Moving the Plants, 5-22-21

The past two days have involved moving houseplants outside – all the saucers were washed and put away till next fall. Both “greenhouse areas” in the east and south parts of the house were then cleaned, too.

This was as far as I had gotten a few days ago.

Here it is today after everything was moved. Rick made me a sturdy gripping stool to use when stepping off the ramp.

Hoya plants in bloom.

So many plants! They’ve become almost like pets because I’ve had them for so many years. I will rely on Mother Nature and my rain barrel to keep them watered now.

Ivy visited this afternoon – we rested in the porch and enjoyed the birds – lots of them. I even had a scarlet tanager at my feeder and I have never seen one in my whole life! It was thrilling! Along with two different kinds of orioles, a rose breasted grosbeak, a pair of mourning doves and a single dove, two different kinds of woodpeckers and all the regular blue jays, red winged blackbirds, catbirds, sparrows and warblers. I can’t wait to see them again tomorrow!

Tired Ivy.

Awhile back a reader wanted me to ask what types of domestic sewing machines do you use for quilting? I think she’s in the market for a machine and would like your opinions.

Saturday night and all’s well on the farm!

58 thoughts on “Moving the Plants, 5-22-21

  1. Jill

    I have been a long time user of 2 Janome machines. The first did simple stitches and my second Janome has many wonderful bells and whistles! One of the many nice things about the Janome machines is that all attachments fit all Janome machines.

  2. B. J. Berlo

    I have a Bernina 1000 that I’ve had for a good many years and it’s a workhorse! I also have a Singer Featherweight that I like to use when I have lots of piecing to do. And a Baby Lock that is a few years old that I bought primarily to make the bowls that are fabric covered rope. For some reason, my Bernina just did NOT want to sew on rope! I’ve made at least 100 of the rope bowls on the Baby Lock and it worked wonderfully well. Machines all have their own little personalities so it’s good to test drive them at the dealer to make sure they’ll do what you want!

    1. Karen

      Which Baby Lock did you buy? My Bernina doesn’t like my jelly roll rug and I want to try some of the rope bowls. Thanks!

  3. Anne Hollenbach

    Bernina 153 is my go to machine for machine quilting. It has a lot of miles on it and still going strong.

  4. Launa

    My first machine in 1959 was a Singer….still have it!
    Now I sew on my Bernina 1530…bought it new!
    Some of my quilting friends have Bernina, but have been sewing on Brothers.

    1. Marcia

      I have a 1530 also. It has been such a good machine. It was my first of 5 Berninas that are such good machines. I gave my daughter one, have one for embroidery, one for retreats & travel and one to replace my 1530 when it goes.

      1. Carol

        I have a 1530 as well. Bought it new and have sewed countless garments and some quilts, but it’s mostly used for garment sewing. Great machine. I also have a 930 Bernina.

  5. Sherrill

    Woo! All those plants that you move twice a year. That’s a ton of work so I know you must love all your plants. And I love seeing them and all your Knick knacks and what nots. So interesting.

  6. Jo in Wyoming

    Mary, you have been busy getting the garden set up beautifully. It must make you smile every time you walk past.
    I piece in a Bernina, it’s about 20 years old but I love it. Janome’s have become very popular around here. I think it’s a price difference that is contributing to that. I would advise you to take your own fabric to the store to test drive. Dealers have special fabric that makes all stitching look great. If you are planning on quilting with it, take a fat quarter quilt sandwich to try out. See if it bunches up without adjusting.

  7. Anonymous

    I had a Viking for many years. That’s when I made clothes for my girls and myself. I completely wore it out.

    Then I bought a used Bernina 900, I think it was. I wore it out too.

    Then, I got a Brother because it had a wide base and I learned to machine quilt, but I didn’t like it because you could not zig zag. No other stitches on that one except forward and backwards.

    Finally got a Jenome and I love it. I have had it for quite a long time now. It has a wide base so you can get more quilt through the opening when machine quilting. And, it has lots of other stitches as well.

