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Vintage Machines / Re: Show and tell time - lets see some oldies!
« on: July 27, 2017, 18:37:32 PM »
Acorn, lovely little machine. I have a very tatty Mk2 Essex, but not got it working yet. It could be used manually or by electric, but whether it ever will again, is doubtful.

Manuela, that's a really cute machine. I have 3 toy ones but not in very good condition. Not managed to get any of them to stitch either  :(

Jessie, your 611g looks in lovely condition and a very versatile member of the team.
Keep 'em coming, now you've started. We want to see more  :vintage: :vintage: :vintage: :vintage:

I'll look out some more of mine as soon as I've time. Quite a few more to show, including a newly arrived electric 201k DH snapped up cheaply on eBay. Looks very tidy, but not had chance to try it out yet.

Suzie  :vintage:

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Today... / Re: Wednesday 26th July
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:46:23 AM »
Looks like the promised rainy day will soon be upon us here. Wall to wall low cloud  :(.
After a gorgeous sunny day yesterday, playing out with the grandkids all day, then working till midnight to catch up, today will be work-sewing all day and as much of the evening as I can (till my eyes, fingers, or the will to sew, give up).
Tomorrow's another grandkids day, so I'll be stacking up some hand sewing for when they're occupied.
At least I won't be hankering to be outside today.
Enjoy your day, everyone  :)

Suzie  :vintage:

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The Cafe / Re: Show Your Support with TSP Badges!
« on: July 25, 2017, 20:11:45 PM »
Mine arrived today too! Love it  :loveit:

Suzie :vintage:

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Today... / Re: Monday 24th July
« on: July 24, 2017, 08:05:58 AM »
Dull, wet and windy here, but I don't really mind, as I've got a long day at the sewing machine today. Trying to get ahead with work so I can take tomorrow and Thursday off to look after grandkids...... it's not really happening though, I never get ahead....... always playing catch up  -<

Suzie  :vintage:

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The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: July 19, 2017, 09:03:07 AM »
today I had 4 phone calls from Charles ,Edward, William and Mary they all said they were from BT OpenReach they all asked me how I was doing and said there had been problems at the exchange
I didn't believe them  ..like I didn't believe the 3 others who called on Monday ...I must be top of the call list :angry:

Annoying, isn't it! I expect they are hoping to catch out some vunerable old person that they can rip off.
We've always had lots of unsolicited calls (think we are near the top of the lists too, with a surname beginning with A). Never got round to blocking them, but with caller ID, I'm more selective about which I answer, and if I do accidentally pick up to one of them, I just cut the call off without speaking to them. Life's too short and my time is too precious to be telling a stranger 'how I am today', before being fed a scripted dialogue (OR SCAM)!!

Suzie  :vintage:

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Fun with Fabric / Re: Price?
« on: July 14, 2017, 13:25:44 PM »
Cheap and cheerful here, for me. It usually sits on a shelf willing me to make it up, so I don't want to spend too much on it. I did buy some John Kaldor French crepe a few years ago though, at £14.00 a metre, and it got made up within weeks. So maybe that's where I'm going wrong?
The most expensive fabric I've worked with though, was some a customer brought for me to make her a lacy jacket to go over her evening dresses. She paid over £100 for the 1m piece  :o. Scary job cutting that one out! It lightened the stress of cutting out a wedding dress in £50 m flocked polka dot tulle though, or the Linton tweed jacket at £34 m. All beautiful fabrics, but cheaper alternatives are available for similar results.
The lace jacket -


Suzie  :vintage:

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Vintage Machines / Re: Show and tell time - lets see some oldies!
« on: July 08, 2017, 12:15:57 PM »
This is my Vibra aka Jones machine. It's the only machine I've bought just because I liked the look of the decals. Its been sadly neglected since I got it, just gathering dust under my dressing table (with a cover over it). I really should find somewhere to display it so I can admire it's prettiness.



