Another cold, spring day. In February I would have celebrated a high of 24 degrees. Not today. I could have warmed up the sewing loft. Instead, I chose to sew inside. I need a zig zag for my current project and I wanted to use the Singer 237 in a treadle stand. I even brought the machine in from the sewing loft. Then, I realized that I don't have a treadle stand inside. Hmmm. I used to have a Singer treadle stand in the house. In my zeal to divest, I gave it, and the Red Head, away over a year ago. It's not that I don't have treadles in the house. They are all too small for the 237.
Now, I do have a treadle stand that I can bring inside that will house the 237. I probably will figure out how to do that, some day. It means that I will have to craft a new top for it and find room, somewhere. That's the bad news. The good news: I won't have to try to sell it.
Instead, since I needed a zig zag, I got out the 401A. It lives in the museum. I would have preferred to use Lila, the 158.511 but it is V E R Y H E A V Y. Steven and I put it away last weekend (it, too, lives in the museum). Lila is a lavender colored machine and is the quietest motorized machine I have ever used. It is a high shank, class fifteen, central bobbin, end loader. I love using it. SMO.
I hated to ask Steven for his help getting Lila off the shelf today. The 401 is much lighter. I opted for it.
I am making a set of Raggedy Ann dolls for a friend's daughters. M. is Peruvian and she has beautiful, dark skin. Her hair is black and she has warm, wonderful, brown eyes. I really didn't want to make pink skinned Raggedy Ann dolls, though that is the traditional doll. I found some fabric that EXACTLY matches M.s skin tone. I used brown felt for the eyes and red for the nose and mouth. I know that is pretty traditional, but it looks ok.
Oh, I guess that means it is time to go fabric shopping. What a disappointment.