It’s no secret that I love using vintage straight stitch machines when piecing, and I already had three such machines (two 301s and a Featherweight) in my “herd.” I just think these old machines produce a very pretty straight stitch, and with their narrower feed dogs I get better quarter-inch seams. Recently Bonnie Hunter started touting the virtues of the old Singer 404s, so when I had an opportunity to acquire one at a reasonable cost Friday, I caved. Here she is.
She sews fast and has lots of power. I really like the way she handles and was pleasantly surprised to see that, like the 301 and Featherweight, she has an aluminum body making her lighter than the all steel machines. What I like best about her is that her bobbins hold more thread than my Featherweight or 301’s bobbins. And I wasn’t entirely bad; I worked a trade for the 301 that I didn’t use, so at least the herd didn’t grow. I think I’ll leave this one at the “Club House.”
Between my Tuesday regular sewing with friends day, the monthly applique gathering and a last minute decision to join in on the group Friday, I had the fun of sewing with quilting friends three times last week. Good thing. I’m to report for jury duty early Monday morning and may not have an opportunity to join the fun this week. We’ll see. I kept hoping that all pending cases would plea bargain out, but the message at the call in center said we had to come in.