I fell in love with this machine, as soon as I saw it on ebay. The clean lines, the “atomic style” shape, unlike any other machine I’d seen before. Designed in Switzerland, and made in Holland, circa 1950s.
For under $100 (including interstate postage), I think I got a bargain!
The machine arrived in its own little suitcase, decked out with leather straps inside to hold the pedal, the extension table and a cute little green bakelite box of attachments.
The Fridor Stitchmaster Merino
I spent a day cleaning her (the suitcase was full of rat droppings)…….
The machine case, sans rat poop
…..and now I own a seriously good – looking machine – even the foot pedal is attractive!
Even the foot pedal is attractive....
For a simple, straight-stitching machine, it has quite an array of extra feet, and dropping the feed-dogs is as simple as flicking a lever.
More photos on the patternpatter blog here (because I have yet to start my own!).
Bakelite light switch and Feed Dog Lever
What to do with those precious left-over scraps of never-to-be-repeated vintage fabric?
I decided that a quilt would be a good way to preserve mine, rather than trying to incorporate them into garments that would probably not stand the test of time.
Starting with a small piece of ’60s cotton in orange/ brown/ yellow/ lime green, I added other fabrics from my stash of scraps until the mix was pleasing. I did need to supplement the vintage fabrics with some new patchwork cottons, to “fill in the gaps”.
I had a lovely ’70s flower-power single sheet, just perfect for the backing!
The 6 inch squares were machine stitched together, then hand basted to the batting and the sheet, ready to hand-quilt. This took over a year – I thought it would never end….but finally, it’s finished!
I’m glad I hand quilted, even though it was a pain, I’m happy with the results.
Vintage sheet for backing
The finished quilt
I bought this adorable “Little Betty” toy 50s sewing machine on ebay this week, because for $25,I couldn’t resist it!
After playing with it for a bit, I was able to thread the top of the machine, and by cranking the handle, I got some sort of “sewing” happening. (Yes, it has a proper needle, and the foot raises and lowers like a “real one). Only problem is, it looks like something has to be done underneath, in lieu of a bobbin arrangement, and this is the part I can’t work out. No instructions came with the machine, and it is made in Britain.
I know, it’s actually just an ornament for my sewing room, but it’s bugging me!
I’m wondering if anyone else has come across one of these, and knows how to thread it?
Here’s a bustier/ bra top I made yesterday from Simplicity 3250. I made it from a 50 cent remnant of luxury satin, found in the $1 bin at my favourite fabric store!
Very comfortable to wear, it’s a one way stretch satin. I thought I’d be clever and sew the 2 ends together at the neck, saving me another set of buttons to wrangle with. The significance of those buttons becomes clear when putting the bustier on – it’s OK, I just have to get hubby to do me up at the back!
Anyway, it was a fun project.