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New Project


A friend who loves to take craft classes did these in a Japanese fabric dying class. I am going to make them into a quilt, joining with dark blue sashing, for her for Christmas.



New 15-J




Model Plate "15J" Serial #: JD161315

As best I can reseaarch, manufacture in 1954 in the St. John's factory in Quebec, Canada

I have never run into one of these before. As far as I can tell it appears to be a standard 15-88.



Here it is cleaned up



Belt groove is shiny enamel... not a sign of belt wear


Paint on pedal is unscuffed.


Dust bunnies swept out of cabinet


Rubber band used to keep hinge fingers up for putting the head back in the cabinet. Note the thick dust on the oil catch tray.


Of course, I had to equip its drawers, even found some nice old wood handled screwdrivers for it. The original manual was in the drawer and is a regular 15-88 manual.




Rectangle Island Quilt






Star of Treadleonia Displayed in Pastor's Office





Finished Floating Blocks or Shadow Quilt

This is the quilt I just finished.

It started as a treadle quilt, but my foot/ankle just wasn't up to it, so 1/3 of the piecing was done on the treadle, 1/3 on a needle feed Brother and the rest on a Pfaff 134. The quilting will be done on the Pfaff 134.


Mockery is a Rokkaku kite I built nearly 20 years ago. It was very large, 12 1/2' x 7 1/2'. I found that I was no longer able to handle a kite that size, so cut the skin down to 6' x 5'. Here is a pic of the kite aloft.

This shot was telephotoed in from about 200'. The grey sky is almost like a studio backdrop!

Current Sewing and Light Woodworking Shop


Sewing Side 1

Here you see a Brother industrial needle feed machine which is specifically for handling slick kite material and for the quilting phase of making quilts. The work table/feedout is 3' x 5' and consists of 1/4" masonite over 3/4" plywood. All nylon cutting is done on the masonite by heat knife. When the masonite gets too marked up, probably about after a year, I'll unbolt it and turn it around. After both sides are gone, simply replace the masonite. I think I'm going to be able to put my 12 drawer rack of treadle drawers between the dresser and the treadle by nudging the dresser over to the left a bit.


Sewing Side 2

As you can see from the previous pic, this spot held a nice treadle. However, since my ankle/foot will no longer stand up to steady treadling, I decided to improve the overall sewing situation by locating one of my favorite big machines here after upgrading it substantiall. The machine is a 1970's Pfaff 134 straight stitch industrial. I found it in a chicken coop (!) roughly 20 years ago and used it for many years in an industrial treadle. I bought it a new stand and a DC servo motor and it is one of the smoothest sewing machines I've ever used... great for quilt piecing.

Three early vintage Singer 28 hand cranks are on top of dresser, which contains tons of sewing and quilting patterns and supplies.



Tool Side 1 - Drill Press and Tool Storage Area (Corner of incredibly messy workbench will not be shown in full :^)


Tool Side 2 - Roll around work table, table saw and lathe. Note: there is an alcove directly opposite this, behind the big Brother sewing machine, where a bandsaw and belt sander are hiding out. A drum sander and jig saw are stashed in the furnace room, so I still have a lot of woodworking capability.




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