    Your plants look great outside. Lots of work, but I bet they get very healthy out there. I am thinking of taking my African Violets out to the greenhouse in a shaded area. They wouldn’t know how to act. lol

  8. Sue in Oregon

    I had a Viking for many years. That’s when I made clothes for my girls and myself. I completely wore it out.

    Then I bought a used Bernina 900, I think it was. I wore it out too.

    Then, I got a Brother because it had a wide base and I learned to machine quilt, but I didn’t like it because you could not zigzag. No other stitches on that one except forward and backwards.

    Finally got a Janome and I love it. I have had it for quite a long time now. It has a wide base so you can get more quilt through the opening when machine quilting. And, it has lots of other stitches as well.

    Your plants look great outside. Lots of work, but I bet they get very healthy out there. I am thinking of taking my African Violets out to the greenhouse in a shaded area. They wouldn’t know how to act. lol

  9. Barbara Peterson

    My husband and I moved from Iowa to Idaho quite a few years ago. We have Bullock’s orioles. Very pretty birds. I miss the cardinals we had in Iowa.

    Barbara from Idaho

  10. Charlotte Shira

    I love the plants in your yard. They look beautiful.
    I piece and machine quilt on my Bernina Aurora 440QE that I’ve had since 2005. Love it but I wish it had a bigger throat. I asked a repairman that worked on our machines from our church group what machine he would recommend and he said he rarely works on Janome.

  11. Debbie Miller

    Love all the plants! you must have lots of windows. I would probably have a lot more plants but my house tends to be dark and the windows seem to be in the wrong places for good sunlight. I buy more plants in the summer but they don’t overwinter well.

  12. Katherine Gourley

    Your plants are lovely. We have many hawks in our area and finches come all summer long.

    In the 60’s I had singers. Now I sew on Janome machines (5 of them to be exact). The oldest is about 30 years old and the stitches on all of them are beautiful. I clean my machine after every project and change the needles at the same time. I have never had a single malfunction.

  13. janet s

    When shopping for a machine now days, check to see if there is a repairman nearby that can fix it. They have gotten so complicated that you can’t do it yourself and some manufacturers won’t sell parts to anyone who isn’t also their dealer. That said, my old Singer was wonderful, then I bought a Viking 1000, then a Viking SE and a Featherweight. They all work great. Good luck.

  14. Bea knight

    I have a Pfaff passport 3.0. But I also have had several Janomes. If I were to buy another it would probably be a Janome.
    I also have a Hello Kitty little machine for travel and a featherweight 221. And a very old treadle sewing machine from my husbands grandma.
    Blessings to you Mary!!

  15. Pattie Weber

    My first high end machine was a Viking. Then I purchased a Pfaff which I loved but didn’t have needle down nor the blanket stitch I wanted. Finally traded it in and purchased an Elna
    but missed the beautiful straight stitching a Pfaff had. Then I purchased a used Pfaff on EBay and that has been my go to machine for almost all piecing and free motion quilting.
    I’m finally deciding I need to sell one and that will be the Viking.

    Love all your plants! And the blooming Hoya, reminded me I had one of those years ago and the blooms were so unique.

  16. Diann Smith

    I am a fan of Janome for everything quilty. I bought a 6500 many years ago and finished quilts on it for others to pay for MY quilt habit for 11 years. It still runs smoothly and is just the best machine ever. But of course I also own nine other kinds and use some now and then. MACHINE JUNKY. Go drive a Janome and you will see quickly WHY. I loved mine so that I went and bought a second one just like it in case the first died because it was really getting used. But they are both still working great and that’s all I piece and quilt on now. Just PET the others and they are backups.

  17. Anita

    I have a Brother which I love. I think a very important piece of advice is to buy from a dealer who will give you training and follow-up help and service. Mary – love how you share your joy over the beauty of nature that surrounds you. You obviously have a contented heart.

