3: Following the Thread with WK Binger
Episode 3 // WK BINGER
TRT 1:01:01 - 9/1/18
In this episode, we go beyond & back with WK Binger.
He’s owned a tree removal service for over 30 years but recently he opened the Vintage Sewing Center & Museum in Tulsa Oklahoma. Yes, you read that right.
On a recent trip to Tulsa, I decided to find the vintage sewing machine museum my aunt had told me about. I knocked on the door of what looked like a residential home. When a man with a grand mustache answered, I have to admit I thought I was in the wrong place. But as we’ll find out, WK Binger is a unique individual.
Sewing is very dear to my heart, in fact I named my company Featherweight Studio after my 1948 Singer Featherweight sewing machine. But this episode is not just for sewing enthusiasts. I invite you to slow down and listen and open your mind. This episode may inspire you to take a left turn creatively and remind you it’s never too late to learn something new. In fact, if you don’t try new things you might miss out on part of your calling.
It’s about falling in love with a machine and giving back to a community.
It’s about creating without fear and being open to following the thread to see where it takes you.
It’s also about opening doors, because when I opened the door to the vintage sewing center & museum I had no idea what I was in for.
He just wanted to upholster his boat and go fishing, and a year and a half later he’s the founder of the Vintage Sewing Center & Museum — which is now open in Tulsa Oklahoma.
I hope that listening to this episode inspires you to open your mind or to open a new door — listen to someone or something you might not normally listen to, learn a completely new skill, maybe give something away, or somehow challenge yourself to find that edge of failure and see how it opens up your creativity.
I’ve been guilty of talking myself out of many things, many ideas and opportunities. But if we just follow the thread of our creativity, what might unfold? Where might we find ourselves, a year and a half from now?
AUDIO featured in this episode:
- Theme music by Davíd Garza
- My own recordings of vintage machines from the museum:
- Wilcox and Gibbs chainstitch 1928
- Wheeler & Wilson W-9 1889
- Samantha (7-33)
- "The Sewing Machine" by Betty Hutton with Joe Lilley and His Orchestra and Vocal Group