Saturday, August 24, 2013

What's in the box?

Singer Model 15-90, built 1948-1954

This old box has been sitting here for a little while. I bought it at a second hand store I think 2 years ago, stuck it in the corner and went on to other stuff. But as I started packing to go home yesterday, (yes, a bit early but oh well) I pulled it out for a closer look.

Singer Model 15-90, built 1948-1954

She is a Singer Model 15-90 sewing machine. The internet helped me identify her model number (go here) and it told me that she was built between 1948 and 1954.

Singer Model 15-90, built 1948-1954

I knew from the information on her motor that she was built in the Canadian Singer factory that was in St. John's, Newfoundland. It operated from 1904 to the 1960's and was huge.

Singer Model 15-90, built 1948-1954

I am taking her home. This model can drop her feed dogs and free motion quilt, I gather. First a cleaning and tune up are in order and I will order her some new parts. Very exciting.

Crabapple Jelly

I have been making blackberry jam and crabapple jelly. In fact I posted an instagram tutorial of sorts on how to make the crabapple jelly a faster way (go here and look through the photos). This method - and all my jam recipes too - is courtesy of my daughter Rebecca, who is an inspired cook.

Jam, packed to go home

There are the cases of jam and jelly, packed and ready to go. The car, with my guy and my kids, is off tomorrow morning, I fly out the next day. Not even a SUV is big enough for all of us, the dog, and the stuff (especially when you add a lot of fabric, jam and a sewing machine). I will spend the day cleaning up and putting the house mostly to bed for the fall, although we hope to pop in out here a few times before the end of the year.

Arrows for Megan

And sewing, well with the decision to go back a week early, my attention turned to harvesting and packing, and being outdoors. I did get Megan's bee blocks off, she asked for arrows of any kind so I just keep making arrows until I had used all the fabric. It was far easier than I expected to make these, and they were fun too.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Best,

Leanne

28 comments:

anyadahab said...

I love the arrows. They look like so much fun.

Gale, Ky quilter said...

Oh my! That Singer sewing machine is a find! I would love to own one someday. So glad you are taking it home with you.

Patchwork and Play said...

The Singer machine is just like what my mother sewed on most of her life! Your jelly looks delicious! Safe trip home!

Marci Girl said...

What a beauty sewing machine she is! I recently inherited my grandmother-in-law's Singer 15-91, which is almost identical to yours except it is set into a cabinet. My hubs did basic cleaning so I need to go through her with more TLC and clean her up, but I plan to FMQ on mine! I actually just ordered a great FMQ foot for mine, so if yours doesn't have one, let me know and I'll let you know where I got mine from! Enjoy and safe trip home Leanne!

Debbie said...

What a sweet little machine! I have my grandma's singer but don't really know her history...guess I should research that! Good luck as you all head home!

Sarah said...

Looks like you had a good harvest! I really like those little arrow blocks too, they look like fun. Sorry you are heading back a little early but hope you have enjoyed your island time.

Sarah said...

I meant to say that your Singer is soooo nice. Hope you get her purring away nicely soon.

Debbie said...

Just looked and mine is a 15-91, circa 1940's and I DO have the original manual etc. cool.......Thanks for those links, Leanne.

OPQuilt said...

Looks like you've had a lovely month off at the island, and are now ready to go back to work? I loved the photo of the arrows--need to get mine posted up--and the stacks and stack of jam, plus a wee machine to take home as a "souvenir."
Happy End of Summer!

Judith said...

Love your "new" sewing machine. I have a couple of old singers--a 15-91 and a featherweight--and I love them both. And, it seems as if the more you use them, the better they sew. Fantastic piecing machines. I'm curious about the crabapples you used for you jelly. I've lived on the west coast for 15 years now, and I've never been able to find them. I do miss crabapple jelly.

elle said...

A change is as good as a rest! my, yours was brief! Great arrows!

Nicole said...

Congrats on the "new" machine! I hear those Singers stitch beautifully! Enjoy!

diane said...

That seems like the time went really fast this time at your summer home. You sure did get a lot if canning and jamming done as well as sewing those lovely bee blocks. Safe trip home!

leanne said...

great machine - I'm glad you're taking her home with you - love the look of that jam and fabulous arrow blocks - hope you had fun at the beach even though it was short!

Charlotte said...

gorgeous machine!

Charlotte said...

gorgeous machine!

MariQuilts said...

Home already!! Where does the time go....fabulous machine.

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Beautiful machine! And love your arrows.

pennydog said...

Safe journey home!

quiltswithpersonality said...

Fabulous machine. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Love those arrows - what a great idea. A safe journey home to everyone.

FlourishingPalms said...

You're definitely multi-talented! I can't imagine going to the effort of making jams and jellies - never eat them myself, but only because I don't eat bread. Love those arrow blocks. Megan's idea for an arrow quilt is inspired. Such a creative idea. Have safe travels. I'm heading out myself, to visit grandies for two weeks.

akainik said...

Love that vintage machine!!! <3

nhager said...

I love crabapple jelly but you can't find crabapples in the PNW. So I am envious of the fact that you were able to make some.
My daughter has a machine much like that...she traded a quilt for it.

Mary said...

You sound very relaxed after your time away. I hope you get to come back a time or two through the fall. Safe travels.

Nilya said...

What a fantastic machine. So curious about how she sews :)

Katy Cameron said...

Have fun with your newly rediscovered toy! That is a lot of jams and jellies too, you're going to have the best dressed toast in Canada this year!

Jessica Hadden said...

Love your arrows! And all arrows point to that Singer as a BEAUTY!

Anne said...

Glad to know how to look up info on old Singers as I have my MIL's. I know she used it a lot so perhaps I ought to get it out and give it a try,