  18. Rosalie

    I do most of my piecing on a 1952 Singer 301A that I bought about 20 years ago. I have a Janine 6600P that I use when I put my binding on as it has a built in even feeding foot. I have a 25 year old Viking that lives in my car for bee sewing. I have several Featherweights and need to clean them.
    Love your outdoor garden!

    1. Carla

      How fortunate you are to have several Featherweight machines! I can’t find one that isn’t priced too high for my budget! Someday I’m hoping to find one for my mom’s table that she had hers in. And Mary, I saw my first scarlet Tanager this year as well, but where are the hummingbirds???!!

      1. Diane in Maryland

        Carla, may I ask where you live? Here on the Eastern Shore of Md we are all asking the same question about the hummers. I miss them! We’ve seen very few and they don’t seem to stay around for long.

      2. Mary Etherington Post author

        Carla – what price range is acceptable to you – for a Featherweight? I already have two but see them sometimes in sale bills.

  19. Rhonda in Iowa

    Love this information about machines. I am thinking there might be a new one in my future as my old Viking #1 is not what she used to be. It’s maybe about 25 years old. Just had it cleaned and adjusted but she’s so loud and tension is still not right. I’m so attached to it and know how to do everything so easily. Dreading a change! I’ve been doing a little research and am curious about a Juki machine. Anyone know anything about them? A couple years ago I bought a lightweight Janome to take to friends and retreats and it has been great for that purpose. Dragging my feet on shopping. I find the whole process overwhelming!

    1. M

      I bought a Juki TL2010-Q several years ago. Of all the machines I’ve ever had, this one is the absolute best. It is straight stitching only but it is a work horse. The stitching is always consistent and she can take anything I throw at her. I just purchased the HZL-G220 to replace my Viking (only 20 years old and worn out) to do any other misc. stitching I might need and so far I really like it.

  20. Diane in Maryland

    I have had Singers, Janomes, and Berninas. Wanted a machine with a larger throat for quilting and bought a Bernina 750QE a few years ago with the embroidery module. Gave my 1530 Bernina to my daughter. I loved that machine. I like the new one but… the dealer closed shop and retired shortly after I bought it. The closest dealer for me is in Annapolis which would involve me driving across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which I hate, and in traffic that makes my head spin! I still don’t know how to use the embroidery module. My granddaughter gave me a gift certificate for a class at the shop and will take me but with COVID we haven’t gotten there yet. The BEST advice the fellow quilters are telling your reader is – TRY OUT the machines at a convenient shop that will teach you and repair the machine if needed. Explain to the dealer what she wants to do with the machine. A shop that will be easy for her to drive to herself! If she wants a machine for piecing than all she needs is a machine to stitch a nice straight seam. Or is she thinking quilting as in a long arm? I take my quilts to a long arm quilter if I want it to be special otherwise I do the straight line quilting like you have shown us! A large quilt on a home machine is impossible for me to manage even with a large throat plate.

    Your garden is lovely! I love the Hoya and the chick sitting among the plants. No wonder you have so many beautiful birds. That was so thoughtful of Rick to build you the sturdy stepping bench. Nice to have a husband who can do things and sees the need. You can use it to step on or sit and admire your garden.

    Last night I heard something at our bird feeder and one of my cats was on the porch looking out. It was getting dark but I could see a big raccoon sitting on the baffle enjoy handfuls of sunflower seeds from the bird feeder. I quietly said “what are you doing?” It looked at me and scampered down hiding behind a big tree in the yard not far from me. It very slowly peeked its head around so it could see me and all I could see was its little masked face! I then said “I see you” and off it went thru the woods. Such a funny experience. We don’t encourage them and I know they can have rabies but this one was obviously healthy, scared of me, and we do live in their world.

    Have a nice day everyone. Mary, we could sure use some of the rain you’ve had!

