A Meet and Greet with Gladys

Some time ago on a visit to the local thrift store, I found this.


I debated and debated about whether I should purchase it or not.  I have another machine exactly like that I love that I named Mildred.  You can read the story about that machine here.  I just couldn’t determine how many machines I actually need.  I am sure you’ve asked yourself where is the line between need, want, collecting and hoarding.

I continued to do my other shopping in the store.  I decided if the machine was still there after I did all my shopping I’d seriously consider it.  I shopped and looked and looked and shopped and 20 minutes later no one had bought it.

Well it was time for me to seriously consider it.  The machine was in MUCH better shape than mine.  It had the book and accessories to go with it.  The cabinet was in mint shape.  The machine was very clean.  All in all for $25, it was an amazing deal..but now how do I justify it to Hubby.

Seriously Hubby doesn’t give a hoot of how I spend $25…for some reason I just felt like I had to have a plan for it….Hmmmm.

That’s when it hit me.   I have been wanting and wanting to get back to sewing my Pineapple Crazy quilt.  The problem with that, I have dead line projects that need to get done and paper piecing those blocks is so messy.  My plan is to keep this machine separate away from the regular machine I sew on.  This one can have all the tiny bits and pieces all spread out like a bomb.  I don’t have to worry about moving things..I don’t have to worry about it being a mess.  When I know I’m going to have more than two us sewing at the new house, this machine will be the third person’s machine.

I didn’t think I had room to set the machine up at this house so the machine has sat in the garage waiting to be moved to the new house.  Then I saw that everyone was setting cups and mail and pop cans on the machine so I decided when I cleaned the upstairs that I need to try to find room for it here at this house so it wouldn’t get wrecked while it was here.

I did find room but sadly, I haven’t found time to piece any Pineapple Crazy blocks…but that’s okay, when I do find time, I will and it’s all set up and ready to go.

For the record, this machine is named Gladys.  The name because she was Mildred’s (the name of my identical matching machine’s) sister.

Today I am hooking up with Colorado Lady’s Vintage Thingy Thursday.

13 thoughts on “A Meet and Greet with Gladys”

  1. Great find. I have a second machine set up for second projects too! It’s great not to have to switch out all the quilt pieces.

  2. Look at that wide area around the machine!! It’s a singer touch and sew, isn’t it? My mother had one like that. And my daughter found one at a thrift store and loves it. I think you will enjoy having this machine in your home.

  3. wow! that was an amazing find! I wish OUR thrift store was so great! I’ve been going to ours every Tuesday morning after piano lessons and storytime at the coffee house. I never find anthing THAT great! I would hve bought it, too! the machine looks great, and the table is a fantastic find in itself! happy pineappling!

  4. Joyce in Oregon

    Great find, Jo! I’m with you. I think it would be great to have one machine set up for speed piecing, one set up just for binding ready to go with a walking foot, and one for paper piecing. Of course, in my dream world they would all use the same bobbins. :) I’m glad you didn’t pass up the bargain. I did and have regretted it ever since.

  5. Now I wouldn’t even had to think a second on buy that machine and table once I decided it was in good condition and at such a good price…….#1 I love Singer machines best of all! #2 you never know when your favorite machine bites the dust and would cost more to fix that it’s worth or no one can decide what needs to be fixed on it. #3 I love Singers! You did good!

  6. So fun! Great ideas all! About a year ago, I bought a thrift-store sewing machine for $25. Plainest, simplest machine I’ve ever had, but all-metal, decades old, and in near-perfect condition. Turns out, it’s my best machine EVER for free-motion quilting! I’m so pleased at the great deal, I still haven’t taken off the $25 price tag!

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