Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Shy of 100 YEAR old SEWING tool.....? *( ragdolls) What lasts this long anymore? of and yes another PURRRFECT day!


How could I possibly have gotten by without this tool?
Shy of almost 100 years old, this pretty amazing TOOL.....has
made my stitching efforts an absolute breeze.

I have had pinking shears forever, the one thing that has always bothered
me about them, I have 4 pairs, is you cannot sharpen them , they are very hard
on your hands if you are trying to pink bigger projects and I did not have this tool?
                WEllllll, over the holidays, I did not just locate one of these fine VINTAGE pieces
but 2 of them....Can you imagine that...and within days of one another from 
2 different sources and both identical, both in perfect condition.

You would swear they were just made. Problem is things today are not
built to last....In fact an observation this past year, we have replaced 
a stove, a washer and a dishwasher, all of them superior makes and all of
them only 7 years old.



This Pinking tool never needs sharpening as it cuts ( this is a piece of monaco linen) 
that I stitch all of my needlework on, is cut by the pressure of the crank.
there is a guide on it too, and it cuts perfectly straight in SECONDS...


Here are both of these fine tools. they even came with their original clamps.
Solid steel. not aluminum,  but STEEL. 

Again both of these are nearly 100 years old. 
So tell me what would you pay for a TOOL that will outlive you?
A tool that will still be around for centuries, all it will ever need is some
TLC and someone who appreciates a great find....

Yep, I found 2 of them, and one of them is already secure on my table 
and has been used almost daily since last year..( by the way that was just days ago wink)

How did I ever get by without ONE....
Kind of like my sweet new family members..
How did we ever get by without these little creatures...

This was yesterday, I was putting away the village, 
and Sumo jumped into this box, thinking it was possibly a litter box.....

He did ask me......even raised his paw to get my attention...



NOOOOOOOO, sweet fur ball...don't you dare? lol

He is such a RIOT......

So I sent him for a time out.....


This is a bed table...the ends are for magazines...I was putting 
it downstairs in my office....He took it upon himself to jump in..
and actually for about an hour both Sumo and Monchat 
found a new toy.....lol

How they thought they could get in and out with ease is beyond me....lol
Again, living with these boys is an absolute RIOT! 


Of course what one does, the other has to try too....Sumo wanted to be sure he would stay
because......

He wanted you to see, if one is in trouble so is the other...

TIME OUT TOGETHER!

I actually stop everything when they are UP and just watch them 
from the eye of my camera....I LOVE my new ROLE! 

Now anyone who  knows CATS, know  they don't do stuff like this...
How did I end up with a couple of comedians? 

Realllllly, David and I are always laughing at their antics....

They do slow down in fact, every couple of hours.
Here is Monchat cuddling my David for almost 2 hours...
he needed to be touching him..David was afraid to move...lol


and then he awakes, and the adventures begin all over again...
 And then there was an INTEROGATION!

I really think they were planning what to do today when I am out
at some business meetings for our Muffin to Lose business...
( all of our prices are lower) up to $50.00 in fact!
We have been pretty busy on that front too...seems everyone 
has muffins in mind for their weight loss plan this year...
We have heard from hundreds who keep losing weight...
BONUS! and congrats to them all! 
Thank Goodness , I don't have to worry about the Boys....
as long as there is food...everyone is happy....

Cat food for them of course....wink..
You know it is nice to be HOME and being a FULL time Parent Keeper it 
has been one of the most pleasurable roles I have had in a long time...

 I am so pleased that I have a camera  with back up batteries too..
I would just hate to miss these shots....


This was yesterday, I was doing all the legal paper work for customs...
Monchat was sitting by my keyboard when he got up....
and certainly got my attention...
 He loves the camera and he has such
a distinctive character... 

You just have to be prepared , which I am ....I am seriously considering a BOOK, 
or at least a Calendar...wink..
And we are only on day 3!

Off to sleep I go, I have a very long day tomorrow...
I have a sitter coming over, I wonder if HE can take PICS lol



53 comments:

  1. What a nice and useful thing! A real treasure!

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    1. I always say we are only as good as our tools...lol

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  2. Aww little fur babies are so cute..I love looking at their sweet faces and their lovely fun play time ..kisses xx

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    1. Hi cucki, well just imagine seeing them live..this is the next best thing

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  3. Love the picture of Monchat stretched out next to David. He looks so lo-o-ong. My best old tool is my grandmother's featherweight sewing machine. Made in 1948 and still sews like a dream. Thanks for the sweet pictures of the babies.

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    1. yes he is 24 inches long from nose to tail....although body wise he is still very small..he was really stretched here and so comfortable...they just had breakfast so they are like cyclones this morning lol. and I too have a 1940's although I think mine is '42...and it too works like a dream...I don't think any of us will be able to say that amount any machine made today....I have already replaced 3 machines in the past few decades that have completely worn out....and Charlotte, love sharing them..

