|Singer 66 - Mine!|
|Accessories kit with 201K Manual too!|
I haven't had time to blog about it, but I went (November last year) to an Australian Sewing Guild meeting in my area. Now where have they been hiding as I have lived in this area since I was 8 so that is 42 years and sewn for 27 of those (well more if you count sewing on the Singer 66) but I had never heard of their meetings.
Anyway I went expecting about half a dozen people but there was about 35 women there, mostly older, but all doing some sewing or sewing crafty stuff and it was great. They have shared afternoon tea and also do a swap. People bring in fabric, books, magazines, patterns etc they aren't going to use and you take what you want.
I got a lovely piece of fabric that I am pretty sure is silk, a cowl neck top pattern and some magazines. I have been too busy to get back to the meetings but they are having their yearly conference in Adelaide in September and I hope I can get to it as there are some fantastic courses on offer (e.g. bra making). Anyone else heard of it or going? It has to fit with uni holidays and son going to his Dad's but I'm going to do my best.
Anyway I digress, I met a lovely lady there who, on me telling her I was looking for a Singer 66, told me she had just given one away (argh!) but she looked out for me and I got this one for $120 including some token payment for her friend delivering it. Her friend also cleaned it up a little and rubbed it over with linseed oil. I love it.I was worried as many months had passed since she got this for me that I wasn't even sure it was this model - just a treadle - but in the end I didn't care as I wanted a treadle, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The accessories have a ruffler (I didn't know that invention was so old - and looks similar to my modern one) and some other things I can't remember now. I'm trying not to touch or play with it as I have so much uni stuff that I cannot distract myself (like I am with this post!)or I won't get everything done, but who could resist