Friday, January 16, 2009

The Perfect Pinker

One of my favorite things to do is accompany Mr. Squash when he goes out of town to conferences. What quilter doesn’t want the chance to visit another quilt shop?! We were in Eastern Washington about 9 years ago for a couple of days. I had already been to the quilt shops in the town which took up the first day, so this rather large antique mall next to the last quilt shop I had visited the day before looked pretty interesting! One space in the mall had a lot of vintage sewing items. Tucked away in a corner was the Florian Perfect Pinker! (In case you’re wondering, this was in drawer #54 of my quilting chest).

I knew it had something to do with pinking fabric, and really couldn’t figure out how it worked, but for $8.95 I thought what the heck! I took it home and still couldn’t get it to work, so I wrote to the company whose name was on the back of the instructions below:
About two weeks later I received a letter back from Marilyn Florian of Florian Products in Connecticut who had this to say:

“ Your “Perfect Pinker” is about 50 years old. We are the original manufacturers and will be happy to repair it. It sounds as if the pin assembly gear is worn out. We now produce the Florian Rotary Pinker with a new type of clutch assembly. This new clutch/gear assembly will replace your old one. As long as there isn’t anything else wrong with the Pinker, the charge for repairing it is $13.50, which includes return shipping. I, too, sew a great deal and would be lost without my Florian Rotary Pinker. I know you will have many years of pinking enjoyment and comfort with your Pinker.”

I really haven’t used it much yet, but I can see a lot of things it will be useful for - especially crafty things once we are retired and I have more time. What’s really neat about it is that it “grabs” the fabric once you start cutting and doesn’t let it go until you reach the end of your piece, so your pinking always has a continual edge rather than when you’re using shears and you have to be careful with your stops and starts. It takes a little getting used to (you can see in the first photo that I was a little off course toward the end of the cut), but really a fun tool!

13 comments:

Purple and Paisley said...

how cool is that? and even tho moving is such a headache? i love it (and trust me, i've done my share of moving)...the cleaning, the purging, the straightening, the discovering...☺

chris miller said...

My mom had one of those! Wonder if she still does. It was rather hard to use as I remember--maybe it needs a new clutch, too? :-)

PamKittyMorning said...

Wow that is cool. I'll have to look into that.

Stephanie said...

I like the continous edge. I have problems pinking with regular shears. What a great old tool!

Libby said...

I love a company that will stand behind its product . . . . even when they are 50 years old *s*

Carrie P. said...

That is a very interesting tool. So did you have to get it repaired too or was it just that you couldn't figure out how to use it? I think I would need an instruction sheet since I have not seen one of those before.

Anonymous said...

The perfect Pinker is right..how cute is that. I have a vintage Singer pinking machine that is small like a toy sewing machine, black like the little featherweights, clamps to the table and you turn a hand crank on the right side of the machine and run your fabric though. My Mom gifted me with it following a trip to New England. It is very special to me as well. Thanks for sharing.
Louise

*karendianne. said...

Candance, that's about one of the darndest things I've seen in a long time! Overall, a fascinating post ~ a real treat.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

wow how neat and how kind were they to help you.

Anita said...

I'm ashamed to admit how far behind I am in my blog reading...

That is a cool gadget! I love vintage sewing tools. I'm wondering what else is hiding in the drawers of your quilting chest. :)

Anonymous said...

We found one when going through my fiancees mothers things and it is awesome, love it so cute. Trying to find more history on it. Also loved the comment about a company that stands behind its products 50 years later, awesome company.

lizzie said...

My friend has just posted one of these as a mystery object on her blog www.lindiblog.blogspot.com and was very interested to be directed to your blog by another reader. She wondered if you would be willing to scan the instructions and email them to her please. Email textile@lindaclift.co.uk
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Recently found...and purchased...the Perfect Pinker in an antique shop in Whitesboro, Tx. It is in great shape and the pinking wheel is still sharp!