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Archive for May, 2014

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Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Manual

Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Manual

A few weeks ago I finally found an instruction booklet for my old manual Singer sewing machine. The booklet cover was torn and half was missing, so I took the booklet apart and re-bound it. I re-stitched the pages, and some brightly coloured ‘measuring tape’ fabric was used to cover the new cardboard cover. A photocopied and laminated vintage Singer business card was attached it to a ribbon to use as a page-marker. Now it’s ready to use!

Bank holidays

Ahhh… it’s lovely to have a bank holiday weekend! Three whole days away from the office; although it can feel a little like so much to make, and too little time! I spent day one (yesterday) ‘re-arranging’ (*cough* tidying) my studio space, with satisfying results, but now I only have TWO DAYS left to make things! Much to my satisfaction (and also some surprise) I have been good and stuck to my New Year’s resolution so far (to buy no new craft stuff– see post below), but I still seem to have ended up with more than one project on the go at any one time. I’m therefore imposing a new rule on myself this weekend- no new projects to be started until any on-going ones are finished. Wish me luck…

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Not exactly craft related…

Not exactly craft related...

I visited Dartmoor in the sunshine recently and the light was amazing. The cute pony seemed used to posing for pictures, although I suspect she was actually having a nap…

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Quick Handmade Bag

Quick Handmade Bag

I have had a 1/4m piece of this cheerful fabric for a while, and one benefit of my new year’s resolution (to buy no new craft/sewing materials during 2014) is that I have finally got round to making it into a bag! I designed the bag to be a lunch bag for work, which dictated its size- it needed to be just big enough to hold a magazine, plus sandwiches. The bag is lined with a very pale green cotton, making it easy to shake the crumbs out. Including cutting the fabric out and ironing, the make took just one hour. I made it on Sunday, and it definitely cheered up my Monday at work!

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Sew much fun!

Sew much fun!

I had a lovely time last weekend teaching a friend to sew. She bought an old manual Singer from me to learn how to use a sewing machine, and we had fun playing around with a variety of specialised feet as well. As a useful beginner’s project she made a 3.5 metre length of bunting (consisting of nine flags), using vintage and antique and-embroidered fabrics. The fabric was cut from damaged items, so it was a good up-cycling project too. In between teaching I started to make a length of bunting of my own, which I plan to finish this weekend- photo to follow!

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