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108 W. Grand Ave, Frederick, OK. USA


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I use our backyard and front yard for large or dirty projects that can't be taken inside easily.  Of course, any sewing to be done is subject to the weather, but I've caught a few days when I was able to get some projects completed.

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July 2013        

(Rain Delay)
     
The elements have taken a toll on the thread of a 36' x 20' swimming pool cover, but the webbing straps and mesh fabric still have some use left in them.  Many of the seams and hems are beginning to come completely apart.  I will end up re-stitching 2 of the 3 stitch lines on all of the seams and hems.  There are 2 36' hems, 2 36' seams, 2 20' hems, and 4 20' seams.  I'm using a Singer 111W153 machine.

I ran into a problem stitching the border webbing where two layers of webbing intersect two other layers of webbing, at each corner.  Webbing top and bottom of each side hem makes four layers of webbing and 2 layers of mesh fabric at each corner.  The sandwich is too thick for my 111W153, so I tried it with my Singer 29K70 Boot Patcher.  It was too thick for it too.  The owner will either have to find someone with a larger machine, or hand-stitch or rivet the corner box tacks.
         
         
April 2013        
 
The elements had destroyed the fabric on a self-supporting yard swing that our son had given to us years ago.  We couldn't use it without getting powder from the decomposing fabric all over us, so I decided to make a new seat for it out of recycled billboard fabric.
         
         
March 2013        
Sometimes I get a project that involves long seams or hems, so I cobbled together a support surface to allow long runs through my machine.  I had some surplus roofing tin and an old metal door, so I used those.  The slick surface works well for PVC tarp material, or in this case, recycled billboard fabric.  The machine being used is a 1944 Singer 111W153 on a power stand.  I nicknamed the machine "Ol Dirty" because it was dirty when I got it, and I use it to do my dirty jobs that involve used fabrics.  I added casters under it for portability.  I made some equipment covers for a customer to cover the seed bins on a Sunflower Drill, and also made a cover for the machine and stand.  I invert an old storage tub over the machine for further protection.
         
         
October 2010        
Our sewing room spills out into our front yard from time to time, when bulky items need sewn.  This time, repairs were needed on an EZ-Up shelter top that got ripped in a wind/rain storm.  The machine being used is a 1914 Singer 66-1 that I converted to a handcrank.  It's in a portable case, and setting on top of an old treadle stand that I got at a farm auction.  The stand's treadle assembly had been removed, a thick wooden top with drawer added, and had been previously used as a stand for an electric grinder in a barn.
         
         
July 2010        
   
Our sewing room spills out into our backyard from time to time, when old cotton module tarps are being re-purposed for other uses.  This time, to make a cover for one of the racks filled with old parts machines.  The machine being used is a 1914 Singer 66-1 that I converted to a handcrank.
         
         
         
Our Backyard "Treadle Garden"    
         
April 2015         
         
June 2014         
   
         
July 2013         
         
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June 2012         
         
May 2011         
         
June 2010        
 
         



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