I know I promised photos of what I worked on this past week, but I still haven't unpacked that suitcase yet. The important stuff (like dirty laundry) has been dealt with, but now I need a bit to recuperate from my vacation!
So instead, I have two requests for help from you, my bloggy friends!
The first is actually for my mom. She bought some fabric a while ago (maybe as long ago as 7 years) with no plan in mind. Now she wants to use it as sashing for a quilt and doesn't have enough.
The red is a bit more brick-red than it's showing up here. Bah, computers.
She says it might be a Moda fabric, but there are no markings on the selvedge. (A friend of hers had one very similar, but a bit different in coloring that was Moda.)
She needs about 1 yard and is willing to pay a reasonable price for it if any of you out there have it in your stash and it matches.
Thank you in advance if you have it!
And second, this one for my mother-in-law...
My mother-in-law sent me home with this yesterday:
It's not for keeps, but she wants to know if it works.
Considering this baggie of parts I found when pulling it out to see if a model number or any other sort of info was on the back/bottom, I'm going to say no, it doesn't work. And based on the number of parts (mostly from the bobbin area, I believe), I'm going to guess it wasn't working before either - who pulls that many parts out of a machine that works?
It's an Elgin Model 4400F machine and that's where my knowledge ends. Anyone know anything more? The internet is a vast thing, but that makes it feel like I'm looking for a needle in a haystack!
I don't expect my MIL will ever use it (she's said as much, though if it worked, maybe she would suprize me!), but she thinks it might have belonged to her mother-in-law, so it's got sentimental value. My hubby claims to have only seen his grandma sew on a tredle machine in a cabinet, but I wonder if maybe this machine was set into the cabinet and he didn't realize what she was doing with her foot?
She doesn't want me to fix it either (which is good because my ability to fix things is severly limited - if a good whack doesn't work, I'm out of ideas!), but I might see if I can find someone who will at least give me a quote...
But you can't imagine how fast my heart was pounding when she said she had a sewing machine she wanted me to look at...all I could think was Featherweight?!?!? But for sentimental value, this one is probably worth more. :)
I do promise to get project photos soon....