Monday, June 25, 2007

Look What I've Got!

My very friendly sewing machine mechanic found this to fit my 1963 Singer 201:
It's a walking foot! Who would have thought that a walking foot was available to fit a machine this old!! I certainly didn't but it works a treat and has made my quilting life a whole lot easier - thanks Hugh! You know my Elna died and I haven't got it fixed yet. In between deciding what to do about it the place where I was going to send it closed and all Elna business in New Zealand has been taken over by Janome. The Elna machines have been produced by the Janome factory for a long time but the businesses were still separate. At least know when I decide I can afford to get it fixed I can take into my local Janome shop and they will send it away!! In the meantime I can sew a seam, quilt with a walking foot and free-motion quilt. No fancy stitches though! A friend has loaned me her spare machine so at least I can do zigzag on that.

Sewing wise I haven't done much after the coffee moment of last week, except I have finished sewing the vine onto the second border of the raffle quilt for Cotton On Quilters. Frances finished the second corner block. Progress photos are here.


meggie said...

Hi Helen, missed you!
I have a walking foot I use on my Janome & it looks just like that one.
A shame about you Elna/
Love those applique vines, & corner blocks.

Caitlin O'Connor said...

Dedication! I love my 201 for free motion embroidery, but it had never occurred to me to seek out a walking foot for it! Good to know it's doable...

Tanya said...

I've never used a walking foot and haven't figured out how to go about buying one (I'm in Japan remember) and wondering if I'd really use it even if I had it. What do you use your walking foot for mostly? Is it really a must as some people claim?

Archaic Dome said...

I don't even know what a walking foot DOES.