Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A visit to Nana's and Grandad's

Last weekend we went to Stoke-on-Trent to visit my in-laws. It was a very busy weekend and there were plenty of opportunities for pictures!  I like those kinds of weekends!  On the Saturday the weather wasn't very nice, so our activities kept us inside.  My MIL had a little mending to do.. so her sewing machine, which was manufactured in 1953, was dusted off for the task at hand. 



Our conversation led us to the topic of her old treadle machine (which when I looked up the serial number was made in May 1930).  I have always wanted to have a go and she cleared it off and set it up for an impromptu lesson.  At first I had a go with the tension off the fly-wheel and when she was confident I got the hang of it, we threaded it up and I sewed a few seams.  It was amazing! 



On Sunday morning the sun came out and the raindrops from the day before were glistening on the flowers.  Although the day started out misty you could tell the sun was going to win out and give us a proper first day of spring.







We took the children to the park where this duo sat by the water's edge.  It wasn't until I looked at the picture that I realized they both had their heads to one side...just what are they looking at?



And this duck waddled over to flirt with the camera!  Isn't he gorgeous?  (I'm assuming it is a male due to the curly feather on his tail)



(Now for the technical bit)  All these pictures were taken with my 1.8 50mm lens on manual focus.  I'm so thrilled I'm getting the hand of it!  I just can't get over how sharp the focus is on this lens...just fabulous!


Until next time...

23 comments:

maria said...

Wonderful photos. The sharpness of the images is wonderful. Spring is in the air.

Sue-Anne said...

Those photos are beautiful!

Jackie said...

The photos are just fabulous! The clarity is wonderful!

Bia, from Brazil said...

Nice sewing machine. Mine is older and it is ver very good. Much better than the electronic ones for straight sewing!
Nice pic of nice flowers and birds.

cozy quilter said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend! I also love to take my camera along most places I go. Your pictures are inspirational!

Stephanie said...

Your photos are beautiful. Love the little treasures...the Singer and the pretty flowers.

YankeeQuilter said...

You're not kidding about getting the hang of it! The photos are great!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! Your pictures are gorgeous Jane! I'm so impressed that you're getting that clarity on manual focus -- you go girl!!!

corry said...

Your pictures are wonderful Jane!

Janet said...

Your pictures are just beautiful!! I've always wanted to try sewing with a treadle machine - what fun!

Karen said...

I met a lady quite some years ago that used a treadle machine to repair antique quilts. She said that the stitch is different than with modern machines and she wanted an authentic stitch when doing the repair.

paula, the quilter said...

The stitch is different on a treadle -- it is nice and straight. Wasn't it fun to use the treadle machine? Love the photos.

Kitty said...

Er, excuse me, but I think you'll find it's YOU who is getting sharp focus on that lens - you're on manual, after all :p Well done Jane - they're stunning pictures.

By the way, I was taking shots of an old Singer like that just the other week!

x

Karen said...

Gorgeous photos. I can't believe you got so close to the ducks! Your focus is great. I can't do that; I must need to visit the eye doctor.

sewkalico said...

Great machines and gorgeous photos!

Taryn said...

The photos are gorgeous; all of them. Good for you mastering that treadle machine.

Joy said...

Jane I'm in love with those old sewing machines!!! They're just so beautiful!! I have an old 1952 (I think??) Singer Featherweight and it's got a straighter neater stitch than any of my newer machines ;o)!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Cathi said...

Your photos are fabulous -- beautifully sharp focus.
I would love to get a treadle sewing machine. There's something about the look of them that really intrigues me!

The Quilt Buddy said...

You are quite the photographer..:0)

Boyknitter said...

Absolutely fab photos with this post!
I also have an old singer, similar to your MIL's. I'd love to see it looking shiny and new but I wouldn't know where to start! Alas, the poor thing has been replaced by a younger model (isn't that always that case!) xx

Christy said...

Oh the Daffodils! I wish we were there to see them. Looks like you had a lovely weekend. :)

Ali Honey said...

The focus; the clarity showing the sheen on the ducks' feathers, is amazing. Well done!

Although they have their eyes open the ducks may have been sleeping, well dozing in the sun - very relaxed.

Leanne said...

Great snaps as always. I love my 50mm lens also. I can remember as a child sewing on a treadle machine and I remember breaking lots of needles.