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The Quilting Room Motherload

So I went to an auction.  The sale bill said lots of fabric.  The pictures online showed bolts and bolts of fabric.  It was a general store that was going out of business and selling off their stock.  We hemmed and hawed about going.  We couldn't decide if it was worth the trip or not.  Finally the night before the auction we decided it wasn't that far.  We needed to put some miles on the van after Paul had done some work on it.  We had to get groceries and the auction was just fifteen miles from there.   And really we run a quilting blog, bolts of fabric would be a great thing right?  We hit the vintage sewing machine motherload instead.  Nine sewing machines, NINE, we brought them all home, but there is some fabric too!

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So as you can see there isn't a bolt of fabric in that photo.  We went early to the auction.  We wanted to know if the there was anything worth sticking around for.  We saw some of the machines but really none of them really interested us.  The fabric bolts were nice and there were tons of bags and boxes of fabric.  What got us to stay though was a box of attachments.  Paul found a full set of attachments for his Anker RZ.  So I got a number because I knew we were coming home with that.

 My first purchase was a box of quilting books.  There's some neat ones in there and will probably turn into it's own blog post in the future.  It was $2 so even if I only find one book that inspires me it's worth the money.  A treadle sewing machine was auctioned off and went for more than we wanted to spend on it.  We have more than enough of those.  I found out later it went to a reenactor so I know it's going to be used.  Finally, we get to the piles of fabric.  Now, I promise I thought I was buying a choice of the pile.  No, I bought all those boxes and bags you see.  It was for all of it pole to pole.  At this point I figure it's my day because I spent $2 on all of it.  While I was doing a little looking I found a whole Dickens Christmas village.  That was well worth the $2 and made my mother in law very happy.

As Paul was hauling all that fabric out to the van and probably rethinking fixing the work van, he whispered in my ear, "Remember a kneebar for a 99 is $35 plus shipping."  So I figured that was my budget for the 99s.  I really wanted both of them.  The grandsons' love grandpa's 99 that's a hand crank.  The auctioneer started at $50 but no one bit, he dropped it all the way to $5 and I jumped.  No one bid against me.  So he let me have both for $5 each.  I caught Paul on his way back in to let him know the 99s were ours.  He said, "I don't care what you buy as long as I get that box with the Anker feet."

We got to the table with that box, I had seen a lot of people looking at the box full of sewing machine accessories, so I was worried.  The auctioneer announced that the bid would be for choice.  Bids were flying and going up higher than what I wanted to spend.  The guy in front of me turned around and said, "We are going for the baseball cards."  So I bowed out and let those guys go for it.  Next time up on that table I was back in and ran to $13.  Thank goodness those others were cheaper than I am.  I got Paul's box!!

At this point we are still planning on buying bolts of fabric.  At the back of the store were 7 more sewing machines.  One of them was a Bel-Aire.  Paul really wanted it.  It's very pretty and we don't have a Japanese machine named after a car.  I wanted the Singer 15 Clone.  It was in an OK cabinet.  The neat thing about it though was it said Singer in one spot and De-Luxe in another.  De-Luxe is the sign that it's not a real Singer but from Japan.  So we are waiting to see if we can get those two machines.  They get to where the Bel-Aire is and it's choice from the row.  First bid went for $20 and I was wondering which one of the four sewing machines the guy wanted.  He took the desk, I was so focused on sewing machines that I didn't notice the old school desk.  So the bid went up again.  Paul took it for $3, his first bid of the day, the auctioneer looks at me thinking I'll run this guy up.  I shook my head he sold it to Paul and Paul gave him my bidding number. The auctioneer giggled asked how many he wanted and he took all 4.  In that stack we got a Kenmore 117.552, two Dressmakers, and the Bel-Aire.  Next up is my clone, I took it for $3.  There was a Spartan, a cheaper version of the Singer 99, on the floor.  I got that one for $2 because no one would take it.  I didn't want it but I knew if no one took it they were pitching it.  Then we went to the corner, someone took the choice bid for $2.  The auctioneer asked if anyone wanted something from that corner.  I said does that include the cabinet and he said yep.  So I bought a Free Westinghouse Type E.  At this point we opted out of buying the bolts of fabric.

By the time we got the van loaded we both were exhausted.  We parked right by the door but we were in a heat advisory.  That means high heat and high humidity.  There was room in the van and room in the budget but no desire.  We knew we still needed to get groceries, so we really needed the room for that more than fabric.  Plus we knew we had to unload all of it when we got home.  So we headed back for the house.

I am counting this whole haul for business purposes.  I can blog about all of it right?  I've got machines to demonstrate how to use, a few need restored, and I don't know all the stuff I can make with the fabric I haven't even looked at.

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  1. Oh I love old machines. These will keep you busy cleaning and playing with them
    Do you eventually sell them on Ebay or locally?

    1. We don't sell them. We try to make a project on every machine we have. Some get used more than others but if someone says "I need a sewing machine" we have one for them. Or if their machine breaks down we can get them going again.

  2. Woweee! That's all I can say!!

  3. Wow, wow, wow! You did hit the motherlode! I hope you have some beautiful fabrics to use all those machines.