Call me Opal. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me online, I thought I would browse about a little and see the internet part of the world. It is a way I have of settling my spirit and regulating my thoughts. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before quilt shops, and lingering behind to stare at every sewing machine I meet; and especially whenever my obsession gets such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong bending of will to prevent me from deliberately pulling out my credit card, and methodically listing the pros and cons of the purchase, I account it high time to start surfing the net again. This is my substitute for a wild shopping spree. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the internet. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all women in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the internet with me. (a repurposing of Moby Dick with my most sincere apologies to Herman Melville).
I am currently obsessed. I’m sure you’re asking yourselves what are you obsessed about now? Well, a Singer Featherweight. Yep, that’s right. I have to thank my friend S for sharing this blog entry. Of course I read the blog and then I checked out the Home Shopping Network. I could feel myself begin to desire one. I *almost* went ahead and bought one thinking that it would be the modern-day version of a classic that cannot seem to be replicated. It really is quite a phenomenon, this sewing machine. Who would have thought that a small portable sewing machine made over 50 years ago would be so sought after by modern quilters? I certainly wouldn’t have thought so.
By now I’m sure you’re wondering why this machine is so popular. Well, this machine is from back in the day when Singer was on the top of their game. They made sewing machines that were the penultimate to own. Considering that these machines haven’t been made for 50 years, it’s pretty remarkable that they are still running just as well as they did when they rolled off the line. They are also small and light weight making them extremely portable and ideal for taking to quilting classes or retreats. If you’ve never seen one, take a look here. Aren’t they just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?
In case you are wondering, my main sewing machine is a Viking Platinum 770. I do love it. If you are not familiar, Viking is made by Husqvarna. I figure if they can make super durable chain saw motors, then surely they can handle a durable sewing machine.
For now I will continue my internet search, and research, until I find my Moby Dick. Perhaps that would be a good name for my Featherweight when I find one. Moby Dick. That would fit in well with my Hinterberg 17 whom I call Pirate Wench. Perhaps that also means I need to find a white one.
If you have one, leave me some comments about how much you love it. And of course, if you have one to sell leave that information too. Especially if it is a white one.