Sewing deadline

I am the type of person who needs a deadline to work against (which is why I just finished my taxes today.) When I have an event to get a project done for, no problem, I start early and work diligently until it is done. But in absence of any looming drop-dead date, my sewing projects just linger, and linger. So I am going to use this group to hold me accountable to finishing this project.

This piece of fabric is vintage Hawaiian print feedsack from my stash. I bought it at a flea market. The pattern isn’t vintage, but it is typical of the type of garment that might have been made from chicken linen. (I wrote an entire chapter in my graduate thesis on feedsacks.)

I am moving in just 3 weeks, and I am NOT going to pack an UFO. My goal is to have finished product before the end of April… INCLUDING doing the buttonholes (which I despise doing.)
Can I do it?

Oh, and it will be sewn on my circa 1958 Elna Supermatic (green one with knee bar), a hand-me-down from my mother. If I get this done I am going to treat myself to a NEW MACHINE (gasp!), paid for with that tax refund. Any recommendations on machines?

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  • That fabric is SO cool.

    Since you didn’t list any personal machine specifications here are my two cents:
    If you want to spend a lot of money and get a fab machine go for a Bernina.

    If you want a modern machine in a moderate price range that does the basics get a Kenmore and buy the best you can afford. Please avoid the cheap machines at discount stores. You’ll thank yourself later.

    If you want a vintage machine and don’t mind using attachments for zig zag and buttonholes get a Singer 301. The 319 is pretty sweet too and it has multiple stitch options built in. Regardless of model, a vintage Singer buttonhole attachment will make buttonhole making your new favorite technique. I promise!

  • Nice pattern choice for the feedsack fabric.

  • Cool! I have this pattern.

    Can’t recommend a machine without knowing what you want to use it for. Plus I have 3 machines. An ancient Singer that needs an overhaul but is still a very good machine, a Brother 270D that is too difficult to use and a Kenmore that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles the Brother has, had a tiny little learning curve, is easy to use and therefore gets used the most.

  • Great Fabric!

    As far as a machine is concerned, I agree with Karen – a Bernina is the go. At the Bernina shop in Sydney, they have trade-in machines which they service fully and then sell. If you have’t got a huge amount to spend then that might be something to consider. My swiss-made Bernina is almost 20 years old and is just sensational. Solid and with perfect tension no matter what fabric. The new machines have incredible features, but at rather incredible prices.


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