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The Joys of a Vintage Machine

Recently I became the proud owner of class 66 1919 Singer hand-crank sewing machine. She is not without her issues.  My good friend and former professional sewing machine repairman and current gunsmith, Robert Horst has kindly been helping me restore her to her former functionality and soon-to-be beauty.

She now makes a perfect stitch as a result of the timing being corrected.  We noticed the hand crank and wheel are incorrect so we will remedy that before we tackle the bobbin winding mechanism.  In the meantime, I will clean parts with 400 steel wool and oil and use never dull to smooth all out and make shiny.    The precision stitch you get from this machine is FaR superior to ANY other machine I have worked with, such is the reason I have coveted one for so long.  

My period-correct sewing will benefit greatly as a result.

Today I made this resort wear a bathing suit cover-up on my new baby and the results were amazing.  You are forced to slow down and enjoy the process when working with a hand crank and oddly guiding with one hand is not an issue.  

My biggest issue was the lace I choose and navigating the holes and ensuring I had stabilized my seams well enough with the silk organza bias tape trim I made.  After that, things were a breeze.

Hopefully, I will be the most glamourous woman on vacation.

So many consumers have become accustomed to the minimized timelines from the runway to the store’s in the fashion industry.  The majority of the items you see from store to store are basically copy and paste.  Designers buy items of interest and then recreate them with 7 points of interest that are changed to avoid getting sued.

Clothes make people..more now than ever.  We don’t always like to admit it, but we are judged by how we present ourselves to society.  If you are a bit overweight or getting on in years, you are basically invisible to the world.  You are noticed when you conform to what is considered beautiful by the current standards of society.  Over half of Instagram posts are about fashion influencers.  We seem to be enthralled with labels and those who are shopping addicts, thus they gravitate to to fast fashion.  The impulse to buy is triggered in a part of the brain that handles the rewards circuit, with the primary factor being the price.  

And we haven’t even started discussing the luxury brands!  The high end brands that for some reason are worth exorbitant amounts of money, far more than the costs of goods and labor, just to say you can afford to carry that brands label.  

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In addition my service dog the Mighty Thor is in the house.  An active puppy who loves everyone, so be prepared.