Then again.......... I thought I might just keep an eye out for one. After all, I have friends whose husbands have found them at garage sales for $50. I've even heard of gals who have been so lucky as to find one along the side of the road piled up in someone's cast offs. I could handle a deal like that! So, I put the word out to my quilty friends, and in no time at all I became the proud owner of my very own, brand new, really old Singer 221 Featherweight. I took it out of its cute little carrying case and looked at it after I got it home in September of 2007. Then, because I like to be shown how to do things when I am learning something new (and because I am a real scaredy-cat!) there it sat. Ignored. Neglected. Forgotten.
I also learned a lot about my particular machine. Based on the serial number mine was made between 1935 and 1938. It has a very beautiful Egyptian scrollwork faceplate.......
It really does sew a beautiful stitch. I wanted to do some serious sewing on it, but I felt like I should make a 1930's era quilt block. I felt like I needed to only sew on 1930's reproduction fabrics with it. I felt...........Well, I felt hungry! So we went out for lunch and had a really good visit.
I guess the main thing is that I finally bonded with my Featherweight, and now I am looking forward to sewing on it, even if I have to use those batiks I love so much!