Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Steve and I are spending the winter months in Fairhope, Alabama, in our 5th wheel RV.  While it's cold down here this winter, it's much warmer than at home in Illinois, and we haven't had to shovel any snow down here.  
My sister loaned me Lucy, her Featherweight sewing machine to bring along.  I enjoyed using her so much that I began looking to buy one myself.  I found the perfect machine on Ebay, a 1936 model AE Featherweight in very good condition. The best thing about this machine is that it was located in Foley, Alabama which is about 15 miles from our RV Park.  I bid aggressively for this machine and won the auction.  When I contacted the owner about picking it up instead of having it shipped, I found that the owner worked very near our RV Park.  She brought the machine to work with her, and we completed our business in the parking lot.  The transaction could not have been easier.
After cleaning, oiling, and lubing the machine, I gave her a trial run, and she runs great!  I've named her Hope, since I got her in Fairhope, AL.  Hope and I have been busy making 3" log cabin blocks from very small scraps that I brought along with me.  So far we've made about 140 blocks, but haven't made much of a dent in the scrap bins.