Suzie  :vintage:

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Vintage Machines / Re: Show and tell time - lets see some oldies!
« on: July 08, 2017, 10:17:57 AM »
Just had a browse out of interest re Jones machine names and came across this list. I'm amazed at how many different ones there were  :o
http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/Jones%20Labelled%20machines.htm.

Suzie  :vintage:

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Vintage Machines / Re: Show and tell time - lets see some oldies!
« on: July 08, 2017, 09:44:47 AM »
I hadn't realised some Jones machines were German made also.

Sorry, I probably worded that wrongly. I meant that Jones made a lot of machines with different names on. I have a Vibra which is a Jones CS machine but just rebranded. Harrods sold them with their own name on too. Can't think of others offhand, but I know there were quite a few.
I was just likening it to German machines that all look alike but have different brand names.
Confusing, or what??
PS. You'll soon fill your time now you've joined TSP  0_0

Suzie  :vintage:

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Vintage Machines / Re: Show and tell time - lets see some oldies!
« on: July 08, 2017, 07:52:42 AM »
Lovely machines, SP! Your friends Harris does look quite a lot like my Naumann, doesn't it. Hers looks a bit less work worn though.
I think a lot that were made in Germany were the same machine, badged up with different names, as were some Jones machines in this country.
There are a lot of similarities between yours and your daughters too. The shape looks identical, just the bobbin winder that looks a bit different, and the decals.
Hope you'll keep us informed about your research. It's always nice to find out their origins.

Suzie  :vintage:

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Hi, I'm new... / Re: Another new member.
« on: July 07, 2017, 20:43:35 PM »
Hi ScarlettPoppy, welcome from me too. I've just read and replied to your post on the Show and Tell thread in Vintage. Liking the sound of your machines and your newfound enthusiasm for them. I think you'll fit in well here  :)
:vintage: :vintage: :vintage:Suzie  :vintage:

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Vintage Machines / Re: Show and tell time - lets see some oldies!
« on: July 07, 2017, 20:34:02 PM »
Hi ScarlettPoppy, sounds like you've got the bug too. You do know there's no cure, don't you? Just go with the flow and adopt any that come your way.
Your machines sound lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing your pics soon. I have 1 German machine in my collection. It's a Naumann, not sure of age, but guess 1920s. My sister found it in the loft of the old farmhouse she'd bought, while they were renovating, and brought it my way. So far all I've done is dust it, but it would be nice to try get it back into working condition.
This is how it came to me, years of dust at no extra cost.





Suzie  :vintage:

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A bit of a 'do' / Re: Elastic for top of wedding dress
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:57:07 AM »
Is this what you're looking for? http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/product.php/230/70/silicone_backed_elastic

Suzie  :vintage:

PS. I checked at shopping basket and price is for a 5m pack not 1m as stated, then postage added on at £2.something.

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Vintage Machines / Re: Show and tell time - lets see some oldies!
« on: July 06, 2017, 13:37:44 PM »
Another neglected beauty from my collection. It's a 66k from 1923 that has been retro fitted into a much newer base and case, with a pale green handcrank.
I guess it was originally a treadle powered machine that has been made portable. I'm intending to fit it into my drawing room treadle cabinet sometime (yes, I've been saying that for ages), to replace the very shabby and slightly broken 27k that's in it now. This 66k is one of the back clamp models, so other machine feet won't fit, unless I convert it to side clamp, but happy to leave it as it is. It has its normal sewing foot and I managed to get a back clamp ruffler attachment very cheap on EBay.
It was also missing the bobbin cover when I got it and the previous owner had attempted a cover out of balsa wood - not at all successfully - so I got it a new one of those too. The one in the photo is new and stainless steel, which looks wrong against the chrome needle plate, so I've managed to get a used one in chrome, which looks a lot better. It sews very nicely, but the handcrank is a bit gratey, like something is very worn, so it will be much better without it and converted back to treadle power.



Suzie  :vintage:

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Patterns & Fitting / Re: Butterick Autumn 2017 patterns
« on: July 06, 2017, 12:40:05 PM »
Got to agree, they are not at all inspiring  :(...... or am I just getting hard to please?

Suzie  :vintage:

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