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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My new 101

Hailing from 1927, this is the very first model that singer made with a direct gear drive and a full rotary hook,
the innovations in this machine later became the basis for the legendary 201-2!

Monday, November 29, 2010

and then....

Ok, so I just had a mental 'breakthrough'.
I figured out, whilst in the tub, a way to work on these doll clothing that will save me time.
Let's see if it works!

This is the chrome from that Lotus 66...gorgeous!

Friday, November 26, 2010

I just picked up a 1927 Singer 101, the first of the 'potted motor' machines.
It's definitely going to need rewiring, and the cabinet it's in is in terrible terrible shape.
But I also got this 1915 66 with Lotus decals.. so that's ok!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

this one needs a little work, and I still gotta figure out sleeves

Not as easy as it looks...

Sure, I can make doll sized versions of the outfits I design! No Problem!
These may fall under the category 'Famous Last Words'

The scale and lack of flexibility make this a lot harder than I originally thought!
But, I will continue to try!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Machine....

This is Victoria, my main sewing machine.
She is a Singer 201-2 from 1936.

Prior to finding and rescuing this machine from certain doom, I was sewing on a Janome MemoryCraft 7000.
Now you may wonder, how do you go from a modern computerized machine that has a bajillion bells and whistles to something that predates WWII..
The answer:
She's a better machine. 
Quieter, Stronger, more reliable.
The only difference is a lack of zig zag or decorative stitching, but that can be addressed through the use of attachments, should you so desire.
Did I mention she's quiet?
There's something about sewing on a machine that you KNOW has been sewn on by generations before you that makes you feel more like a human being, gives you more a sense of the continuity of existence.

Monday, November 22, 2010

And so it begins!

Well, here goes nothing!
I'm going to use this blog to document the machines I work on and the clothing I design!
To start:
A friend of mine asked me to try my hand at making doll clothing for Japanese fashion dolls. I do most of my sewing by eye, rather than from patterns, so working on that scale is a bit of a challenge..

So here we have first attempt at a skirt and a petticoat.