Posts Tagged ‘sewing machine’

cigar boxes

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I’ve recently been having a spring clean in the studio - a bit late I know, but better late than never.  So I’ve built myself some shelves in the alcoves.  I’m really proud of them.  I did it all on my own, with some moral support from Dorian and Matt (thank you).

I know have my files, baskets of notions and record player all housed on purpose built shelves.  The shelves are even level.

In the midst of my tidying up I finally got around to unpacking 2 cigar boxes and a tin I’d been given.  They’ve been sitting on my desk since the start of the year, when I’d had a cursory glance inside.  Oh my my, what treats they did hold.

The larger box (at the back) had obviously been used as a sewing box and was full of needles, scraps of newspaper, old pins and a few reels of cotton.

One of the gems in the larger box was something called the Zigzagger.

Its an attachment for your straight stitch sewing machine to allow it to do zigzag stitch.  Most machines before the 60’s only did straight stitch.  This is what the attachment actually looks like.

The Zigzagger comes with a set of typed instructions which tell you that ‘the attachment is useful, effective and will fit any standard domestic type of sewing machine of the flat bed type’.  However, looking at the almost pristine state of the box I’m not sure how useful or effective it is.

I’d love to have a play with the Zigzagger to see if I can get it to work but I don’t own a vintage sewing machine that the Zigzagger will fit.

Talking of vintage sewing machines, folded up in the smaller cigar box was this.

An instruction chart and manual for a Vickers sewing machine.  The machine looks like its from the 30’s or 40’s but the printing on the poster looks so modern.  I love the way the red cotton is used to highlight the image and also tell you how to thread the machine.

Also folded in the smaller cigar box was this advert.

I love the fact that there was/is a Metrication Board to deal with all things metric and to smooth the transition from imperial measurements.

Last of the treats were all these reels of cottons

inside this rather lovely tin

The cottons will get used in my work as they’re Sylko thread which is my 2nd choice thread (after Guterman).  The cigar boxes will be great to display cards and brooches in at fairs or markets.  The tin will make a great edition to my ever growing storage needs.

sewing machine

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Disaster has struck - with only 2 weeks to go until Mid Century Modern show my trusty Bernina sewing machine has broken down.  AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

Cue desparate trips to Frank Nutt and a lot of nervous worrying about when my trusty steed will be back in working order.  The power supply has been replaced but it hasn’t solved the problem of it turning itself off without any notice.

It’s very strange - I’ve never had any problems with the machine before.  In fact it is exactly that reason that I bought a Bernina instead of a Janome.  Bernina’s are just work horses that keep on going.

So until it can be fixed I’m relying on my spare machine - a Brother which is defying its previous status as unreliable and working well.  Fingers crossed it stays that way until my Bernina comes back.