Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Okay, can't stand it any longer. I HAD to post a photo of my two beloved babies, Featherweight babies, that is! After ogling Dawn's, Judy's, and Tazzie's FWs, I had to show off my two. The one on the left I purchased from an eBay dealer and I have no history about it. The one on the right used to belong to my MIL. I do have a bit of history on it. She purchased it in the mid-thirties. I think it may have been one of the first year's models. It was the middle of the Depression and she bought it on time-payments. Due to financial circumstances, she had to miss a payment. It was repossessed!!! She was able to scrape the money together and get it "out of hock" and sewed on it for many, many years. She was a marvelous seamstress and would still be sewing if it weren't for drastic loss of eyesight in recent years. She is 94 and finally slowing down. My husband bought it from her at the going eBay rate for one in great condition. Better to buy it than face the wrath of siblings, if you know what I mean!!! I just love FWs. I think they were an engineering marvel--so reliable, so functional, so darn cute. The case MIL's was in is a wreck. Duct tape and prayers are holding it together--no photo of that one! The case I use is the one that came with the eBay purchase. It is in remarkable condition--in tact and not smelly. It is so fun to bounce from my uber-modern Bernina to my "antique" Featherweight. Both wonders of their time.