Junker & Ruh 1886 Handcrank Sewing Machine & Manual….

This little beauty has been sitting patiently waiting since 2020 for her turn on the workbench. I started out with the basics – a good mechanical clean and oil to see if we could get her to turn. It took a bit of work and TLC but once that was sorted I moved onto threading.Continue reading “Junker & Ruh 1886 Handcrank Sewing Machine & Manual….”

Viking Husqvarna 6460 – Viola

I purchased another vintage machine. I have a few of these machines now and this one is also destined for a new home soon. The machine looks extremely well kept and outwardly nearly new.  The problem was that the seller insisted hubby tested the machine before he took it away and with these machines that canContinue reading “Viking Husqvarna 6460 – Viola”

Bernina Matic 802 Electronic …

The free-motion embroidery that you see here is my first attempt at it using a wonderful online course by Jo Hill. You can find all the information on her website here. Here is a link to the Bernina 801_2_3 Sport sewing machine manual which is very similar: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jSy0pOF0sgN0yK4lvHqKmonfCK4caq-N/view?usp=sharing How to thread your Bernina 802 ElectronicContinue reading “Bernina Matic 802 Electronic …”

The BIG mask debate….

Surely we’ve all been expecting the mask issue to eventually be recognised by our government? Almost every other country has agreed that a mask does lend some protection and anything is surely better than nothing! I am sure there are many and varied views on this matter, but that isn’t what this post is about.Continue reading “The BIG mask debate….”

How to make a Ponytail Face Mask Holder….

Over at Headbands for Heroes UK, we are very busy making all sorts of face mask holders to help our key workers to protect their ears from the elastics on the over-the-ear face masks that a lot of them are issued as part of their protective equipment. Today I did a short demonstration on FacebookContinue reading “How to make a Ponytail Face Mask Holder….”

Meet the chooks….

Hello, we wanted to say hi and welcome to our adventures at the Hesketh Hen House. Our name’s are Maid Marian (thank you Poppy), Lucky Lucy (thanks Barnaby), Hope (thanks Mara) and Grace (our human’s choice). We are settling in okay but didn’t want to come out of the nice cosy house that was madeContinue reading “Meet the chooks….”

COVID-19, Coops and Chooks….

There is a song that keeps playing in my head; you may remember it from singing it to your children…. 🎼 Chick chick chick chick chicken lay a little egg for me, chick chick chick chick chicken I want one for my tea, I haven’t had one since Easter and now it’s half past three,Continue reading “COVID-19, Coops and Chooks….”

Coronavirus update – 17th March 2020

Handmade Update17th March 2020 It will come as no surprise, and I am really sad to have to announce that in line with the public health advice issued by the UK government, we will not be able to hold any Handmade groups until further notice.We have many people, including myself, who fall into the ‘AtContinue reading “Coronavirus update – 17th March 2020”

Handmade Thursday’s – THE place to be….

This week Thursday, 5th March, is our community sewing group in Wigan. Why don’t you come down at 9.30am and join in the fun. We will be making two new projects if you can manage them, but definitely one if you are the slow and steady type 🙂 Meet us down at The Edge, Wigan,Continue reading “Handmade Thursday’s – THE place to be….”