Sunday I was struck with a tragedy…quite literally. I was struck by the needle of my precious sewing machine. OUCH!!!!! In case you missed that I will say it again: OUCH!!!!

I’m fine, I just barely missed bone and nail, so only the fleshy part of my finger was struck. Unfortunately that did some damage to my sewing machine. She is now in the shop for repairs.

She will be receiving the full spa treatment for the next week. I know what you are thinking, “Isn’t the title of this post ‘Blessed’?”

Why yes it is! Here is how I am blessed. This week off from modern technology has given me a chance to plug in a recent amazing gift I received. Here’s the box it arrived in:

Do you know what I received yet?

Here is another picture to help you along:

Do you know yet?

Well I will tell you. One of the 2 women who inspired me to quilt, gifted me her Singer Featherweight 221 three weeks ago. I have to say that when her son (my dad’s best man and vice versa) asked me if I wanted it, I simply burst into tears. I didn’t really have words. I have admired my Grandma Irene’s quilting for years (and for that matter her son’s quilting and her daughter in-law’s too).  It was her crazy quilt that got me hooked on the idea of having to make one and she is the person who saved fabric for me for years and years to I could make one.

I fired the Featherweight up today and it sewed like a dream. I couldn’t even believe how amazing she sewed. I looked up her serial number and based on that I figured out she was manufactured in 1949. When I am 64 I hope I am working as well as this sewing machine!  Grandma Irene, thank you so much. She is being well loved and well cared for. I am anxiously awaiting the day that I can teach Anne to sew on this beautiful machine. I just can’t imagine a better one to teach her one (when the time comes of course).

I decided to work on some Half Square Triangles that will be for a tablerunner. I’m in a secret swap and this seemed like the perfect kind of project to give her a test run on.

Here they are all done. I made 40 total and while I was sewing I learned how to wind the bobbin, thread the bobbin and thread the machine. It is such a cool learning process.

So, I may have sewn my finger and busted my Janome, but on the bright side I got to sew on this incredible machine gifted to me by an amazing sewist.

Happy Tuesday!signature

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25 Responses to Blessed

  1. Ken says:

    If you didn’t, you should send a link to Mike and Kathy.

  2. Aylin-Nilya says:

    You lucky one!!! 🙂

  3. Cheryl B. says:

    You are very blessed! I am sorry that you got a needle through your finger but happy for you to able to play with your new machine.

  4. Heidi Crose says:

    Ouch is right! I’m glad you have such an awesome backup machine.

  5. Barb N says:

    What a gem! A keepsake for sure, and a power house. Glad your finger is mending, and your Bernina will be as good as new soon, too!

  6. Lisa L. says:

    This is just a gorgeous machine! I am glad that you were not hurt badly, and that your Janome will be fine soon! What a blessing indeed!

  7. Debbe says:

    You are very blessed. I’m glad you are having fun using that wonderful machine.

  8. Kathleen says:

    You definitely are blessed! What a gift! And it looks like it was well cared for all those years. It is my “dream” to one day own a featherweight. But I will have to purchase one as I don’t know anyone who owns one that might gift it to me. Have fun on this cute little workhorse.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Melissa,

    Yeeee-ouch!! Love your story about your Featherweight – so great. I bought a FW about 6 years ago, and I’ve never looked back. I use it for all my straight-stitch sewing, and it does the most beautiful job. It’s lovely black body, quiet motor, perfect stitching, and easy maintenance all combine to make me adore my hard-working friend. It’s so nice to see you realizing what an awesome machine this is – enjoy!

  10. That was SO worth the pain of the injury!
    What an amazing gift! Enjoy!

  11. Vera says:

    Your post just put a smile on my face. Enjoy!

  12. Lori Smanski says:

    Ouch, so sorry about your finger. And yet how cool to sew on this machine. Just like Vera I scrunched up my face in pain and then smiled.

  13. Adrianne says:

    Just look at that beauty and OUCH indeed!! So glad it wasn’t any worse!

  14. Kristin says:

    So amazing! My mom used to have one that looked like that but, it was mostly for display. Blessed!
    I’m bummed about your finger. Loved the pic! LOL
    Happy Sewing!

  15. BillieBee says:

    Ouch is right, but you knew right where to find your blessing.

  16. Susan says:

    I love that you looked on the blessing side. FW are great machines! I learned to sew on one – all my high school home projects were done on a 1936 model my aunt bought with insurance money from her daughter’s death. She wanted something that would keep her daughter’s presence with her and she sewed a lot. It still ran like a top in the 1960s, and I’m sure whoever has it now, it still runs well. =) I have a black one and a white one, and there is nothing so great for sewing on a binding, even on satin! I love that your Grandma Irene passed hers along to you, and even more that you value that gift.

  17. Jeifner says:

    Yeech, sorry about the finger. What a wonderful machine!

  18. Katy says:

    What a lovely gift! Yowie on the finger though o.O

  19. Michele W says:

    Grandma Irene is an amazing woman! She gave you a beautiful gift and started another generation on the path to creating quilts!

  20. Carrie P. says:

    YOu are definitely blessed!!

  21. Jacque (aka Snoodles) says:

    So, so blessed! Congratulations! (I’m jealous! LOL)

  22. CeLynn says:

    Yes,Blessed,with a wonderful new best friend and an Ouch that did not require a hospital visit!

  23. Marcia Fischer says:

    I also sewed my left index finger in my sewing machine needle. Did not even know it had happened until I started to scream in pain. The needle went through my nail bed and bone and made a L shape bend. I could not pull my finger out, and had to undo the needle from the machine in pain the whole time, and go the the hospital to have it removed. Had to have a nerve block just to have the needle cut to a straight line so they could finish putting it through. Never they said do you pull it back out the way it came in. I had to drive 45 minutes at night in the country to the nearest military hospital. OMG I did not want to sew for a week after it. But back in the game again. But always careful now. 🙂

  24. Jo says:

    Ouch indeed, I know exactly what sewing your finger is like!! But what a great machine to play with! Enjoy.

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