Anyway, how does this tie in with a vintage thingie, you ask....
In the process, I remembered that I had found THIS at a garage sale (for all of $1.00!) -- it's from 1985.
It's an "Easy Punch Automatic Embroidery Machine" and we'll just have to see how "easy" it is!!
I plan on trying it out for another punch needle project sometime in the not-too-distant future and see how the older "automatic" technique compares with the newer "by hand" technique. That is, if I can keep from letting it run off my fabric and onto my fingers!!
This one is battery operated but has an adapter for electricity -- alas, the adapter was not included in my find. The instructions say that it goes faster with electricity though, so it's probably good that I only have the battery power!
Whoa! Looks like a submarine -- or a happy dolphin!
According to the brochure, the "automatic 'walking' needle ensures close, even stitching" -- I hope so, because that was the hardest part of doing the punching by hand. I had a tendency to lift the point of the needle off the fabric and that was a clear mistake! The backside of the work should look like small, even stitches..... didn't happen for me!
So, when I get around to using this smart little device, I'll show you my gorgeous project (which, of course, I know it will be)!! Just be aware that it (and I) may become even more vintage before that day comes!
Just for fun, here's the one I just completed using the newer "by hand" technique!!
♥♥♥ Linking my Punch Needle to Vintage Thingie Thursday over at Colorado Lady. Hop on over to find more vintage thingies!!