|Custom Monogram Embroidery for My Featherweight Bag|
Both of my vintage Singer 221 Featherweight machines came with their original carrying cases, but I don't use them because: 1. They are made of wood, so they are heavy. 2. They are old and stinky. 3. They have no padding. I spent a LOT of time looking for a cute, stylish soft carrying case for my Featherweights, and the best I could find was this plain black padded nylon bag from Allbrands for $45. (It also comes in red, but it's not the perfect Singer red you want it to be -- it's more like McDonald's ketchup red). So I got the black bag, and it fits a little Featherweight machine with its power cord, foot pedal, a little case of accessories, and maybe a little bit of fabric. Functionally it was exactly what I wanted, but there was nothing exciting about it.
So today I spent a great deal of time playing in my embroidery software, looking through all of my monogram designs and experimenting with different combinations until I came up with this:
|Monogram Design Image from Bernina Sofware|
|Bette, my 1935 Singer Featherweight, with Red Reproduction Cloth Covered Cords|
The hardest part about this project was getting this wood bottomed, bulky padded canvas bag secured and supported properly for stitching. For me, the bag was inexpensive and ugly enough plain for it to be worth the risk of ruining it, but I would NOT recommend my methods for your favorite designer handbag! I tried using that adhesive stabilizer stuff that everyone recommends but this bag was so heavy that it popped apart from the stabilizer while I was attaching the bag to the machine. I had marked the center of where I wanted the design in chalk beforehand and I ended up just eyeballing that it was straight and holding the bag out of the way while my machine basted around the hoop perimeter, securing the bag to the hooped stabilizer. I got really lucky -- I think it looks pretty darned good.
|Holding the Bag Out of the Way During Stitching|
I did manage to get this done for Anders, though:
|Personalized Bible Cover for Anders|
I had a fleeting thought of monogramming the kids' backpacks as well, but I'm all embroidered out for awhile. Tomorrow, I'm going back to quilting!
UPDATED 7/19/2016: I'm linking this post with Val's Featherweight-themed Archives Linky Party today! Be sure to check out Val's post for links to even more Featherweight inspiration.