allthepreciousthings

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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