The Sewing Corner ... A finished Piece

I can say that sewing with a hand crank sewing machine is extremely challenging but so worth the challenge.  When using a hand crank, you are guiding your fabric with one hand and of course cranking with the other.  The funniest thing about sewing on a hand crank for me is the fact I keep wanting to do a reverse stitch and my foot keeps reaching for the foot pedal.  

One tip.... go slowly and make sure your layered pieces are pinned together.  It takes concentration to guide your fabric and crank at the same time, not to mention lots of extra patience.

My finished topper is slightly wonky on the top right, but that’s ok as it will be hidden nicely by the lamp on the chest of drawers. My first set of squares are a perfect match and the second is a tiny bit off, but all in all I am thrilled with how it turned out.


I even learned how to make a quilt binding and hand stitched it of the back side.  This quilt finishing technique will take a little extra practice and maybe an extra dose of patience, but I like how it looks.  I used a great YouTube tutorial by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Quilt Co and a YouTube tutorial by Heirloom Creations.  


I decided against hand quilting this piece as it is small and will have a few things sitting on it, so the quilting would be hidden.


So what’s next in my vintage sewing adventure ... another round of batiks that I plan to sew on one of my treadle machines.  This will be another topper and will definitely be hand quilted, and I may even add a touch of embroidery.  

July 22, 1914 (manufactured in Elizabeth, New Jersey) Singer 66

Singer 9W7

Once this project is finished I have plans of making a patriotic wall hanging for hubby’s side of the bed and one for our pantry door in the kitchen.  I bought Moda’s Mackinac Island Prints and Timeless Treasures Freedom Tonga Batiks this weekend and now I’m on the hunt for the perfect patterns. 

Do you sew on vintage machines?
If yes, what machine do you enjoy sewing on the most ?

Until next time, be creative!
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2 comments

  1. Such a lovely piece and look so pretty on your table. Thanks for the tips for Youtube videos!

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    1. Thank you so much Linda and you are so very welcome!

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