Hello Everyone. I would like to introduce you to my new friend Rosalyn. She’s a sturdy gal that’s already had a lifetime full of adventure, her most recent escapade being a journey across the pond to live with me! We share a birthday (November 7th), although she’s a fair bit older than me, having been made in 1949.
Even though I knew that my mom was going to be buying me a featherweight as a graduation gift (mostly so she had an excuse to buy one for herself at the same time ;) I still gasped with awe as I unwrapped this beautiful little black case. So plain and unprepossessing.
And yet what beautiful glory doth wait, nestled inside! (Okay, I’ve never been much of a poet. Sorry for inflicting that upon you.) But really, isn’t she gorgeous, nestled in that little black box?
My mom bought her machine (named Rosie) and my machine from Graham Forsdyke, purveyor of singer featherweights to the gentry. Isn’t that a great tagline for a business? He had quite a selection of machines that we could pick from, all thoroughly documented and described. My only request was that I got a machine with an engraved faceplate and when we found that he had one listed that shared my birthday there was no question which one would be mine! My mom picked one made the same year on Valentine’s Day :)
I did sew on Rosalyn a fair bit this summer, although I have to wait a while to share what I made. Once I got used to her, I found her to be quite pleasant to sew garments on. Since she’s a straight-stitch machine, I avoided working with knits and I went ahead and finished a bunch of seams with my serger. I’m really looking forward to piecing a quilt on her! And she will definitely find a place of honor in my sewing studio, when we eventually settle down into a home again.
Rosalyn has such a delightful purr. It’s such a mechanical sound that it really makes me think about the fact that she is a machine, she is doing work. And I can imagine generations of women, seated in front of her, doing work to clothe their families.
Several feet came with the machine and I believe my mom bought a few others (every foot she has bought for herself she has bought for me too). I hadn’t really thought about Rosalyn having so much utility, but I’m definitely going to challenge myself to get familiar with her feet so that I can take full advantage of her skills and abilities!
My only source of complaint is her foot pedal. I cannot figure out a topology for placing my foot that makes sense to me. I end up with the pedal sideways and my big toe pressing down on the button, but I know there must be a better way, right? Do any of you have a pedal like this and how do you put your foot on it!?!?