Happy New Year everyone!
If anyone had told me a few years ago that I’d be teaching people to maintain their vintage machines, I’d have probably thought they were crazy. We’re planning more workshops for 2016 though!
For that matter, if they’d told me that I’d be quilting on a massive quilting frame and have a long arm as my most consistent dance partner and half my basement dedicated to sewing machines and quilting, I’d have shook my head and thought they really didn’t know me.
Similarly, it never occurred to me that I’d become a published pattern designer. As of today, this too though has come to pass. Today, my very first pattern has been uploaded to Craftsy and is available for sale and proceeds from this pattern will support the upkeep of ArchaicArcane.com and facilitate the upgrade of certain video making equipment.
So what is this pattern, you ask? I’m glad you did. 😉
It’s a Featherweight Case Liner <– that link will go to Craftsy
It’s a carrier to help put your Featherweight into and lift it out of
the case. It should help prevent damage to the power connector that often gets damaged when the machine is put into the case. If you use another case or a soft bag, it will add a layer of protection against bumps and scuffs as well.
When your Featherweight is out of the case and in use, the liner converts to a handy machine mat and tool organizer combination.
Also, because I’m a long arm quilter, the pattern is long arm friendly. There’s an addendum on the back of the cover page that details the steps that change and slight fabric requirement changes to accommodate the frame requirements. This photo is of the long arm sample that I created.
I’ve tested the liner in the 3 black cases but haven’t had a white or tan featherweight here to test it in their cases. The liner will fit the white 221 but its shorter bed means that the extension bed pocket won’t be full. This will harm nothing.
Some of you who follow me on Facebook may have read about me carrying “Ronnie” and “Eliza” in their liners, inside their cases. This is the liner I’m always talking about. Eliza – the 222k – is featured in the photos here. In fact, this is the exact liner that protected Ronnie the day her bag broke and she hit the floor from about hip height. Snug in her liner, inside her case, I’m not sure she knew she fell. I did and so did a motorcycle helmet visor in the hallway behind me. She hit so hard when the straps broke that visor jumped off the shelf and her case might have dented the kitchen floor. She missed my feet by inches but rocked onto one of them after the initial hit. No damage to her or the case though.
How this pattern came to be:
Two and a half years ago, I debuted an early design of it here. In its original incarnation, it didn’t have the organizer for use when the machine is in use.
Since then, my dear cousin Jo and others have been requesting that I produce a pattern for it. This October, Jo and I spent a day and wrote it out. If I thought that was a long day, the work was just beginning! There were edits and testing (by Jo and me and others as well) and revisions using suggestions from people testing and critiquing the pattern. At one point, I had to re-shoot all of the pictures because I’d missed a few very important images and didn’t have any access to the fabric we’d originally used. At the same time, I changed the order of a few steps to make it easier to build this pattern. In fact, I have 6 liners for 3 featherweights now and that’s not counting other people’s liners! 🙂
As of this moment, the pdf version of the pattern is available here. (Craftsy again) If you want a paper copy of it – it’s a little more complex. You can send me an email by clicking here and I can send you a paypal invoice for the pattern plus actual shipping from Canada. That will come directly from my studio to you. I’ll need to know the email address you want to use (if you already use Paypal, it will be that one. If you don’t, I believe Paypal lets you pay an invoice without creating an account. ) Otherwise, I can provide a mailing address where a cheque (check for you Americans!) can be sent.
And a few more photos of the liner and Eliza, your model. 🙂
Next up, I’ll be writing up the pattern for the bag I made for the featherweights after that first one broke. Jo tells me we have a whole series of patterns we’re making for these gals. 🙂
A sincere thanks to Jo for the multiple kicks in the rear and her experience in creating shop samples and writing up instructions. I couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks also to my testers: Sharon D. and Christine M. Your input was invaluable!