I knew that my best chance to play around with my machine would probably be AFTER I completed work on the PortaPocketsPLUS pattern, but BEFORE I started a new design, so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance!
I’ve been documenting my progress on my Facebook page, but I thought I’d use this venue to show a few more pictures and provide you with a bit more info on how I achieved the final look (at right).
Here’s my old Singer in it’s original unadorned condition. It still runs OK, but I haven’t used it in years. But even though its been languishing unloved in the closet upstairs, I didn’t want my “additives” to render this machine inoperable. (I still love it.)
For this reason, I’ll need to be very careful about keeping my embellishments away from the moving parts.
So… with Mod Podge in hand, I started dragging out some of my favorite fabrics from my stash.
In retrospect, I guess I really should’ve made some rough sketches before I began, but you know… I really didn’t have a clue as to what I wanted the final look to be, so I just made myself start, opting instead, to use this project as a way to showcase some of my all-time favorite fabrics.
Here’s a partial list of what I used-
“On the Rio Grande”-Terrie Mangat
“Early Birds”- Jane Sassaman
“Larkspur”- Alexander Henry
“I Dream in Color”- Dianne Springer
“Catkin”- Julie Paschkis
and various fabrics by Laurel Burch and a host of other black and white favorites.
Overall the project was tedious but rewarding. I started by cleaning the surfaces thoroughly with carefully applied windex and the alchohol.
Building the design was very similar to applying applique. I found it worked best to ‘build’ the design from the bottom layer up. Once I had my pieces cut, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the appropriate area of the Singer, and also to the back of the fabric. It was pretty easy to shift the fabric around to get it positioned correctly this way and the air bubbles were easy to remove using this method. There was a learning curve involved, so I quite naturally chose the easiest areas to work on first and saved the toughest for near the end. So here goes!
So, here’s my Day 1 progress.
I made the decision to go with a black & white striped base.
Can’t go wrong with that, right? (You know how I LOVE black and white!)
On Day 4, I continued decorating the main upright.
By Day 5, I was feeling brave & confident enough in my skills to attempt
By Day 6, the back of the machine was pretty much enclosed. This was not an easy area
In comparison, Day 7 was a piece of cake. With the entire machine enclosed in a
Here’s a sideview closeup. I still may go back and add a few
And here’s a closeup view of the machine deck which I embellished
And you know what? This was such a nice diversion and I enjoyed the process so much, that I might just try it on something else in the future, like maybe an old piece of furniture. Besides, it’s a cool way to use up scraps of fabric that I can’t bear to throw away ! And speaking of pimping up the looks of other household items, one of my alert Facebook buds sent me the link to this post detailing how to adorn a keyboard with Washi tape.
Great job Kira! I love it.
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