Saturday, December 6, 2014

Introducing "Marge" A 99 Singer--and Grand Illusion Clue Two in Progress!

 Yesterday we were alerted to a vintage singer at the Chandler Savers thanks for Lori on Quiltville's Open Studio.  (There was also a Spartan in a cabinet that almost came home with us, but she was gone when we went back to get her).  She is a pretty machine and her case is in great shape!
 She came with a knee pedal which has exposed wiring and isn't attached to the plug that the machine and light plug into.  That is okay, we knew she would need to visit Mr. Sew and Vac--after the holidays though!

 I have never seen a machine with plugs like this coming off of it, I suspect she is older than our other vintage machines. 
This is her serial number--I struggled trying to look it up because I wasn't sure if that second character was a number or a letter!  I posted to QOS to ask the experts and was told by more than one person that is a zero so "G0339720" is the number.  I have used the Singer online search to find my other machines but this one was tough because of the 0/O issue.
  At first several of us thought it is a 66 made on Jan 16, 1911.  She is one of 40,000.  Then after more discussion we decided she is from Sept. 6, 1923 and is one of 10,000 and is a 99.  I did a little online research and found a fab explanation of the differences between the 66 and 99 and according to that, this is clearly a 99.  So now both Kathy and I own a 99!  So thank you to Kaycee and Limbania (and all who contributed to the discussion) I learned alot about Vintage Singers today!
Kathy is going to name her "Marge" after her mother and we cannot wait to get her running!

And in other news, I spent some time on Grand Illusion clue two tonight!  I managed to get half of everything cut and ten twosies together before packing it up for the night!
 I worked all day and was so excited to finally get home and get going on Grand Illusion Clue Two!  I did a few test blocks using the first method Bonnie posted...they turned out (much to my surprise!) so I went ahead and cut for 100 blocks.  I finished the first two sets before the wind blew right out of my sails and I realized the pictures I had been seeing all day were of I doublechecked the directions and realized I need 200 of each piece in order to make 100 blocks!
 Needless to say, there is more cutting in my future!  I did sew my singles into pairs though so I have the first ten blocks done!  Whoot, whoot!  I am taking my time and measuring, trimming if I need to, unsewing if I need to and really pressing well.  Hoping to impress Ros (my longarmer) with the back of this one.  We will see!
Tomorrow morning we go pick up the last Traditions BOM from 35th Ave. and then we are heading out to the Holiday Pet Festival at West World.  After that I am sewing with a friend so my stuff is packed up so I can continue on with clue two!
In other news, I have facebook friended and emailed a few cruisers who will be on the same trip as me in Oct. 2015!  SEW fun to get to know folks before we go and I know it will be a blast.  :) How is your mystery coming?


Julianne said...

OMG! I love your blog header with all those beautiful Bonnie Quilts! Awesome! I started clue #2 today also...made some good progress but not done yet. I also have decided to really pay attention and get my blocks perfect his time! Yours look great!

scraphappy said...

Great progress on the mystery. I love your background fabrics. I've decided just to enjoy this one vicariously, so I'll enjoy your progress from afar.

Deb A said...

I too am sitting this one out but I'll love watching your quilt grow and cheer you on. Great fabric selections. So excited for your cruise next year - shall we warn the islands you are coming? =) I did St. Martin and St. Thomas on a cruise with my sister in 96 - right after the huricanes went through. Sounds like a fun time.

Scrappy quilter said...

Great progress on your mystery.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a beautiful machine! LUCKY!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Love your new machine, and step#2 is looking great.

Roslyn said...

I am in awe of your [eh Kathy's ] new machine , I want one!! My FW is only 75 years old!
I would love a black one but have never done the work to find one.
I started on Clue#2 this evening and made two units using option number four-the strip method, I just couldn't handle all the little pieces right now!
Hope to make good progress tomorrow.