Monday, January 11, 2010

A Cover for My Dream Machine

Oh, I have to tell you about the wonderful sewing machine cover I bought for my Singer Featherweight, better known as AnnieMae.  I suppose I had better introduce you to AnnieMae first.  Late last summer, my great-aunt's sewing machine and I had a falling out.  Her machine is still a marvel, but it has two speeds--full speed ahead or absolutely off.  It just wasn't working well to sew my bears.  Whenever I needed it to go slowly around a corner it would take off like it was at a race course, bouncing and hopping every which way.  And if I had to sew over a seam, it would act like a mule and stubbornly refuse.  We just weren't happy working together on teddy bears. 

So, right as I'm in the throes of this dilemma, Cathy Forcino posts a note on the Teddy Talk forum about new Featherweights she has for sale.  It was a sign!  Cathy makes beautiful bears and also sells the most amazing Featherweights---http://www.cathylynnforcino.com/.   I felt so ashamed to tell you that I had put my dear great-aunt's machine aside that I never told you about AnnieMae when I fell in love with her in the fall.

This is my love, AnnieMae, that I bought from Cathy.  She is an absolute dream machine.  She only does two things--she goes forward and she goes backward, but, boy, does she do them well!  I can "zoom" if I want or I can "putt-putt" along at the slowest pace imaginable.  And she doesn't even hesitate going over seams.  She's a wonder and a wonder deserves to be well protected with a nice cover, don't you think?

Well, I thought so, too.  So I was thrilled to find Cathi Early.  Cathi makes sewing machine covers specifically for Featherweights.  She might make other covers as well, but you would need to contact her about that.  But look how cute it is!

When Cathi makes a Featherweight sewing machine cover, she also includes a cover/sleeve for the "table" of the machine.  Cool, huh?

Can you tell that I'm absolutely thrilled with my new cover for AnnieMae?  I picked out the trim fabric to match our "art room" and sent it to Cathi who quickly made this little beauty.  If you want to contact Cathi, you can e-mail her.

Heaps of Hugs,
Cheryl

8 comments:

  1. Very nice! I love it when they think of everything and put that finishing touch like the table cover... the icing on the cake! Really lovely.

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  2. OOOH Cheryl, what a lucky, lucky lady you are. I love your AnnieMae, and her outfit.

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  3. BEAUTIFUL, I have been wanting to make a cover for my very special machine that was my Mum's, this is great inspiration. x

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  4. OOOOH and I DO feel how lucky I am! Cathi did a beautiful job on the cover and I'm very fortunate to have Miss AnnieMae. Catherine, before I found Cathi, I found a pattern specifically for a Featherweight cover. I can't remember exactly where--I think I found the same pattern in different locations. I think it was on Etsy or eBay.
    Heaps of Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  5. Wonderful! Can't wait to see the wonderful bears you will make on that beautiful machine!

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  6. Oh, how beautiful. Aren't featherweights a dream to make bears with ! Those covers are so pretty too. I have been planning to make one . I just got my embroidery machine back from the shop yesterday I may have to get to it asap :)

    Tammy

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  7. A wonderful cover and your bears are oh so sweet. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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