Friends, first a rant: If there's anything I can't stand it's poor communication from online sellers, which I've experienced twice in the last week. First there was the Etsy seller who sent me the wrong housecoat pattern, then told me she'd send the right one out the Monday before last. When it hadn't arrived by Friday, I reached out to her and she said: Sorry Peter this week has been crazy with our Spring Break (kids). I
pulled the pattern from my stash of "On Etsy" patterns and then set it
down somewhere and I'm frantically searching for it! I will try and
send it out today - I am SO SORRY!!!! I'm usually not this frazzled...
That's what they all say. So, to review, she said she'd mail it Monday, still hadn't by Friday, but hadn't thought to communicate this to me. Finally, I asked for a reimbursement and ordered the pattern elsewhere. She reimburses me and then writes: I can only hope I did send out the pattern Monday (or Tuesday) and
will arrive tomorrow or Monday as I can't find it! This week just has
been crazy hectic.
So now she's saying she actually might have sent it after all! P.S. It never arrived (which is just as well). BTW, this is the pattern we're talking about; it's not rare or anything.
Meanwhile, remember the sewing machine I won on eBay last Wednesday? Well I paid for it minutes after the auction and I haven't received any word from the seller. It should arrive this week but I'd like a delivery confirmation number, is that too much to ask? So I emailed her yesterday morning and so far nothing. Are my expectations unrealistic, readers?
So I might as well tell you what the machine is -- actually a few people already guessed correctly. It's a Singer 66K with Lotus decals from 1920. It comes in a more modern (50's-era?) case, but I prefer that to those clunky wooden boxes they originally came in. Here's a pic:
My intention is to convert it to a handcrank. I ordered an aftermarket hand crank from Jenny at Sew-Classic (with shipping it came to just $21.35 -- best price out there) and it arrived yesterday.
I couldn't wait so I attached it to the Singer 66 in my treadle table this morning. Friends, it took 15 seconds to attach (all I had to do was displace the treadle belt, which I do every time I close the table by pulling the little doohicky near the wheel, and screw it on.
Seconds later I was hand cranking! Three stitches per rotation, same as the treadle (the hand wheel is exactly the same).
See that little "finger" that sits between the spokes? That's what rotates the wheel. And the finger flips back, so if you want to revert to treadling, you don't have to remove the hand crank. Clever, no?
I must say that the finish quality on this Chinese-made crank is sad -- tragic, really, when compared to the vintage machine it's now attached to -- but it does work perfectly well. I was surprised at how easy it is to use; I didn't miss having my right hand free to control the fabric at all. And of course, due to the slow speed, it's easy to be extra-precise. Whether one will eventually suffer from repetitive motion strain is anybody's guess.
In closing, readers, I'm hoping this week brings my new Singer 66K and my long-awaited pattern. Meanwhile, I'm ready for post-apocalypse sewing -- woo hoo!
Question: If you're an online seller yourself (on Etsy, ebay, or elsewhere), do you communicate promptly, or only when absolutely necessary? (Enquiring minds, and all that....)
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!