Betsy is fixed!

Betsy is a Bernina Virtuosa 160 which has given me a fair bit of trouble since I’ve had her. I’ve previously serviced her and she’s been in the Handmade Community sewing room for a while but suddenly she stopped pulling the fabric through the machine. I’ve had her at home for well over a yearContinue reading “Betsy is fixed!”

On the workbench today- Bernina Activa 140…

Say hello to Brianna. I brought her home from my community Sewing group to give her a service and one of the spool holders has broken as well. This will need to be modelled and reprinted on our 3-D printer and I’ll leave that to my amazing hubby.

One Newhome rescues another….

Isn’t it amazing when you receive three Sewing Machines in a couple of weeks of each other and one has to be scrapped but as a result a part from it is used to rescue another one! I can’t believe that the Sewing Machine I scrapped yesterday has given new life to this old girl.Continue reading “One Newhome rescues another….”

Not all Vintage Sewing Machines can be rescued…

I’m often gifted Sewing Machines which I restore and pass on to people that are learning to sew. The problem is that not all sewing machines can be repaired and are worth repairing. I generally base my decision on whether to repair a machine on its worth now and the quality of the machine toContinue reading “Not all Vintage Sewing Machines can be rescued…”

Pearl – the Singer…

Meet Pearl the Singer 15k which according to the records dates from 1906. Pearl belongs to Fiona, one of the ladies from my Handmade community sewing group. Fiona‘s hubby bought this little singer for her but she’s been on display for a while as Fiona was unsure whether she worked properly or not. I’ve givenContinue reading “Pearl – the Singer…”

Novum Deluxe Mark III

This lovely old lady was gifted to me by Margaret whose mum owned it and wanted to pass it on to somebody who would use it. I’ve given her a service and a clean and she works like a dream. This is a straight stitch only sewing machine but everything is in perfect working orderContinue reading “Novum Deluxe Mark III”

The gift of sewing…..

I love all things sewing and making, but I love being able to give the gift of sewing to others just as much. In fact, I love it so much that I teach community sewing groups in Wigan. In addition to teaching beginners to sew or improve, when they show a real interest and desireContinue reading “The gift of sewing…..”

Scandinavian star tutorial….

If you’d like to make these gorgeous stars I’ve made a video tutorial to help. Pop over to my YouTube channel, grab some paper or fabric and get creating. https://youtu.be/j7_24KzjuYI

Save the planet – one face wipe at a time!

This is what 151 reusable makeup/face wipes in bundles of 5 look like! All made whilst watching TV as this helps still my mind! Mostly from scraps of cotton yarn and every one is reusable so saving our planet from more waste. These are donated to our Community Grocery in Wigan. I’ve attached a veryContinue reading “Save the planet – one face wipe at a time!”