  21. Kathy in western NY

    I agree with others who say test drive several with your own fabric and see if it’s within your grasp to work on. I despise adjusting and fidgeting to do your regular jobs on a machine so I want easy now that I am older. Luckily I live in an area where you can drive north south east or west for an hour and find every make and model of a machine. A friend just drove to Buffalo and got a Juki straight stitch only and loves it for piecing her quilts. She has a smaller singer for her retreats so this was a big step for her as your reader can identify with trying out several ahead of time. I have sewn for the last 27 yrs on a Bernina.

    The plants look wonderful outside in that area and nice you have a sturdy stool Rick made to help you navigate the space. I spend a lot of my time outside daydreaming and looking at my gardens so I am with you on watching the birds come around. Each day we see cardinals and I want to think it’s my mom coming to say all is well. The serenity of our yards comes through in your posts and how blessed so many of us are.

  22. Margie from Ohio

    I have a Huskavarna Emerald 183. I really like it. Before that, it was Singer. I am hoping I don’t have to buy a new machine. To me, it is like buying a car, very scary. I keep hearing about the feather weights, they look so cute! Love your flowers! Noticed you have your Christmas cactus outside. Is it mostly sun or shade? I have never put mine outside, wonder if it would like it? Thanks for all the thoughts on this post. So nice reading and chatting.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Margie from Ohio – this triangle pit area in front of my house gets virtually no direct sun except maybe 30 minutes or so in late afternoon. Yet it’s not full shade either – trees above keep it bright but shady if that makes sense and the Christmas cactus will get so beautiful over the summer. It’s lots of work to water these plants if it doesn’t rain but I consider that my summer job. Like I said, the plants feel like pets to me!

      1. Margie from Ohio

        Thank you Mary for answering my cactus question. Mine is doing pretty well, but my mother in laws I am trying to keep alive. I brought it to my house thinking I could take better care of it instead of running out to her house. She is in a nursing home so she doesn’t want it there. Unfortunately, several of the branches broke off and I am just sick about it. I already killed her African violet, which also makes me sad as she had the most beautiful African violet, just one. I guess she has the touch. I have so many spider web plants that I need to see if someone would like one or more! I guess I do consider plants as pets and feel bad when they get broke or die. Thanks for chatting.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Margie from Ohio – Connie has lots of spider plants, too, and she sold a bunch of them at our garage sale! I sold some succulents, too – not as many as I’d like but I didn’t want to haul them back and forth if they didn’t sell. Everybody “knows” their own plants. I’d hate to say I’d take care of somebody else’s plants – they’d die for me, too.

  23. Louverna Tomer

    Mary, your plants are so pretty in your garden. I had a hoya plant and it smelled so good when it bloomed. What an unusual flower it has. My husband passed and I moved. The plant did not survive the move.
    I think I will try to find another one.
    I love your posts and look forward to them.

  24. Mary Hawk

    Mary, it looks beautiful-and I know that’s a lot of work. I bet you will have sore hands today. I washed a few windows with your recipe.

  25. Mary Hawk

    I piece with a Juki 2010Q. It is a simple single hole machine and it is very low maintenance and fast. I love the needle threader and thread cutter.

  26. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    Wow! I am NOT showing my husband all of your plants or I’d have to move out and he’d replace me with plants–LOL. They are gorgeous and fun to look at. He is in the hospital now–major back surgery–so I am in charge of plants and birds. I like both, but it’s lots of work. Two of my “chubbette” male hummingbirds have returned and two females also.
    I have a Bernina 1530 that I bought in 1998. It is still going strong and I love it. I bought a Bernina 750 QE in 2014. I do not have the embroidery module because I have a small Bernina Deco machine. I also have a Featherweight that I am learning to use.
    I agree with everyone: buy from a dealer who can clean and repair if necessary. I take mine to Amish country where they clean them every year. No repairs yet:) Everyone is walking in the morning because
    it is getting too hot in the afternoon!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane and Squeak – I must remember you have a 750 – the next time I have a question about my 740 I could ask you! I am not happy with thIs machine so I use the old 1230 or the Juki

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane and Squeak – I’d love to talk plants with your husband!

