Junking Thursday

I enjoyed doing the last fabric aquisition post, so I thought I’d do another.

My $9 dollars netted me a good deal of fabric.  Most of it is not quiltable, but the bright strips on the right are, so is the center front.
I don’t know what I will do with the non quiltable – maybe tote bag prototypes.

Est. Yardage Gained

Quilt:   5

Other:  15

Daily Needle 12/4/09

On the last Wednesday of the month our local Value Village Thrift Stores have a half off everything sale.  It is usually very crowded at all 4 locations, but luck does happen.  September’s sale gave me the best find – an old Bernina 830 Record sewing machine.  Priced at $8.95, it was a true find, but I got it for $4.50!

When I got home with it, I cleaned and oiled it and could barely wait to see if it works.  YES! The stitches are much prettier than my Kenmore’s.  The belt needs adjustment, so I finally took it to a professional today.  He’s to call tomorrow.  I haven’t used it much, but I have used it and what a nice machine.  Reminds me of a volvo 240. It’s 50 lbs. of portability. Lugging that thing was hard, because a clasp on the carrying case is broken.

The day I got it I checked ebay for accessories, as mine only had one presser foot.  An auction ending the next day for a set of 7 feet in the original bernina accessory box was happening.  Got into a little bidding war, and the stress made me nuts, but i got it for 95 bucks.

So, for a total of about 130 dollars, I have a second machine I can dedicate to piecing and have my Kenmore (i have about 100 dollars invested in the Kenmore as well.) dedicated to free motion quilting.  This took about a year and a half to do.

Eventually, I will have my sewing machine page reflect all the machines I have.  I have a total of 6, 5 of which work.  Some are packed away and the non-working one is in my garage.  I am happy to have a reliable quilting machine and a second machine for piecing.


You never know what you’re gonna get.  My favorite local thrift store, Value Village, has bags of assorted fabric for sale.  I always check. This bag looked risky – I could only see 2 quiltable fabrics and the rest looked to be polyester.  But I really like one i could see, so for $6, this came home with me today.

Let’s see what I end up getting. Is it all crappy poly or was it a good find?

Some, actually very nice, sheer polyester prints I’ll donate to another thrift store from which I also get fabric.

What am I keeping? Was there any cotton? Yep. 11 different and at least 1/2 yard each.

A piece of canvas, fading on top with a very Dr. Seussian print on it.  Can’t really use it, but WOW, I like it.

All in all, my money was well spent, wasn’t it?


I shop regularly at half a dozen thrift stores.  Some of them i have been going to since i was a child.  My latest find is a well used bernina 830 record for $4.50.  That’s right, not even 5 bucks.  The machine works well, but was very dirty.  I am saving up to have a professional maintenance check done on it.  90% of my fabric stash has been acquired via thrift stores either as bags of fabric under 5 dollars or xtra lg men’s shirts under 2 dollars each.  100% of my yarn stash, which consists of a gamut of yarn choices including, but not limited to silk, linen, alpaca, and cotton.  About 50% is from repurposed sweaters and the other 50% comes from bags of skeins under 5 dollars each. I have more yarn than i’ll ever use and will probably sell some of it. If i ever get it really organized.  i go junking at least once a week, but i very rarely go to yard/garage sales.