Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Featherweights


KC Quilter posted a picture of her two babies, her featherweights. Reminded me that I've got a couple of them.

I have a black anniversary featherweight, my birth year. And I've got this white one. A lady who used to be in my online quilt group called me one night and said she was bidding on a white featherweight on eBay, and did I want it. I told her I'd take it. Turns out it was in Hollywood. So I arranged with the guy to drive over and pick it up, but I didn't want to go to his house. So he left it at his mail box place near the corner of Hollywood and Vine. I had never driven there before, and got lost a couple of times getting there, but found the place. It was my adventure for the year!

Now, if you've never been to Hollywood, let me just say that Hollywood and Vine is not an area that you'd want to be caught in after dark. A lot of prostitutes and surly types. I call her "The Hussy" because she was hanging around that corner when I got her! LOL

I have never sewn a stitch on either of them. They're in the back of the hall coat closet. Jane has a place here that will go over them and fix whatever needs fixing. I should arrange to get that done. Everyone says they're fabulous machines to sew on. I just had to have them because all of my friends were getting featherweights. I'm such a pushover!

My friend, Deb, told me from day one that if I ever decided I didn't want it, that she'd take it. I was kind of feeling guilty for having these things and not wanting to use them. So I had just about decided to let her take it. You'll never guess what happened! She was driving home one day and saw a house with a huge pile of trash in front of it over by the side of the road. She saw what looked like a featherweight case. So she screeched over to the shoulder, and went trotting back to look at the case. It was a case in perfect condition, and inside was a white featherweight in perfect condition! Someone was throwing it away! Only Deb would have noticed that! LOL!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW That person did not knwo what they had throwing away a white FW.... (I have one too, but mine is black...)

Tazzie said...

Your white featherweight is just darling! I can't believe your friend found one someone was throwing away, they obviously had no idea how prized they are! My brother's workmate found one in a dumpster behind their work one day, he took it home to his wife. Jamie is kicking himself he didn't see it earlier and get it for me. I know it would have found a good home here ... but the other lady didn't have one, and it would be greedy for me to have three!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

KCQuilter said...

Ohmigosh! I love your white FW! It is so pretty (even if it is a hussy!!!). Okay, now I will have to keep telling myself that I DO NOT need another FW. But a gorgeous white one....

cher said...

I enjoy stitching on mine..and I am sure you will too if you decide to actually use one of yours! they make the neatest sound humming along.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Oh, she's pretty. A real doll. (even if she is a Hussy). Actually she's a head-turning Hussy. LOL
I have a Centennial Edition Featherweight also but I don't use mine either. Just had to have her! :-)

Suze said...

You don't need to take it anywhere. You can do this yourself. I was just given a 221 and looked up the information on line to clean it. Sews better than my new Janome.

Terri said...

I didn't know they came in white! And how lucky for your friend. I've been to Hollywood and Vine in the daytime and didn't feel safe! LOL

joyce said...

I think everyone but me has a Featherweight. I can't imagine being so lucky as to find one in the trash. And a white one too...

paula, the_quilter said...

Nope Joyce. I don't have one either. /paula

Shelina said...

WOW people throw away their sewing machines? Sounds like a domestic dispute to me. Great find though.

Laurie Ann said...

Wow, isn't that sad how folks will throw perfectly good stuff away? Too lazy to take it to goodwill, at least! I am glad she saved it.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Oh no - so much temptation with everyone showing their beautiful little FW's! So cute! And your friend must have been destined to find that machine on the side of the road - funny how things like that happen sometimes!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Judy said...

Some people are so lazy they won't even attempt to sell something..glad your friend grabbed that baby! Your FW is wonderful, I've only seen a few white ones. You really should give one a go after you get it serviced!

Karen said...

What a divine find by the side of the street, thank goodness that featherweight was rescued.