Jan 5, 2013
Apologies, readers: I don't usually greet you from my bed but I've been feeling a little under the weather.
Michael had the flu all last week and thankfully I didn't catch it, but I did get a much milder virus of some sort. No fever, but some thickness in my throat, a bit of coughing, that kind of thing. I've been megadosing vitamin C -- 10,000 mg. daily! -- which seems to be helping. But you'll understand why I haven't been sewing.
I did muster the energy this morning to go to the flea market, where I chanced upon an absolutely lovely Singer 128 handcrank. I didn't have my camera with me, but it looked very much like this: very clean, and the wood case was in excellent condition. The original crank was so much lovelier than the Chinese knock off I bought for my Singer 66.
You may know that the 128 is a 3/4-size machine, much like the Singer 99 or Spartan (192k) -- so cute. The seller was asking $125, which seemed fair.
But I just had to pass it by, friends. For one thing, I have a handcrank already (which, as I mentioned a few days ago, I never use). Second, the 128 is a vibrating shuttle machine and I just can't work up the energy or enthusiasm to learn how to wind one of those things. There's a reason all machines today use the standard round bobbin, right? (Although Singer sold this type of shuttle machine at least until the late Forties so presumably they stitch as well as the 15 and 66 models.)
I know many of you will commend my self-discipline and others will be shaking their heads with dismay that I could pass up such a prize. I can't please everyone! Even if I had the room for another machine -- which I don't -- this isn't the one I'd choose. It would have sat I don't know where and collected dust. I'd rather spend the money on fabric, or patterns, or on nothing at all.
In other news...can we talk taupe? Look what I found!
Had you any idea that there were so many shades of this color that, really, even calling it a color is a bit of a stretch?
Taupe shows up quite a bit in the Pantone color forecasts. It's even in Spring 2013. Or is that gray? No, I think it's taupe.
Taupe shows up on the runways occasionally too. Cheerful!
But it's most commonly found in car interiors. So if you want to look like the inside of a late-model Hyundai, wear taupe.
OK, it's time to take a nap.
Have a great day, everybody, and happy sewing!
P.S. Does anybody out there use a vibrating shuttle as their go-to sewing machine? I'm curious.