      1. Diane and Squeak

        Mary, he would love that! He’s the one with all of the Amaryllises( Amarylli?) in the ground under my sewing window. 15 or 16 will bloom again this year. Someday we are going to drive to Iowa😀. I am ok with the 750. I love my 1530, but some features of the 750 are great like the needle down and automatic start. I am not thrilled with the thing for quilting. I am at the hospital b/c husband just had major back surgery so I can’t run in to see what the heck that attachment is called. Maybe I am not good at it, but the 1530 quilting looks better than the 750! Hot here in Central
        Ohio. He just started planting Dahlias. Beautiful.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Diane and Squeak – how is your husband doing after his back surgery? If I could visit, I’d bring him a plant!!

          1. Diane and Squeak

            Bless you, Mary, he’d love that. He is doing very well this time. This is his third laminectomy/fusion. This time they fused #2 to 3,4,and 5 and fused #1 to T-12. His incision goes all the way from 1 to 5 which is about 8 or 9 inches. Thank goodness for pain meds!! He can walk with a walker or sometimes without–grrr.
            It is at least 6 to 8 weeks before he can really do much, but he’s doing fine. Squeak takes very good care of him:) Featherweights can vary in price. Most of the ones I’ve seen are around $300.00 or so. Mine was $300.00 two years ago, but had just
            had a thorough cleaning etc which had cost $75.00 so I felt I got a bargain. A school teacher had mine and it is in excellent condition.

  27. Pam

    Love my Bernina 1260, but treated myself to a Featherweight after gifting 3 to granddaughters. It’s my travel machine and just for fun machine. Just had my Bernina serviced and it runs perfectly. Looked at lots of machines when researching what to buy for granddaughters, and finally decided on the Featherweights for them. If they decide later on fancier machines, they will be worth something to trade or sell.

  28. Li

    if you don’t mind no needle down or thread cutting feature a Singer 301, 401, are hard to beat. In a pinch I would even go with a 201. I regularly use a Bernina 1130 but think one used might be hard to find. My sister has a measureable sewng machine collection. We love Bernina 930s. She speaks highly of her Juki TL2010-Q if you don’t mind oiling it daily. Straight stitch only. Especially with the new lighting. LED, I think.

  29. Candy

    I ‘drive’ a Brother 1500S and I love it. It’s straight stitch only (I have a little Janome Jem that I can pull out if I need a zigzag stitch). It’s very fast and the throat is much larger than most domestic machines. I do all my own quilting on it, and I highly recommend it. I think these industrial-type Brothers are pretty much identical to the Juki machines (although I haven’t seen a Juki) which also seem to be highly recommended. I agree about taking your own fabric (and maybe a quilt sandwich) to test drive new machines. My local quilt store sells Berninas, but their repairman works on all brands and seems to do a good job, although I’ve had no major repairs. I think that’s the bonus in not having a computerized machine with lots of bells & whistles … not as much to go wrong!

  30. Celaine

    I am another sewing machine junky! I piece exclusively on my Babylock Accomplish. It is a workhorse! Spoiled by the throat/harp space. All other sewing on my Bernina 430, the quietest machine I’ve ever used.
    I would love to be a plant person. I just don’t have the instinct. Everything either dies or doesn’t produce! I do love the birds we see in the country. We had two beautiful goldfinches last week, a red headed woodpecker variety I’ve never seen. We have plenty of piliated woodpeckers! No hummers yet but it’s early.

  31. Sandy

    I have a wonderful workhorse Bernina 930, which I, very mistakenly, thought had totally died so I replaced it with a Bernina 570 about 4 years ago. Love, love my new machine. I did not get the embroidery module since that is not my thing at all. And, after some good advice, I took my “dead” machine in for a check up with a different service group and found it had been very poorly serviced. (The motor needed to be degunked. That is not an area the owner oils or cleans.) After a proper servicing, voila! Good as new and still runs like a top. I consider myself lucky to have two Berninas, both in excellent condition.

