I finally trained it down to Rain's place yesterday and, wouldn't you know I forgot to bring my camera again -- rats! The best way to describe Rain's loft is to picture Santa's workshop if he only made sewing machines and employed just one short Korean elf. There are vintage Singer sewing machines and sewing machine tables in every nook and cranny (Rain is strictly a Singer man), many of which are in the process of being restored. Featherweight cases (with Featherweights in them) line the stairs to his sleeping loft. It's all very industrial-chic.
If you haven't visited Rain's Vintage Singer blog lately, please do; it's a great new resource for vintage sewing machine aficionados.
Of course the 201, once the top-of-the-line Singer, is a fantastic sewing machine. This one dates from 1940 and Rain restored it beautifully. Like the 15-91 it is gear-driven, and has the familiar "potted" motor. It's smooth as silk to sew with, quiet, and extremely powerful. I already used it to work on my BurdaStyle halter dress, which I hope to finish today so that it's ready for Leah to try on one last time tomorrow.
I stitched the last bit of boning to the edge of the invisible zipper, and then stitched the bodice lining on.
I think it turned out quite nicely.
I have to finish stitching the lining down and then will start hemming. Eventually I'll add a waist stay and then there's also that bodice trim to add along the top. I am looking forward to putting this project behind me, friends! Eventually we'll do a big photo shoot, probably some time next week.
As for decluttering, that may have to wait till tomorrow. Or Friday. We're away on Saturday, so by the very latest Sunday. Actually, I think next week would work perfectly. Definitely this month.