Thursday, April 1, 2010

This is a house of sewing

Since this is a new blog, there is a backlog of topics to just get started on! One part of life around here is sewing. Several of us sew. I sew clothing for the family, mostly the females although here and there the guys get something, too. My sewing is pretty utilitarian. You won’t see fabulous quilts or adorable ruffled, adorned exercises in creativity off my needle, sadly. At any given time I have a huge mental list of items in dire need that need to be done yesterday. But this doesn’t mean I sew under stress. I enjoy sewing, usually, and just keep up as best as I can.

Currently I am sewing a stack of undies for the two little girls. They have both had growth spurts and don’t fit the ones they had. Their cousin gave them some Hanna Andersson unders that had never fit her, and the girls adored the fit. I went over to the website to order some, and to order a week’s worth for each of them, with postage, would be over $100. choke-choke-gasp Time to do my best to imitate them on the machine, heh? I pretty much always have fabric in the stash.

033A stack of little undies is my current project

Sophia, who is sixteen, is a reenactor and sews historical garments. These are sewn in a combination of machine and hand, as the machine is a bit cheat-y for her timeperiod, so she does visible seams by hand. I do a portion of this handsewing for her. Back in the 1800s, several seams on the bodice were piped for durability, and I’ve made her piping my specialty, so construction and application of piping is something I do on her dresses. Between the two of us, she has a nice functional 1855 wardrobe and is always adding a bit here and there.

Others among my children do sewing here and there in small projects. Clara, 13, creates doll clothes for her younger sisters and Nigel, 17, sews fabulous stuffed creatures and characters for gifts for his siblings. Araminta, who just turned 10, has an amazing ability to sew a fast and perfect running stitch by hand, so we’re considering how she can best use that talent.

I know when I read the blog of a fellow seamstress, I want to see two things (I don’t know why, either – strange fascination): the sewing machine and the sewing room/space. Well, not showing the space today, as Tarquin, who is 3, has been on a trashing spree in there, but I will show you my current main machine. It is a Kenmore, one of the ones made by Janome. Sophia often uses another one almost identical, that I’d bought earlier. This one was an upgrade for me.


I actually own many, many machines. I haven’t counted for awhile; I know it is over 25. They follow me home like orphaned kittens from thrift stores and I fix them up, intending to someday sell a few on eBay, but too intimidated by selling sites to actually do so. Someday I will, though, because they just look at me, sadly unused. They are all such dear, quality machines, too. I’ll do a separate post someday on the vintage machines around here.

Usually machines in my town are priced at either $14.99 or $24.99. For some obscure reason, however, I got a super-duper deal on this machine, as it was half-off green tag day. I hope you can see the price sticker in this photo (I’ve left it on the machine because, well, it was such a score!!!!!)

037Twelve ninety nine, half off! Woot!

Next time I post I’ll post on gardening. In this climate, most of what is happening is still indoors right now, but gearing up, gearing up . . .


caulistats said...

You have more than 25 sewing machines? Wow! Are most of them in your garage?

Kimberly said...

Yep - it's a sickness, I tell ya. Although I'm thinking now that to get my act together and sell them on Craigslist might generate some remodel money :-)