    Mary, your plants are beautiful and your dedication to their care is amazing. What a project to move them out, then back in, each year.

    1. Susan K in Texas

      I love the area your plants are in. I wish I could have a garden room but in Texas a lot of windows means a lot of heat. That said moving plants out of the greenhouse and into the yard takes my husband and I weeks as we baby them along. Some stay in the greenhouse longer.
      As our yard natures we’re getting more and more different birds. We don’t have bird feeders because of rats but we have bird baths they love. We have a nesting pair of Mississippi kites in the trees across the street. They often fly around our yard. We also have night herons that are nesting in our neighborhood. The juveniles will eat up the cicadas in our yard. We have wrens that yell at the cats, chickadees, finches, hummingbirds, doves, cardinals, robins, blue jays, and crows. And more. We love looking for the birds.
      As for machines – I have four Janome machines. I have the 9450 and 7700 that I love for quilting both free motion and walking foot. The other two are older DC machines. I don’t like quilting on the DC machines but I do like piecing. I find the Janome machines don’t break down as often as the machines I had in the past – Husqavarna, Singer, Elna – I wore all three of those brands out.

  32. Lisa B

    I recently purchased my third Pfaff. I love them. My first Pfaff I sewed children’s clothes, bowls, bags, pieced quilts and quilted using it. It is about 30 years old and going strong. My 2nd Pfaff has the embroidery unit. That was fun to use for several years but the joy has worn off. The machine still sews great for everything but I’m not sure the price was worth the few years of enjoyment. My third Pfaff I purchased this past year is a Pfaff 3.0 Passport. I purchased it to use at, and leave at, a winter home elsewhere. I enjoyed being able to sew while on vacation for 3 weeks. And the additional week I was able to get away. I cut everything in advance and it was like being on a retreat!

  33. Janice Hebert

    So fun hearing about everyone’s experiences with different machines. And I love that I’m not the only one who seems to be bitten by the collecting bug! I have an old Singer from the mid 70’s that is tucked upstairs in the attic, a couple of Bernina’s (model 830 and 1030) and then I started collecting really old Singers (just two, a 301A and a smaller really cute 99k) my dream is to some day have a Featherweight but they are really expensive around here in New England. I love your collection of house plants – I’m sure they love their vacation out in the open air. I’m doing that with seedlings right now – bringing them out to harden them off before planting outside. I have a nice dappled shady spot for them. Jan in MA

  34. Beryl BC

    The plants are beautiful. This time of year it’s difficult to get much sewing done, with all the gardening and bicycling happening. It’s been quite warm in SW Ohio for a few days, so watering will happen tonight.

    I appreciate your sewing machine discussion. My first machine was a Singer my aunt purchased at a crazy days sale in Spencer for $7. I sewed on it for 13 years, making all kinds of clothes on a machine that only sewed forward, but sewed very well. I’ve been sewing on a Viking since for the past 40 years. I like it, but am thinking of upgrading to something with more capabilities.

    I’ve started looking at machines in the past month and am finding that stores have a limited supply with only certain models on hand. I guess they are facing the same situation as car dealers, home appliance dealers, etc. One dealer had received a machine the day I was there which she ordered 6 months previously. Currently, I’m thinking about another Viking, Bernina, or Brother, as these seem to be the most available in our area. I’ll be watching for other comments.

  35. Janice Brown

    Good evening Mary, Your plant garden looks wonderful. Such variety in plants and foliage, and with all sorts of neat rocks and garden decor items tucked in. Is there outdoor seating near by so you can sit and admire it? Rick sure made you a really heavy duty gripping stool.

