Saturday, 30 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
I am addicted to the new Singer and have been nosing through my mum's fabric stash. She has some wonderful fabrics- the Moda Rawhide collection being one of them. I have spent this afternoon making some 6" sawtooth patchwork patches, which I think look fab! I really feel like a girl from another era using this machine!
My good friend Helena has jetted off to a new life in Philly and she bought this fabric to make the skirt named after her. She didn't have time and donated the fabric to me, along with copious other textile goodies! So.... I thought I would make this for her as a Christmas present- let's hope she's too busy in her new job to check my blog. I'm no good at secrets and wanted to share with you!
Check out the beautiful engraved steel detail!
Sewing the side seams (there is a seam guide, but the machine doesn't like it, so I marked my SA with tape):
I then used the tiny hemmer to finish my edges- so thrilled with the results!
Now my only issue is buttonholes... I'm hoping there's an attachment I can find, but doubt it. I'm loathed to make handsewn buttonholes (although it would be good practice for me) and I'm loathed to use a modern machine to make them, since I wanted this to be totally 'hand' made. I could use poppers/ press studs instead- when I was in Lancaster County, I noticed that the Amish and Messonite women used these a lot, most likely as an alternative to buttons and buttonholes, since they don't use electricity. Hmmm... wish I had bought one of those tools in Zooks...
I L.O.V.E this machine! It is simply amazing. Check out the quality and attention to detail:
Beautiful wooden case:
The shuttle bobbin! I forgot to take a photo of the bobbin that goes inside- too cute! Next time!
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
My mum picked up a second hand Singer sewing machine, manufactured in the 1930s. It is in immaculate condition and has all the original accessories and booklet. I can't tell you how excited I was to learn how to use this!! (Sad, I know!) I spent yesterday setting it up and adjusting the tension and then had a play with all the attachments- OMG, this does things I'm sure no modern machine could do without purchasing expensive, specialist presser feet. It makes the most amazing hems, tucks, gathers and binds edges without any fuss. The results are so neat and hark back to home-dressmaking of a different era. Just sewing by hand on the Singer makes me feel nostalgic. As a teacher, I am highly critical of my own and my students' sewing skills- the majority of us simply don't make enough of our own clothes to give us the skills and competence to make the beautiful handmade, quality garments that women in the early 20th century did. This machine goes someway to improving this. Oh, and did I mention the shuttle-bobbin?!! More photos next post!
PS all photos taken with my iPhone- A-mazing quality!
The tucker foot marks the placement of the next fold as you sew the first tuck! So intuitive- who needs electricity?!!
Such neat pin-tucks!!
The hemmer- sews a wide hem (you set the size) and takes away all the measuring, pressing and tacking!
This is my favourite, as it reminds me of vintage hems that are so tiny they leave you wondering how they were achieved- now I know!!
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
Since my fabric-filled trip to Pennsylvania, I have wondered what to do with my feedsack repros from Zooks Dry Goods Store in Intercourse. Many of the 1930s quilt designs are based on the dresden plate/ wedding band designs. I found this modern version and was inspired by the idea of using a block as an art piece. I spent yesterday creating a template and coming up with my first prototype. I am so in love with these fabrics!
Since the weather turned, I have got back into that good ol' winter pastime of knitting! I picked up this gorgeous hand-dyed sock yarn in The Lancaster Yarn Shop, Intercourse, PA. They were so friendly and helpful and supplied a free pattern for the scarf. I can't wait to go back!!