Number 10 – is it a 48 or a 51?

Last weekend ended with a huge win.  Of the two ads that responded to me, the machine we looked at last came home with us.  The picture below is what I saw in the ad. If you squint really hard, you can make out that it’s a model 15, but the picture isn’t giving a lot more than that away.   The bentwood case though caught my attention.  Continue reading Number 10 – is it a 48 or a 51?

Thrift stores aren’t thrifty anymore,.. and buyer be very wary.

My earlier post today brings me to two things I’ve been noticing lately.  Thrift stores really aren’t thrifty anymore. Depending on what you buy there, they may be dangerous as well.

They appear to be setting their prices based on the asking prices on e-bay.

As for e-bay pricing lately…. don’t get me started.  Continue reading Thrift stores aren’t thrifty anymore,.. and buyer be very wary.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t.

The sewing machine hunt last week started with the loss of a machine. I had answered probably a half dozen ads in the local buy and sell.

2 of them responded.

The seller of the first one was a thrift shop, and had only posted a picture of the back of the machine and called it a singer antique sewing machine. In the picture, there was a price tag that said $150, but i didn’t know if that was current. I emailed looking for the model or serial number and a price.

Looking at the picture, it appeared to be a 3/4 machine with a beige and red carry case.

My guess was a 99 or similar.

The reply was that they couldn’t find a model number, the price was $50, and we should come see it.

Continue reading Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t.

Introductions to our sewing machine family, Part 2

See Part One here

Fast forward now to the Wild Rose Antique Show 2012.  Going in, I recall muttering to Ryan that if we were going to pay that much for admission and parking, that I was going to have to spend a lot of money to make it worth it.

Ah.  Prophecy.

Continue reading Introductions to our sewing machine family, Part 2

Introductions to our sewing machine family, Part 1

It should never have happened really.

See, when I was turning 10 years old, I asked for a bike for my birthday.  When the day came around, the wrapped box looked suspiciously small to be a bike.

I got a sewing machine.  For my 10th birthday.  The relationship with that machine was doomed from the start really.

Singer 290C
Singer 290C circa 1984 – Machine with an identity crisis. It’s not quite a stylist, and it’s not quite a Touch and Sew. (Yes, I still have it, but one day I will put it on ebay or Kijiji and make room for another machine.)

Continue reading Introductions to our sewing machine family, Part 1

Step Away from the Glue Gun and no one has to get hurt…..tales of our renovations

Originally Published 2009.

Today marks my first day of freedom from my contract, and the first day of a medium sized reno to the house.The plan?

Finish painting – only the Master bed and bathroom and main bathroom are currently finished.
Finish Flooring – Maple hardwood installed last Dec, but we still have the front entrance, the kitchen and the bathroom to do.
Tile the backsplash  in the kitchen
Tile the kitchen counters
Paint the cupboards – some people should have to take a taste test before they’re allowed to paint a house!!

Continue reading Step Away from the Glue Gun and no one has to get hurt…..tales of our renovations

Have you got your “CycleVision” on?


How Many Motorcycles Have YOU Seen Today?


. . . . LOOK AGAIN !


More motorcycles are on the road today than ever before. The predominate cause of crashes is the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic. To avoid crashes and reduce injuries and fatalities, motorists should pay special attention to people riding motorcycles. This special attention starts with an awareness of motorcycles, an understanding of what to expect from motorcycles, and knowledge of where most crashes are likely to occur.

Facts About Motorcycles:

The diversity of the motorcycling community is reflective of the general population. The rider you see on the road may be a teacher, welder, secretary, doctor, etc. Motorcyclists are often your relatives, friends, and neighbors.

In Texas during 1993, the number of licensed motorcyclists was nearly 685,000. In the same year, there were 157 motorcycle fatalities and 3,937 injuries in 4,026 reported crashes.

When motorcycle related crashes occur, 75 percent of them involved a collision with another vehicle, usually a passenger car.

More than 50% of all crashes involving a motorcycle and a passenger car occurred because the motorist did not see the motorcycle (or did not see it soon enough to respond.) Continue reading Have you got your “CycleVision” on?

Dead short causes main fuse to blow

Recording this for posterity.  Our Bandita – Dita for short – a 1991 Suzuki Bandit GSF400 went to live with a new family in 2010.


Got a call yesterday from the other half. He told me that the Bandit had broken down on the way to work. He’d been riding, then suddenly there were no lights, nothing.

Thinking it was the regulator rectifier,… again, I went out to the shed and got the spare RR and the loading ramp. We arranged for me to pick him up after work and we would go get the bike.

We brought her home, cos neither of us felt like messing around with her in the rain, and checked a few of the obvious things.

Battery Level – 12.25V A little low, but not low enough to cause the bike to lose -all- power. OK,.. likely not charging system related.

Check the fuses. Main (25A) fuse was blown. Hmm,.. what would have caused that? Put the spare in, and she blew it as soon as it -touched- the fuse box, we didn’t even manage to get it inserted!

This would indicate that the short is with something that has a live power feed to it even without ignition power. That should narrow the field a little. Continue reading Dead short causes main fuse to blow

Alberta’s Live to Ride campaign

Alberta’s Live to Ride campaign

I received a brochure in the mail from the Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation department.

At the bottom of the letter that accompanied it, was an invitation to provide suggestions or enhancements to campaign to the department.


In the communication, it mentions that the spring motorcycle safety campaign “stresses the importance that ALL drivers be aware that they need to be on the look out for motorcyclists and afford them every courtesy.”

While the brochure was well produced and a good start, there’s a small problem with this statement. I talked to about 10 friends, both non-motorcyclists and motorcyclists, and asked if any of them had seen anything that had addressed this importance. The only people that said they saw anything about this, were the persons that held a new class 6 license. 1/6th of that brochure seemed like it was aimed towards all drivers on the road, but none of the class 5 only drivers I know received it. Continue reading Alberta’s Live to Ride campaign