Let me introduce you to my newest family member… Ethel.
After my new (less than one year old) very expensive embroidery/sewing machine broke down for the third time in year that I have had it. I knew something had to change. That was 2 months ago and my machine is still in the shop getting fixed - - actually, it got sent back to the factory, but is STILL not fixed. After talking with a representative from my sewing machine company, I found out that I was actually killing my machine with all the re-upholstery stuff I was doing on it. Going through up to 10 layers of thick fabric actually broke the feed dog spring on my machine - - not a common piece to break! He suggested that I find an old 1950’s Singer machine and use that for my re-upholstery projects.
As I’m using her, I wonder about her past. Who used to own her? What did they make with her? Has some mother sat at her and made dresses for her little girl? Has a grandmother sat at her and made a quilt for a newborn baby? Has a mother and daughter worked at it together to make a wedding gown?
Let me just throw in here that if you are only doing one re-upholstery project, or even two, you have nothing to fear - - you are not going to break your machine. I do one to two re-upholstery projects a week - - that much pounding on a machine is just too much!!
So, let me show you the first project that Ethel has completed.
This is the chair I was telling you about yesterday. This chair is going in a little boys’ room. My friend wanted a vintage look that would be durable for two toddlers!! She also did not want to spend a lot of money on the fabric for the chair. I ended up using drop cloths to re-upholster it.
I had never used drop cloths, but of course I have read about them everywhere on blog world. I decided to try it out. I would say that all in all, it was easy to work with - - maybe a bit more difficult to work with than a heavier weight upholstery fabric - - but for a loose, informal look I think it is fantastic. I did wash the drop cloth before I used it - -they stink something fierce straight out of the package!!
Look at the before fabric - - ugh! Time for a make-over!
When I got the fabric off, I realized that this chair had been re-upholstered once. There was still some of the original fabric on the chair. It was originally upholstered in a chartreuse green silk. I can only imagine that with all her fun curves and details, she was one fancy lady!!