Thursday, January 27, 2011

27 January: Sewing machine

My sewing machine was bought in 1992, after I had cancer; if I was going to die, at least I would have had a decent sewing machine.

I survived, and the sewing machine saw a lot of action over the years. Not so much since spinning and related activities took over from quilting and embroidery. And the last time it came out, the tension would not adjust properly. So I sewed that item by hand, and kept an eye open for sewing machine service. And last week it went to be serviced for the first time in over 18 years.

It came home on Tuesday, and it just so happened that I have a new bowstringer which needs a little bag to keep it tidy in the kit case, so it was the ideal opportunity to try out the machine.

Photo taken after the power lead had been put away. The bowstringer is the black strap by the machine, and here is the finished drawstring bag -

Cotton fabrics from the old quilting stash (it's lined with a dark green patterned fabric), and the drawstring is 2 lucet cords made from handspun ramie, home-dyed. Result!


tea and cake said...

I love your sewing machine! I treated myself to a Bernina last year, and it's like 'coming home' as it were.
I'm so glad you survived your cancer, sounds so crass, but you know what I mean, x

stitchwort said...

We were told by the service people that a machine of an equal quality would cost over £1,000 now! And it's brilliant at satin stitch.

The cancer was in my bowel, one of the commonest cancers, but not as publicised as breast cancer!