Monday, May 6, 2013

PILLOW CASES, SEWING MACHINES, AND DABBLER LISTS

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The world is the work of a single thought, expressed in a thousand different ways.      unknown



I'm a pillow lover. So when I saw this pillow at an Estate Sale I snapped it up without a second thought. I knew right away that this was going to be a "keeper".  I wouldn't be selling THIS at one of our sales.  It's the natural simplicity of it that I love.




                

               The pillow case was handmade of soft cotton ticking with vintage buttons of different natural shades. How sweet is this?


                                               Here's a closer look at the cute buttons.


          I love this pillow case so much that I'm going to make some of these pillow cases myself! Maybe using red ticking with red buttons, or maybe with blue buttons.  Or yellow ticking with assorted white buttons. I'm imagining the possibilities now!

            But first a new sewing machine is needed . My sewing machine is about as old as the one below.
Any advice on good sewing machines? I'm not exactly skilled at sewing but I think I could pull off some pillows...
 I'm kind of a jack of all trades and you know what that means...a master of none! I dabble in way too many things. Over the years I've "dabbled" with the following: painting, knitting, crocheting, scherenschnitte, macrame ( back in the 70's ), sewing, pen and ink drawings, writing, card making, furniture refinishing, calligraphy, photography, just to name a few...

I guess there are even a thousand different ways to express your creativity.  I just can't make up my mind which one to "master". So for now I'll just add "pillow case making" to my dabbler list.

4 comments:

  1. That is very vintage looking and very clever!!!.

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  2. You are an excellent dabbler. You seem to always be making something fun.

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  3. Great pillow. I'm not a master sewer by any stretch of the imagination. But I can sew simple things like curtains, or pillow cases, quilts, that sort of thing. I have my grandma's sewing machine from the 1960's that still works, but I usually just use a table top Singer model that I bought at JoAnn fabrics for about $ 150.00. It's very basic, but for what I use it for, it's more than enough.

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  4. I like that pillow too! I love anything done in ticking. Takes me back to my childhood, when all pillows were made of ticking. Regarding sewing machines; there are those who swear by Pfaff and Bernina; but they are very expensive. If you are only doing crafty things I would get a nice Singer or Brother. Some features I like are: lots of nice stitch/embroidery features, a drop in bobbin, needle threader, auto-size button holes, push button operation (an option instead of presser foot), and a removable quilting base.And of course a great warranty is a must!

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