I'm still dithering about the decals on the painted Singer 27, so while you are waiting for that let me tell you about the great time we had at the recent NC TOGA (Treadle On Gathering and Academy). Here's what this TOGA is all about.
First, no one wears togas. Too bad really, that would add to the fun.
It is a geekfest for those of us who love people-powered sewing machines: treadles and hand cranks.
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It's a swap meet. I sold six sewing machines and didn't buy any. For me this is a huge win, because I really need to thin the herd. I did bring one home, but more about that later.
It's a chance to admire other people's sewing machines. One large room is devoted to sewing, and a few people volunteer to teach a simple technique or project. I now badly crave a mocha and dark beige Singer 201 natural born hand crank. You can see the object of my desire to the extreme left front of the photo, which does not do it justice.
The sanctuary is draped in quilts, all made (at least partially) on people powered machines.
We swap quilt blocks, also made on people powered machines. Here you see my friend Linda and her adorable daughter Naomi working on Naomi's blocks. I have Linda's permission to show photos of Naomi.
There are optional side trips. I skipped the trip to Mary Jo's fabric store this year because I went there with my guild in March and my wallet has not recovered yet!
But I did go to Harry Berzak's private museum of antique sewing machines. Hundreds and hundreds of sewing machines. This is just one row of them in one room. There were three or four rooms. I was drunk with sewing machine lust after a while which is why I don't know if it was three or four rooms, or maybe even more.
The lion is a sewing machine. Yes, it really is. Naomi and I both liked this one a lot.
Lots of toy sewing machines also. Lots. And lots. This is just a sample.
Mr. Berzak was a charming host.
This machine is one of his recent acquisitions, and it was originally covered in grime with no hint of the mosaic of mother of pearl beneath.
I could go on and on and on. But time to get back to the TOGA.
We finish up with a raffle of sewing related stuff donated by the attendees.
Naomi helped Susan Mullis, hostess for this annual event, draw the raffle tickets. Thanks, Susan, for all of your efforts.
I took a child sized ironing board and spent a couple of days trying to give it to Linda for her little girls. She claimed that she had no room for it so I donated it to the raffle. Then Linda gave Naomi some raffle tickets. Guess who won the ironing board? Mwahahaha.
I put a $1 ticket in the bag for a sewing machine and won it. It's a beige 15 clone with a dis-assembled tensioner. I don't think many people wanted it. I'm not really sure why I did, but if I can't get the tensioner back together I'm sure it has more than $1 worth of parts on it.
The best parts of the TOGA: the people of course. I had a lovely time earlier in the week with another formerly imaginary friend (but forgot to ask permission to mention her name). Then Linda arrived and I also got to hang out with her and her friends.
And Naomi. The best part of all was hanging out with Naomi.