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  4. Cuddles to kitties- they bring my morning smile. I can imagine you smiling all day at their antics. Adorable.

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    1. Hi Ms Retiree.....you have time now to do that...you need a CAT lol

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  5. It is nice to have a reminder of when things were made with class. I doubt anything made these days will even be around... little lone work 100 years from now. Everything seems so disposable. What a treasure to have not only for its usefulness, but a reminder of times when life was different.

    Your kittens are so funny. It is pretty neat to see such personality captured in your photos...it is the next best thing to having our own you know. Love the visits. We are like grandparents. We get all the highlights with none of the responsibility... but then again, you get all the cuddles... not fair.

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    1. Ohhh I could not agree more....i am so tired of purchasing high end things and them crashing right after their warranty, and some don't even have the parts anymore, so you have to purchase new...each new one is less sturdy than the other....ohhhh you can tell it drives me crazy..and then you have this wonderful machine and nearly 100 years old it is sturdy, nice looking, and you know it will likely last another 100 years ....
      And yes you can all be Grand Ma-tantes.... Great Aunts, you can feel the love they send to you ..x

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  6. Ohhh I saw one of those at an antique store. Didn't buy it though. Probably should have. The cat photos are a HOOT!

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    1. Most have no idea what they are or if they work, I am here to tell you they are fantastic and they crank with ease and their job is perfect....x oh those cats wink..

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  7. Oh my gosh! What a lot of fun. I would never get anything done. Busy little boys.
    Your pinking machines are very interesting. I agree with you about pinking shears.
    Who knew there was such a machine. Have another fun filled day. Waiting for the next adventure.

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    1. It has been hard Mary I am telling you....I find if I don't rest when they rest though, I am totally worn out....and yes those pinking machines..so darn useful....xx

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  8. Love those new tools...and of course the fur babies too.

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    1. Hi Gracie....tools and babies...so what else have I been doing you ask LOL

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  9. Awww they are just so cute. Pierro is blue and white too.
    Boys are going to make you laugh a lot. We are always laughing here too because Miles and Pierro run atound like their tails are on fire
    Happy Day!

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    1. Ohhh RosemaryBhere, we laugh constantly, I am in awe actually and my cheeks hurts from smiling at them...YOU know what it is like...they are napping now AGAIN, which is my time to work here for a few minutes and get supper ready..

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  10. Oh, i want I want
    One of those pinking musheens

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    1. they are pretty amazing ....take a peak on ebay and craigs list....I actually found one in Tx and the other in Ontario Canada....both identical design..

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  11. I want one too.!!I agree that the old tools are usually best!
    Monchat is hilarious! You will have so much fun with your three "babies"!

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    1. LETS' say this..I have now 36 of you who want these....of all the tools out there, this is really one that simply makes sense and gets the job done perfectly..and yes Monchat...he is a character..has a great teacher in Sumo

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  12. That pinking machine is fabulous! That would be so handy for garment construction. I am going to have to research for one of them. The older machines are so well built - just like the sewing machines - simple and practical.

    Those kitties are so beautiful and I can tell you are both having a blast watching their playfulness. Love the one with David!

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    1. yes yes yes that pinking machine is better than my serger....i love my seams pinked, this will work with suedes, minkies, flannels, cottons, denims...that is what I have tried and bonus, it can also be used on card stock and it does not hurt the blade...again it is all about pressure...and yes Monchat has taken such a fine love fest with David and he is thrilled...however when he is gone , both want to spend time with me ,lot's of loving come from these two...

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  13. Those babies are just way too beautiful!! I wouldn't get much done in a day because of watching them! A pinking machine? Who knew! not me...never heard or saw one.

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    1. GOOD MORNING ROBBIE, well another new page to the chapter of these new babies...they change so much and will continue for the next 2 years, I don't want to miss a thing, hence trying to get things done that does not involve them 100% Small price to pay for such joy. They just had breaky and business duties now it is play time again. They are like whirlwinds.... And the pinking machine, my Nan had one ... I had been looking for one on and off for years...then found 2...The other got spoken for quickly...they are such an asset..

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  14. Oh how I love your Pinking tools which I have never seen before. I do know the pinking shears and struggles they can cause. Sumo and Monchat are quite the duo. No dull days at your home Cat Madame. 2016 will be such an amazing year...

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    1. HI Sherry, seems like many are in the same boat...but if you tried one, you would be surprised at how you can apply it to almost everything, even paper stock...Pinking shears are hard on the hands...and you don't get as straight line as this new tool.( old tool) ...and you are so right...dull days..not that I have ever had any...but now....it is like waking up to JOY every single day ..

