I learned to sew on a 1890's era Singer treadle machine that had belonged to my great grandmother. It had been stored in a barn for decades. I was told I could have it, but I would need to take it apart and rebuild it and if it worked..... so I stripped it, cleaned out all the rust, put it back together with a new belt, and it was all mine! I was 14.
My sewing interests are:
garment, quilting, embroidery
My sewing machine(s):
an Elna Lotus, 2 Vikings, a Bernina, a Babylock serger, a Brother, and a Singer Featherweight 221.
I am interested in patterns such as:
I like to make things up as I go along.... I use primarily Stretch & Sew patterns from the 70's for garments. Also the usual pattern companies, Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick & Vogue. I like Vogue for the way they fit, and the detailed instructions.
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Thea, thanks for the great tips! I think i'll use your suggestion and never use polyester again! You're right, not only did it pucker but the adhesive didn't stick well at all. I had to pin through the glue which wasn't fun. Thanks again : P
Oh no your piggies ate your wool agfhan? That's terrible! Mine arepicky. The youngest prefers the oldest's coat of fur to chew. THankfully she has enough of it to go around! Mine are picky, picky eaters and wont even chew wood! We're just hoping their teeth don't grow too long! Do we get to see a picture of your DeeDee??
Thea, thanks for the pointers on my dress! I have done quite a bit of sewing, but never tried the sheet on the table when cutting. That is a GREAT idea. I haven't purchased my fabric yet. Unfortunately, there aren't many fabric stores local to me that sell a wide variety of fabrics. The one I checked this weekend had some nice silks, but not what I am looking for...mostly dupioni and satin. I will need to go to the LA area or SF Bay area to find what I want. I do plan to take my time and basically enjoy the process...I know it will try my patience, but I'm ready for a challenge. ;) I will have to take pic's as I go...thanks for the advice.
p.s. Love your story about your first sewing machine.