Friday, April 22, 2011

old blue




Take a look at this beauty. This is the vintage industrial quilting machine that I found on Craigslist a couple of weeks ago. It's a Cornely, approximately 50 years old, and I'm bringing it home tomorrow. Swoon...





The current owner bought it from a company in Indiana that she used to work for, where she constructed and quilted high-end comforters. When the company moved their manufacturing out of the county, the owner purchased the machine and has had it since. She doesn't quilt much anymore so she's selling it--lucky me! She was also kind enough to spend three hours last Sunday teaching me how to use and clean the machine. I took lots of photos and notes so I can remember what to do when I get it home!






Old Blue sews only a chain stitch. Check out this needle, which is actually open like a crochet hook instead of closed with an eye like a standard sewing machine needle.






I'm seriously impressed with the stitching that Old Blue does. Here's a little practice piece I quilted on it. I can't wait until I really get the hang of using the machine to see what I can come up with!







It's really a pretty basic, but incredibly solid, machine. But, I still took lots and lots of photos so I can reference them if needed. I'm sure they will come in handy when I go to switch the thread.











Wish us luck with the move tomorrow. Old Blue is on the third floor of her house and it's heavy!

16 comments:

Mike said...

Congratulations! Looks like a lot of fun. I'm from Northern Indiana...wonder if this beauty is from my area.

Happy Easter!!

VeganCraftastic said...

Whoa, what a cool find!

H2Ogirl said...

wow. .this is an amazing find. I can't wait to see what you do with old blue.

mommieof4munchkins said...

She is beautiful! I can't wait to see what you do with her!

Heide said...

I tested a nice straight-stitch only machine last weekend, a big ol' solid workhorse. It was big and heavy and just felt so SOLID. I am seriously considering getting that for quilting and keeping my Brother that has a free-arm for garments, stretch stitches etc. This old blue guy looks like a beauty -- enjoy!

Andrea Pisano said...

felicitaciones.. que disfrute de la maquina

beanie g said...

Heather, that's awesome. What a find. Congrats, can't wait to see what it can do (not that your quilts need more, though)!

Alissa said...

Awesome machine! I can't remember who told me about a trick where if you need to change the thread you just break the old thread (still threaded in the machine) and knot it to the new thread which you then pull through until it's threaded! Does that make sense? Someone told me they do this with their long arm so that they never need to completely rethread it. Perhaps that would be easier than checking your photos a bunch!

Anonymous said...

Hola! Hope you know what you've got there (the chain forms on the underside of the fabric and is the feature stitch so you stitch from the back of your item to see the chain on the front) - what a beauty! LUCKY girl!

Regina said...

Wow! Have fun! I've seen a lot of those on Craigslist but I can't work up the nerve to try one (not to mention the space it would take up). How nice of the owner to spend so much time showing you how to use it! That's priceless.

Sara said...

OH so happy for your find--that is super great!! Have FUN:)

pat sloan said...

incredible!! I've always been fascinated by industrial sewing machines

pat sloan said...

incredible!! I've always been fascinated by industrial sewing machines

Holly said...

Ooooo, super cool and scary all at the same time!!

Jerry Lee said...

That's fantastic! While the old Cornely's can be used for quilting thier primary purpose is for chainstitch embroidery. The long arm machines like yours would have been used specifically for embroidering drapes. Your machine can also be adapted to do chenille embroidery. I run the only online discussion group for chainstitch embroidery machine users:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chainstitch/
Hope you'll join! Lots of info on using and maintaining these great machines!

Samelia's Mum said...

Great find! Enjoy playing with Old Blue :-)

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