Sewing Machines

 

Whoa! I know I just posted yesterday about finishing a dress but the past week has been a very productive one for me and I was able to complete a project that I had gotten half-way through and just wasn’t able to finish at the time! This dress is made out of a wonderful blue cotton from Vintage Vogue V8875 :) This was my first time working with a Vintage Vogue repro pattern and while it presented some interesting challenges and techniques I hadn’t tried before I must say I am pleased with the result!                                                    

  

I also wanted to share a few vintage treasures that I recently acquired! A close friends grandmother passed away and she was left with boxes of old sewing things like patterns, notions, and fabric. When she asked if there was anything I would like since she wanted to see it go to someone who would get use out of it I of course said yes! I came home with boxes of stuff and I thought you’d like to see some of it :) Feel free to swing by my blog frillz24.blogspot.com for more pictures and details!

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This is my first time Sewing for Victory, it has been a great experience, and I’m thrilled with the result.  The blouse I made looks fabulous on my daughter – she gladly modelled it for me – but it’s mine!

This is the pattern I used.  I had to do a fair amount of re-sizing and restyling, all of which is explained on my blog.

I did all the machine sewing using my 1949 Singer 15K hand machine, added the tiny rick rack braid with a braiding foot that came with my oldest treadle machine, which dates from 1913, and made the buttonholes on my 1936 Singer 201K treadle using a buttonholer attachment.

All the seams were finished using vintage techniques, so there is not a raw edge in sight.  Here is the inside view.

My next sewing project is going to be a dress for my god-daughter, Meg’s, third birthday at the end of May, using the home made pattern shown recently on my blog.  I will be showing the construction of the dress step by step.  Meg’s big sister Lily will be watching progress with interest.  Lily is ten and already a keen sewer. I hope lots of the vintage sewers out there will be interested too…

 

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I have been lurking for a while checking out everyone’s great vintage style creations. I am finally posting adding my own! This is a modern Butterick pattern (5846) with a retro flair.

 I sewed  almost the entire dress on my “new to me” 1948 Singer Featherweight.  I cheated and used my modern Singer for the button holes.  I was in a hurry to wear the dress and didn’t want to fiddle with the Featherweight’s button hole attachment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More pictures and information on my blog.  Both the machine and the fabric were gifts from my Mum. what can I say… She knows what I like!

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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


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