Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Patchwork + Vintage = sitting pretty sewing

It's hard not to smile over the results of a recent makeover for the padded sewing bench that is original to my 1948 Singer 15-91 (lovingly known as Belle).

Fashioned from fabric from my scrap basket, the new cover is a far cry from the original dark green vinyl.

 Piecing all those fabric bits to a foundation fabric gave me the first project to make using Belle.  It was a great way to get to know my "new" machine. And. I fell in love with my vintage machine.
 She's not just a pretty face, she's straightforward and easy to operate.  Tensions are easy to set, she can use the same Schmetz needles I use on my modern machine, her bobbins hold more thread than my Janome and she sews lovely, balanced stitches, consistently.  She's just perfect for piecing! 
It seemed only right to thank my vintage beauty with a bit of modern patchwork.  Now my favourite spot to sit has a fresh and pretty new look.


  1. absolutely love it! great job.

  2. You really never stop to amaze me!! You’re so talented and clever! Love it!

  3. As Nicolette says, you really never stop amazing me! This is wow-wow wonderful!

  4. Sew cute. I love it. Belle of the Ball.

  5. That looks wonderful! It is making me think about some chairs that need new seat covers...

  6. Nicely done! The patchwork is perfect for your sewing chair. So bright and cheery!


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