Thursday, August 4, 2022

 Skandinaven Treadle Sewing Machine, patent date is 1892, and the serial number under the front slide plate is 1,014,548.  

Farmer John is doing some research for me, and he believes it may have been manufactured by Goodrich Sewing Machine Company of Chicago, Illinois.  He has some reference books, and will contact me soon to confirm this was a Goodrich Sewing Machine.  I understand from an article I read last night the Goodrich Sewing Machine company made badged machines for many distributors.

This machine is displayed at the Eliason cabin now relocated to the Scandinavia, Wisconsin village park.  I became acquainted with this machine only a few days ago.  The coffin top lid was locked, but it was gently persuaded to open by means of a narrow flat head screwdriver, (the original key is missing).

Yesterday I  spoke with Julie Hale of the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa.  I asked her if she knew anything about the Skandinaven sewing machine.  She said she would look to see what she can find and get back with me.

Today, Julie sent me the following email:

Dear Linda,

Thank you for the photos. We have a sewing machine in our collection with "Skandinaven" on it (photos attached). The record states that it was given by the Skandinaven newspaper in Chicago. This was a Norwegian-American newspaper that ran from 1866-1941. Ours is patented Feb. 16, 1892. I don't know if this was some kind of promotion the newspaper did or something else.

We have another sewing machine with "Decorah Posten" on it made by the National Sewing Machine Co. This one was a premium given by Decorah Posten newspaper (another Norwegian-American newspaper). "In the 1890s Anundsen arranged with a sewing machine manufacturer to sell his product under the name "Husvennen" [household friend]...a person could receive Decorah-Posten for one year and a sewing machine at a bargain price of $22.25." (Odd Lovoll, NAHA Studies, vol. 27.)

Maybe Skandinaven had a similar arrangement with a sewing machine company.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Julie Hale

My friend and restorer Jerry Johnson did the initial cleaning and oiling of the machine.  I talked with him last evening and he said the machine is stitching beautifully.  

Next clue: the current needle in the sewing machine sews very well.  I will be sending that needle to Farmer John so he can take measurements and prescribe a current-day match, so we'll have some needles on hand for this Skandinaven sewing machine in the future.  Farmer John said, the #26 needle tubes I found in the drawer are not the correct size needle for this machine.  

Skandinaven - American Norwegian Newspaper, Chicago Illinois
1866 to 1941

The Skandinaven was established by three Norwegian immigrants: John Anderson, Knud Langeland and Iver Lawson.  John Anderson administered the business side of the newspaper, Iver Lawson was the loadlord who provided a location and facilities.  Knud Langeland was the first editor of the Skandinaven.  

Above Photo:  you can see on the side of the building: Daily Skandinaven.

Monday, May 2, 2022


A recent quilt I made with watery soft colors.  Please let me know if you like this one.  It is a queen size quilt made from leftover 1/4 and 1/2 yard remnants from other projects.  

Thursday, June 24, 2021

A Change In The Weather - Queen Size Quilt


June started out with such beautiful weather.  BUT, the last part of June is turning cold.  How cold?  Was down to low 40s last night.  I turned on the furnace.

Seems appropriate to call this quilt "A Change In The Weather".  Found some dandy music, too.  I love to dance.  I tried twerking one time . . . Jon laughed and laughed.

Friday, January 29, 2021

More Scrappy Delights--Little Purses

A couple more padded, zippered cross-body purses made this week.  Finished size 8" x 12"

Usually I harvest legs from pairs of blue jeans, but this time I received a nice piece of duck cloth with a multi-denim print from a friend.  Not much difference in the weight of the cotton duck fabric vs. cotton denim blue jeans.  A good experiment.

From another pair of jeans I harvested a back pocket.  Lined the pocket, then framed with fabric strips.  The body of the purse is 3 layers, duck cloth exterior/batting padded/cotton print lining.  

Padding gives the purse shape, and an appreciated weight.  It is durable, and won't stretch out of shape.  Made to look good and last a long time.

I machine stitched decorative diamonds in a vibrant orange on the front pocket.  And, added a hand-painted wooden heart.  

The colorful fabric band (located above the pocket) was secured with machined blanket stitching--each spaced stitch bite has a hand-sewn 6/0 glass bead.   I like using stacked fabrics to make a durable yet flexible carrying strap.  I did all the decorations before add the zipper and sewing up the side seam.  

The handmade polymer clay beads were baked in the oven, and later glazed using a liquid sealer (dipping method), and hung to dry. 

