My wife Liz and I are the District Directors of New Jersey Gold Wing Road Riders Association, an international motorcycling group whose motto is “Friends for Fun, Safety, and Knowledge”. A lot of our members are quilters, and when some of them from Chapter NJ-D asked if I would put on a “Featherweight Day” to go over maintenance procedures. I couldn’t resist, so it was on!
The event was planned for a Saturday afternoon, so it would follow the monthly gathering of NJ-D. Desi is a first responder, and was able to secure the use of her fire house. Liz and I assembled some cool “goody bags” that everyone there got to take home, with cool tools and supplies. One of our members, Judy, was invited to “try out” the Featherweight to see if she would like if before making a purchase. What she didn’t know is that we were conspiring against her and the machine she was working with was in fact her birthday present from Liz, Desi, and I! We even managed to keep it a secret from her husband Steve until the chapter gathering that morning. When he found out, he was all in and very excited. Sue, also a member of NJ-D, joined us with not one, but two Featherweights, and brought along a Willcox and Gibbs chain stitch machine for me to service (more on that in another post).
Interested in everything mechanical, Steve joined us at the fire house and was able to work on a spare machine we brought along. Judy had NO clue that she was working on her machine and kept on asking me if I was going to sell a machine (we brought four). Desi kept telling her “Oh, wait, see if you REALLY like one before you make that decision…”
Liz and I plan on doing this again, but next time, for a wider audience. We have a lot of coordinating to do…
This was soooooo much fun!