Friday, May 9, 2014

I Never Did Give Her A Name

No, I never did give her a name. Should I be ashamed? I mean, people name their cars, they name their boats and they name their property. And I would guess that people name their sewing machines. HaHa!

Did you?

Me? Nope, I never did.

She was just a simple girl.

Yes, simple and unassuming. She only had 8 different stitches.

But the old girl served me well for the last 30 years. She has been instrumental in the making of my girls clothes when they were little. She has helped me make their play clothes, appliqued tops to match their shorts and skirts, dresses for church, Easter dresses, curtains, quilts, daddy blankets, pillows and baby gifts of all kinds and we even started the second generation as she helped me start making clothes for Lidia. She was so important in my life that when Hurricane Hugo hit in 1989, she was evacuated with me.

I kid you not!

Lidia is wearing a dress that I made her mama for Easter, one year.

Daddy Blankets.
I made seven of these the year after daddy died, with a cast on my right hand. 
I cut up his old shirts to make quilts for mama and my siblings that Christmas.  


And for the next generation...a sweet pillow case dress for Lidia.

                                    However, today, I'm sad to say she has sewn her last stitch.

Broken tension knob....

Holding on by a thread.

Her tension knob has broken and would have fallen off, if not for the thread running through it.

How did it happen? I can only imagine. Most likely from transporting her back and forth to the beach. Once again, we were headed for the beach to make new curtains, when I noticed her demise. Poor thing! She will now spend Glory in a special spot of my sewing room.

So now, I am on the hunt for a new girl to replace her. So far, my first choice is a Bernina. I've heard they are a dream to sew on and with their rock solid parts, last a lifetime.

When I find The One, you'll be one of the first to know. 

Love, Peace and Stitching,


  1. I feel your commitment to your old friend. I hope your new one will be just as special. Your creations are All beautiful.

  2. I never could sew a seam to save my life, but I understand your attachment to your sewing machine. It has made more than clothes and dé made memories and it fit you like a good pair of jeans! I hope the new one serves you for 30 more great years!

    1. Thanks YaYa... I couldn't have said it better myself.

  3. oh what a great post. I have had a bernina for the past ten years and absolutely love it. I also have my momma's treadle sewing machine that she sewed all my clothes and hers for years and years. It was her mother's/ It still works by the way.

    1. CatieAn, I guess we're just kindred spirits. I learned to see on my mana's treadle sewing machine. She also made our clothes as children. And it also belonged to her mama. And, she's giving it to me. Yay! It will live in my home as a treasured heirloom. For my sewing, I'm pretty sure I'm going with the Bernina.

  4. Hi Laurie, I can only imagine how you miss your old girl. Kenmore machines are the best. My mother had one forever and it ran like a dream. It was all metal and not like so much plastic parts you see today. Love all the treasures you have made and the little dress on your grand is darling. Also the daddy quilts are amazing. What a precious memory you created with this idea.
    So enjoyed you post and I hope your new Bernina will be perfect. I heard they are wonderful machines.
    Happy Sewing.
    p.s. thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.