Monday, December 10, 2012

Textile treasures!

I promised you photos of some of the items I found at our local swap shop. Most of the clothing that I bring home will find its way (eventually!) to a new life in another form.  Refashioned into a different type or size article of clothing, or a hat, purse, headband or pillow. 

 These two photos are of a great Flax brand dress in a color that's hard to describe and the photos do not do it justice. It's a greenish blue heathery weave with a bit of iridescence to it. The whole dress is in excellent condition. Since there is so much material here, I hope to cut his down to a more stylish, but casual dress closer to my size. Any pattern ideas?

 This one is a corduroy LL Bean shirt in a
2X size, excellent condition. This one is destined
for my family summer cottage for family
wear on cool nights.


This Old navy dress is a great brown with metallic gold overlay. I may cut off the bottom for a cute skirt with a smocked waistline, for one of my many great nieces, then make a matching headband. Any other ideas?                        

Men's tuxedo shirt with great tucking.
This tucking will look great in something!
Another men's shirt in a coral/orange gingham.
This one is going to be a summer shirt for me!

These are just a few of the items of clothing I've found. I also find other useful things like a chicken waterer which I gave to my friend who sells eggs, appliances for some of our tenants, books for light reading (which always get returned for someone else's reading pleasure :)  Yesterday, DH found a Greist sewing machine attachment, not in the swap shop, but in the trash metal pile. I was sad to realize that the sewing machine that it came from had probably been trashed and taken to be sold for scrap metal. But I was glad to have saved this small piece.
 It says Greist "A" on it, but has no number. I know that it is a tucker, but don't know which machines it was made for, do you?


  1. There were a number of sewing machine manufacturers who used a top-clamping system for mounting their attachments. White, New Home, and National all used this type. Unfortunately, they don't interchange; the width of the fork varies, and while they may be close enough to allow mounting an attachment on a machine of another brand, the needle holes often don't line up. I've had both White and National machines, and couldn't switch the feet between them.

    Offhand, I'd venture a guess that this is for a White, since they were second only to Singer in the number of sewing machines sold in the US.

    1. Thanks for your comment (my first!) and your input. I've received similar opinions from others. Good to know if I decide to sell it.