, I see a lot of beautiful old sewing machines at Saturday morning table top sales. These people have no idea what they have.
lots were thrown out or got sent to india for cottage industries I think..
have seen them in charity shops for £30-40, expect will make a comeback but how well they were made... wonder if modern needles still fit them or can get the bits.. expect someone selling on internet and needles don't really blunt quickly.
had a load of gadgets with mine, a clever thing to make ruffles, all sorts of stuff but it doesn't do zigzag or buttonholes. can get around that with french seams, blanket stitch or even tailored buttonholes if really wanted to..
used to get fabrics in market where grew up, had amazing range of ditsy prints at good prices. Still plenty of shops around, found wonderful one the other month in petersfield, did huge range of patchwork fat quarters, even had kaffe fasset prints, hadn't seen them before - truly psychedelic!
creative stuff is good for the brain, should be encouraged more but not a lot going on in this city.. that I've heard of anyhow, think a lot is underground or done in the quietness of the home. We had stitch and **bleep** classes for knitting but I'm not good at chatting when doing that, it all goes awry!
i only ever buy jersey type of material i find it more comfortable on my skin,
that is a beautiful machine, very vintage looking, Mine is a brother machine had it for years. I like sewing my own clothes and it takes very little time i make them very simple. I have never been a heavy spender on clothes i shall keep it that way. Don't see the point unless it is work related for people who work outdoors who need all the protective gear.
When used to work in office it was maybe of its time, you got judged by clothes wore and considering earnings were pretty basic it was a chunk out to afford to dress like that. I never went for high heels though, men don't tend to wear them so why should women be expected to!
Still got most of the jackets, don't think they dated but if I start looking like anita manning I hope someone will let me know! The amount that woman must earn on telly and some of her things are out of the 80's, big shoulder pads and bit limp.. not my taste. She's doing well keep going, keeps her energy levels up I spose tho don't share many of her buying tastes.
Jersey's good, it was around in 70's but wonder when was invented. Really is fabric version of knitting.. It was fantastic when lycra came out, all of a sudden comfy jeans that moved with you and kept their shape!
Used to really like fleeces, wash and dry easily but prefer wool now and concerns about how synthetics affecting the environment, is full of tiny fibres shed by clothes and poor fish end up taking them in, they get into the flesh of the fish - so we eat them too! I wonder if is a carcinogenic element as ultimately made from petrol?
Love cottons and block printing but again environmental impact as the dyes wash out, have seen pics of rivers that change colour, who knows what does to the life in them.
Nice to be able to make clothes, not tied by what shops decide to get in. Lot of stuff seems very dowdy now, too much black and navy and badly made too. Wear a few times and throw, not good.
Still got to knit a dressing gown, got the yarn all together and bought old 70's pattern off internet. Seems very serious the way it's set out, put me off a bit but think once get into it should be plain sailing. All else fails can use it for guidance! No rush, plenty to wear at mo and it's a winter hobby.
Do you ever go on etsy, quite a lot of made clothing on there? Have bought some knitted stuff that I couldn't make myself and very good value, they can't make much on it so doing it for the love of it!