January 24, 2015

Well, we're comin' up on my first year anniversary of cellar sewin'.

 

I'm startin' the New Year with some new bags.

 

Livin' at the top of a mountain, smack-dab in the middle of the Berkshire Hills, I christened the small waxed canvas tote with the English Bridle Leather...

February 19, 2014

 

 

It’s pretty daunting, trying to try to determine what type of industrial sewing machine you need, where the heck you’re going to find it and how the heck you’re going to pay for it.

 

All the time, keeping in mind that quality used industrial sewing machines are usuall...

January 31, 2014

With a new machine(for me), new canvas, time to make some new bags.  

 

My Adler, with its Servo motor sews like a quiet freight train. The only sound it makes is the needle punching through the canvas.

 

Have to do everything by eye, so, as with target shooting, you have...

January 6, 2014

 

 

 

I’ve had a hankerin’ to expand my realm of creating useful products. 

 

Growin' up in a large family, in the late 50’s, my mother used what we called her “coal bag” for haulin’ around all of the stuff required to accommodate five young boys. 

 

Almost 60 years later, I...

December 14, 2013

 

My new 1952 Singer has been working great. It’s not too fond of the plastic feed bags, but I’m not sure what machine would be.

 

The 15-91 is a highly respected model, particularly in the realm of quilters and vintage Singer enthusiasts.  It was known as the “Farmer’s W...

November 19, 2013

With two horses to feed, I found myself with a mountain of feed bags piling up in the barn and garage - not being able to merely throw them away. 

 

Since feed bags went from paper to woven plastic, I could no longer use them for recycling. 

 

I figured that I would transf...

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