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Charity shop find


Charity shop find
« on: August 20, 2019, 19:53:13 PM »
I bought a sewing book today for €3 in the charity shop. I picked it up to look at the vintage illustrations.

I can’t seem to post a photo of it but it’s the same edition as this one and in good condition.


Re: Charity shop find
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2019, 21:16:14 PM »
Very nice  :) and a bargain well found!
Willing but not always able :)


Re: Charity shop find
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2019, 21:17:11 PM »
Those vintage books have really good basic instructions and good diagrams for traditional sewing with wovens. 

I too have a 'Singer Sewing Book' - no date, different cover and different authors but probably much the same era, possibly slightly later; it doesn't assume the use of a zig-zag machine but it does have a whole chapter about how veratile the swing needle is and it has a section about using the accessories, such as the ruffler and binders, which often come with  :vintage: :vintage:.  I also have a McCalls Sewing in Colour which is of the same ilk.
Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.


Re: Charity shop find
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2019, 21:18:13 PM »
Nice find 👍


Re: Charity shop find
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2019, 21:59:18 PM »
Cool! I love a bit of vintage, especially when it turns out to be a hidden gem! :)
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132


Re: Charity shop find
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2019, 06:10:48 AM »
What a great find.  :loveit: I bought an old Singer Serger book recently and it's great.
@BrendaP my 28k came complete with ruffler and binder attachments. I take them out, look at them and carefully put them back untroubled!  :S  :(

Harbouring resentment is like swallowing poison and waiting for the other person to die!


Re: Charity shop find
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2019, 09:02:53 AM »
Well done @WildAtlanticWay !  Great find!  The old books are so full of little sewing gems - and nostalgia!

My very best find was my Singer 611g, for £20, followed by my Readers Digest Sewing Book.  I use both all the time.

Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.


Re: Charity shop find
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2021, 14:31:21 PM »

In one of the local charity shops for a fiver.  This is a true "coat dress" in that the cuffs are buttoned but there is a trench coat style back flap.  It is also fully lined.

It's labelled as a size 10, so no chance and the brand label is sew onto the collar stand.  I did an image search, but found nothing.