My signature zipper pull:  It is easy to string the beads on 20 lb. hemp cord and attach to the zipper pull.  It is fun to zip a handful of beads.  

Another purse . . . 

My bead glazing method is quite simple . . . 

Glazing Beads for my Purses:

Clear Pledge Revive It Floor Cleaner is a perfect glaze.  Nice satin finish.  I use a double strand of No. 10 crochet thread to string on the polymer clay beads with "smaller" plastic bead spacers.  The spacer bead keeps the polymer clay beads from sticking together.  

After dipping into the glaze, I put a pin through the loop I made on the crochet thread and hang to drip dry on my thrift shop lamp shade.  A plastic bag catches the drips.  

Thank you for visiting me today.  


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Singer Logo - Denim Pouch


I found the flash drive for my Babylock Elegante embroidery machine in the utility drawer.  I hadn't used the embroidery machine in such a long time.  

On the flash drive was a design file for a Singer sewing machine badge--a design I've never used.  I don't remember when/where I bought it.  But it seemed like a good idea to try it out now.

I deconstructed a pair of blue jeans--material to make the body and strap.  The pouch is lined with red/blue accent fabric, padded with leftover batting trimmings from quilts I make. 

I cut (2) 2" wide denim strips--folded edges to the center and zig-zag stitched to make 1" wide carrying strap, 46" length.

Decorated body and strap with the red/dark blue cotton fabric.  I hand rolled polymer clay (Premo) to make beads for the beaded zipper pull.  Baked the beads in the oven at 265 degrees F for 30 minutes.  Strung beads on 20# hemp cord.  

And there you have it, a delightful Little Purse.  I will have lots of fun/free video tutorials for you to review on my new website Linda Lu Sewing--to be launched in April 2021.  Stay tuned for more details.  


Saturday, December 12, 2020

North Bedroom Upstairs - Revisited

The north bedroom upstairs features three cut-away windows located on the front of the house.   
The Tiffany style lamp is perfect for this room.

I refreshed/repainted the floors, changing them from a painted 1940s butterscotch color, to a rich expresso, and area room rug for warmth.  

I made the drapes.  And yards and yards of piping for the hem of the drapes, but the fabric being so stiff didn't allow for the piped hem to puddle.  Bummer.  

Oh My Goodness--what to do with 6 yards of piping?  So I divided the piping into (6) one-yard pieces and made tie-backs for the drapes.

Detail of the fabric I purchased to make the North Bedroom drapes.  

Let me tell you how I decided colors for the rooms.  First, it depended upon what drapery fabric I could find on sale.  I liked this one the best.  

After I found the fabric,  I matched the wall color paint to the drapery fabric.  The bluish gray sheer fabric also shown in the above photo I did not end up using because I found off-white ready made sheers with a matching pattern like the drapery fabric.

 I still have that big bundle of the bluish-gray sheer fabric. so I inserted it into the bathtub, with Slim (our 6 ft. decorative skeleton)  and made it look like water covering him.  On top of the sheer fabric I put some prism Christmas garland to look like Slim soaking in a bubble bath.  It was really a funny set-up for our guests during the annual Halloween Victorian House Tour and Craft Show.  

(above photo) Visitors who stayed over too long

This chandelier hung in the dining room 50 years.  I re-wired and Jon re-hung it in the North Bedroom upstairs.  I took this photo before we had installed Crown Molding through out the upstairs. 

Here's the North Bedroom after we moved into the house.  I removed all the wallpaper (walls and ceiling).  Jon drilled holes in the walls to blow-in insulation.  

We kept the original windows with wavy glass through-out the house, but installed storms and screens on the outside.  Insulation and storms and screens were important decisions we made to keep the house warmer and cooler.  And, it made heating the house more affordable, as well as dampening the noise from outside.  Much appreciated diminished noise during snowmobile season (zing, zing, zing, zing), and mowing during the warm months.  

Jon  installed new ceiling and I did all the skim coat plastering on the walls.  Once the skim coat was complete, the walls were as smooth as a baby's butt.  Then a coat of Zinzer 123 primer, and two coats of Polish Pewter (Valspar) satin finish.

I auditioned several table side lamps for the North Bedroom.  

This is a lampshade I recovered with toile fabric.  Later I added two layers of fringe.

Here is the lampshade when I finished it.  You know--covering an old lampshade is quite easy.  Someday soon I will do a tutorial on it for my new website Linda Lu Sewing that is launching in 2021.

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