery class.

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Dumb Question

Didn't think I would ever post this question on AS forum. Life is full of surprises.I hope someone can among the advanced seamstress/tailors can answer this for me.

I am trying to learn how to fit and make bras.I have a DD and GD that are very large busted (DD id a double H). Their bras must be custom made and are very expensive.

I have only done some small quilting projects.I have purchased a couple of books on bra making and realize how narrow the seams(1/8th inch) are and even a small deviation will affect the fit. Same as quilting pieces fitting together well. Which is probably why I have not done alot of it.I would consider my self an intermediate seamstress when it comes to dressmaking and the like using standard patterns.

So here is my question:

Would a machine that is good for making the narrow seams required for quilting be advantageous for bra making even though bras and lingerie require a fabrics with some stretchiness.? Which machine would enable someone of my skill level to get good results and not cost a fortune?

Suggestions from you more skilled ladies will be greatly appreciated.

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Also, the featherweight only sews a straight stitch. If you require zigzag, then you are out of luck.
You can get the Vintage Zig Zag Attachment. That moves the fabric. However, it costs in good shape upwards of $75 online. They can be found at antique stores and garage sales for much less. I have used one on my treadle and I really believe that for quilting a actual machine built for it's a better idea.
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i am working on a grandmothers garden right now. it is easy to take along as i am doing all the flowers. almost done with them.
I am currently (on and off for months) been hand piecing a grandmother's garden! I am using repo fabrics from the civil war era.
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I'm the set-up person, maintenance man, the sewing machine repair man, and sewing machine problem solver / diagnoses person. I guess to answer your question; I'm on stand-by if my wife has any problems with her sewing machine.
My husband is also the maintenance man, the sewing machine repair man, and occasionally (when my treadle bobbin gets dropped inside the cabinet) the bobbin rescue committee. It once ended up behind the bottom drawer of my parlor cabinet.
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This thread just begs the question:

Has anyone quilted an Airstream, quilted a cover for an Airstream, or made a quilt with Airstreams in the design?

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My sister (who is a quilter--not me) made me this for my Airstream. She even sold a few here through the classifieds. There wasn't enough demand for her to make more, so whoever got one has a classic! They were made to put on the stove cover:
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