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  15. Hi Sam,
    I have never ever seen that tool before. Looks helpful and great and vintage!

    And oh - I love your cats. They are soooo sweet. I really can imagine how amazing your life now must be that you have the two of them.
    Looking forward to more pictures of your riot boys haha!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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    1. Helllllo Hilda....nice to see you it seems since last year I heard from you ( laughing here)
      and yes this tool really is remarkable, I guess you would have to see it working to believe it...it is effortless and the results are perfection. and our kittens...every day I wake up to their purring and kisses and head bumps and I feel so much joy in my heart...xx and riot boys is a perfect name for them xx

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  16. Your definitely having a fun time with those cute kitties. What is this tool called, vintage pinking tool? I have never seen one. If I had I didn't know what it was.

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    1. every day is a gift Theresa...who knew that so much JOY could come from these wee tiny creatures...and this pinking tool...is just that a pinking machine...1930's I believe, there are a few out there, the ones that work run from 149.00 to 185.00. There are cheaper ones, but they are missing parts and where to do you get parts from the 30's/ lol

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  17. Smile!! I love those cats and their caprioles!!
    I have never seen these tools!

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    1. Good Day Chris, yes our "riot cats" are full of personality and energy.
      This Pinking machine was designed in the early 1930's, they were so well casted, that they work today like they were made yesterday...the prices are above...The ones that are less expensive are missing clamps, blades and handles....and there is really no where to locate them ...

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  18. The cats are simply gorgeous, and your photos of them, well, and cat lover would run out to buy a calendar featuring these beauties! I have a very old ruffler somewhere here in my "compilation" of sewing goodies, that came as an attachment with my Riccar sewing machine, that had cams go down in, and are not replaceable. No worries there, since I have my beautiful Bernina machine won through you! The ruffling tool did come in quite handy for making pretty dresses for my youngest daughter when she was little. And so, I agree, you are only as good as your tools, I would have never attempted yards of ruffled skirts back then without it! You found not one, but two treasures! These pinkers are actually popular collectables here where I live. We have 12 antique stores in one very tiny, short block, in our town of 1,100. You can probably look us up online, @ Hazelantiques in Hazel, Ky. Sewing birds are a popular item as well, I'm sure you must have one? They were used to hold your hand work, and attach to a tables edge with a C clamp like your new tools!

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    1. Hi Christel...thanks for bringing up the sewing bird and updates...and I do not have one of them. Still not sure how and why one would need one ...but they look nice...At least with my pinking machine, I do use it every day..in fact I used it today for cutting some fleece...
      and our riot boys....they were up to it again this am....they move so fast you can lose your footing around them xx

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  19. I have never seen a pinking machine. That is a cool item. I love coming to check on the kitties, always good for smiles. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. I hear you , many haven't either....but it is really a tool you would use every time you sew something it does such a precise job....and you are welcome, indeed my pleasure..we have been at vets these past couple of days for check up and vaccinations...and insurance companies..

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    2. I hear you , many haven't either....but it is really a tool you would use every time you sew something it does such a precise job....and you are welcome, indeed my pleasure..we have been at vets these past couple of days for check up and vaccinations...and insurance companies..

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  20. I've never heard of that either and I'm certainly going to keep my eyes open for one at the flea markets and antique places. Love the pictures of course.

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    1. I think you are the norm Michele, I have seen them on etsy and ebay, but be forewarned, ask about "about blade, does it have a handle, does it work, does it have a clamp" very hard to find parts from something from the turn of the century...cost is anywhere from 149-185 that I have seen....and yes our riot boys...x

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  21. What an interesting tool Samm - you don't see things like that very often any more. Adorable pictures...your boys are certainly clowns! blessings, marlene

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    1. Not only interesting, it works like a dream, I use it almost every day for something....and the riot boys...welllllll they are clowns too lol

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    1. Hi Karen....it is quite compact and takes little room in my studio...worth every cent

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  23. Hi Samm, I sent an email with photos of the sewing birds I was talking about. Sent it to your @me address :) xoxo Christel

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    1. yes I got them with so much gratitude ,sweet lady ...got your note..

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  24. disregard that..teehee I see now, you already replied about that! xoxoxo Me

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  25. Aw, I love looking at your cute furry babies at this post! I agree that vintage tools are the best; they are really durable and last for a very long time! Sadly, they don’t make these things as they used to as before.

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    1. nice to se you kristine...so agree with you

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  26. Has anyone every done a Spanish themed blog hop? Our home is in the process of being remodeled and it is in the Spanish revival style. I'm looking for some fresh new ideas to incorporate into our home.
    Rosemary

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    1. Rosemary, wish i could help...sounds delighful....try houzz...there is all kinds of inspiration there..

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