    My sewing machine is a Juki TL-2200 QVP Mini. I use it for both piecing and quilting. I bought it about 4 years ago. I wanted a sewing machine without a computer (mechanical) and with a bobbin case so that I can adjust the bobbin thread tension myself. I am really happy with this sewing machine. I also own a Husqvarna Viking Platinum 750 but I rarely use it since I got the Juki. My Platinum 750 doesn’t function well when using heavier quilting threads (40 weight). My recommendation for anyone shopping for a sewing machine is to test with a variety of your own threads and fabric projects.

  36. Betty Klosterman

    I guess I’m old and get very attached to things like my Rowenta Iron, 3500 Janome sewing machine and my 2004 Chevy Impala. And I’m convinced that if I really like something I should buy 2 of them so there is a spare. Even have my favorite pencil. Yeh, I know. A creature of habit.
    Ladies you have commented on things to look for when buying a new sewing machine. Like many of you I am perfectly happy with a machine sewing front and backwards, zig zag, blanket stitch, needle down and a very few fancy stitches. They wouldn’t have given me anything in trade for my 3500 Riccar bought in 1988, but I don’t know how I ever sewed clothing as it has 1 speed – FAST. I use it for dog beds and zig zaging raw edges before washing, etc, what I call junk sewing. I got the Janome which weighs about 17 lbs and the Riccar is very heavy. I had a bit of a problem with the Janome before Christmas and the dealer was estatic as he had just the perfect machine for me. Luckily there wasn’t a real problem. Your comments are all very interesting, things I might not have known about. Singer feather weights are alright, but an old machine without improvements. Plus, if I brought a sewing machine home that cost more than my first house, I wouldn’t need to bring it into the house.
    We didn’t get a tornado here, just lots of wind and small hail. Don’t know about the surrounding areas. It is still raining nice and steady and we really need it. The ground at the cemetery was hard as a rock. Maybe the trees will finally get full leaves. They look rather puny right now. Got to love all your flowers and plants. Nice to watch yours, Mary. A lot less work. My amaryllis bulbs got to go to Tucson with my cousin and are happily blooming there. I could never throw the bulbs away.
    Be careful, everybody. We aren’t over this pandemic yet, but getting closer. We were talking about how people survived the pandemics before vaccines. Guess if you didn’t die, you were a survivor!
    Betty Klosterman in Rapid City

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Betty – my husband bought me a Riccar sewing machine in 1970 and we still have that heavy beast. It stayed on a desk to use as way too heavy to move. He actually has kept it for heavy duty sewing of vinyl or canvas. I had to leave my turquoise Singer at my house I grew up in for my sisters to use once I left so that’s why we bought the Riccar. But now I do have the turquoise machine back at my house so I guess we are machine collectors too. Would not part with any of them including my grandma’s ivory featherweight as they all come in handy at some time or other.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty K – I just love hearing from you, Betty! You have such good common sense and I always understand your position on the subject. So glad you got rain – we got .4 last night as a cloud went over during a sunny afternoon! I’ll give you a glimpse of my plants through the summer so you will feel as if you’re also taking care of them – like you said – lots less work! Haha!

      1. Betty Klosterman

        Mary, you should see my pile of pictures I have taken at Country Threads over the years, since 1991. Inside and out. Fabric, quilts, plants and critters. Every so often I revisit looking at them over the years. Very fond memories. I overheard Frank telling a guy that it wasn’t a bad place to wait. The critters entertained him after he had a nap. And not to forget all the patterns and books and the girls who worked in the shop. I finally wrote down all the pattern numbers so I could tell if I already had the pattern — I have 3 eachof a couple patterns! Must have really liked the pattern?
        Our last visit was 2011. You had a dog the color of Cheetos. I had fed him Cheetos on earlier visits, but that time we had eaten them all. I was trying to convince there were none left, but he knew I was wrong! You came out to the car and told him he had enough Cheetos! He didn’t believe you either.
        Wonderful memories. Thank you, Mary.
        Betty in Rapid City

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