I am happy to introduce the newest arrival to my sewing circle... a Kenmore #1941 Zig Zag machine. Isn't she a beauty? :) Her chrome detailing is a little flashier than my #1310 Zig Zag (aka Kenzie), and she sports a few more features in her repertoire. A quick initial inspection reveals that she has a flip switch for power, a lever for reverse, less knobs, hidden storage, and a detachable base for easy cuffs. She is snazzy and will be a welcome work horse to my sewing experience. Plus, I am sure Kenzie will be happy to have a friend to share the load! ;)
I love these steel bodied Kenmore's (I dread to think that they are probably considered vintage by some! ;) ). They can stitch through numerous layers without even a hiccup. When working with linty felted wool, there is no other option to me. I need a machine that is tough and can be cleaned with a simple brush and vacuum but is accurate enough to piece together my quilting projects. This newest addition is a "super high shank" gal, so I purchased an adapter to enable her to use my 1/4 inch piecing presser foot. I am anxious to see how she likes my Aurifil thread. Kenzie wasn't too thrilled with it!
Since Kenzie loves to stitch through multi layers of felted wool projects, I have moved her upstairs into my wool project construction area. This will be great, since all my recycled felted wool can be found stored in tubs nearby. My quilt fabric is located on the main floor of our home, so the newest Kenmore will reside in the sewing area of my front room. She will be set up and ready for working on all of my quilts at a moment's notice. :)
I will be giving the #1941 a trial run this afternoon on some new blocks for the Skill Builder Challenge. I have every confidence that things will go smooth... You see this machine and I have a history that goes waaay back. Her one and only owner was my Mom! :) I am confident that our future adventures will be much more enjoyable for both of us than our previous ones, since I have taken the time to actually learn the basics! ;)
Without further ado... Here she is in all her glory... The newest addition to the Pumpkin Hollow Stitching Circle...