The Rosie sewing class of course;-
Rosie is in charge, waiting for three young ‘uns to arrive and make some brothers and sisters for her. You could almost say this was akin to a maternity unit!
This is the Rosie pattern [downloadable] I bought on line from Alicia Paulson at http://rosylittlethings.com . We had a fun weekend. Three other rabbits were ‘born’ [actually Jacob changed the ears and made a cat because that is what he preferred - there's always one!], all stuffed and finished ready to go home!
This was my 100th post – I had thought to do something celebratory, but that was just the conceit in me – the down to earth side said ‘so what?’
Rosie Rabbit, that is. She was made from an on line pattern from the Posy gets Cozy website -http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/ and was made, not in felt, but calico as a try-out for difficulty level so that my youngest grandchildren can make their own during the coming school holidays and weekends. Alicia Paulson, founder of Posy has a lovely imagination – so although it might be possible to draft all these lovely things oneself perhaps, why bother when she has done all the hard work for you and in such an imaginative way? Furthermore the patterns are so reasonable! and of course, best of all – not too difficult for little hands to do, especially in felt [with a little help from Grandma of course.]
I have ordered some metres of felt in rabbit colours from Ebay and will cut out more Rosies for the weekend. Although I made Rosie in calico, not felt, I made it the same way, i.e. the seams are on the outside. I buttonholed round the legs and arms, although I machined the seams first, just to make them stronger, but the buttonholing on the head and body didn’t look right, so I left it off. The dress pattern comes with the rabbit pattern, and although it was fine as is, for little fingers I cut the back into two parts and put a seam and back opening in. Just makes it that bit easier to take the dress on and off for Phoebe [2yrs old] because it will be taken off many times, knowing Phoebe!
‘Posy’ also sells sweet clothes’ patterns also, so I am off there to have a browse and shop! See you soon, keep warm.
I am pleased to say that the Lady has recovered well and is running as smoothly as ever. Not being American I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving – if I did I would have to celebrate every day I have so much to be thankful for, – but now I have another thing to be thankful for; the recovery of my much loved Singer 201 and especially to the Internet where I found the solution.
However, not before I had dismantled and mantled [is there such a word? - surely there must be as the opposite to dis-mantled] the top tension assembly not once but several times and eventually dismantling the bobbin assembly almost the same number of times did I finally find the answer. I worked on it for a week, Googling incessantly until I finally [and accidentally] found a post where someone had the same problem. This lay underneath the feed-dogs in the bobbin assembly. Under the feed dogs there is a bar, under which is a thin metal strip. This sometimes gets bent and causes mayhem. I took the bobbin assembly apart one last time, straightened the strip and voila!It wasn’t the top tension after all – but now I have no fear of my lovely Lady..a wonder of domestic engineering indeed. Whatever would we do without Google and the Internet?
I am so happy to have her well and working smoothly again – totally out proportion probably but I really think I was in mourning this week and shhh! -whisper – had actually been looking on Ebay for – best not to say what. Oh me of little faith.
And finally just a quiet word to Clipped Curve’s dad – it didn’t take oiling it to make it work! http://clippedcurves.wordpress.com
My daughter in NY says that this is so me;-
Can I add Vintage Singer sewing machines to that too?
Literally! just when I was in the middle of a time pressing project [or two] which had to be interrupted for a couple of days for family, my beautiful Singer 201 decided to go over to the dark side. The top thread would be come tight, usually break, and gather loops underneath the feed dogs that jammed the shuttle.
Not to be phased, I re-did everything from new thread, new bobbin, new needle, fiddled with calibrating the tension as per internet advice and finally was driven to taking apart the whole tension mechanism, which was a very brave thing to do I might add. Fortunately I had a wonderful guide in Sid’s posts from the Old Sewing Machine Blog ,link to post here ;http://oldsingersewingmachineblog.com/2012/08/16/singer-201k-top-tension-part-one/
Mission accomplished [i.e. all back together correctly] I would like to report that all is now well, sadly it sews for a little while and then repeats error. But I have other resources to try – the only thing is that is time consuming and I want to sew. I do have other machines, [four actually, two vintage Singer 99k's, a Singer 15-91 hand cranked inherited from Mum and my Frister Rossman modern zig zag, which I only use for knit fabrics and buttonholes] but I hate to leave a job half done and nothing sews like my ladylike 201. Everyone who owns one will know what I mean, they are as smooth as cream and so reliable [I was going to say as reliable as the Bank of England, but these days...........?]. The secret, not to get too technical, is in the hook mechanism around the shuttle. The other Singers have oscillating hooks – i.e. the little thingy that hooks up the top thread for the shuttle thread to go through – goes back and forth. Smoothish – but bound to be a little jerky as it changes direction, whereas the 201 has a rotating hook, it only goes in one direction so is infinitely smoother, simples!
Meanwhile back on the sewing front, I have a white shirt half done and a lilac blouse cut out. I could sew them on one of the other machines, and might have to eventually, but I can’t abandon my 201 and her problems just yet, bless her. I’ll let you know how the patient progresses.
I am totally unashamedly going to advertise here on my blog! Something I would not normally countenance, but the maternal instinct overrules today.
This is just some of my daughter Abigail’s jewellery, it is all completely hand-made.
Abigail is at The Camberley Theatre this Saturday at the Christmas Craft and Food Fair. Doors open from 11a.m.-3p.m. It would be lovely if you are in the area if you could pop along and say hello. If you can’t make it, why not take a virtual trip to her website at http://abigailfranklyn.com/ and see the rest of her creations? Each piece is unique and designed by Abigail herself. She has been featured on Jewellery Maker TV several times and highly praised for her craftsmanship and design. [proud Mum speaking here]. End of commercial. Normal service will be resumed.
A common theme running here..it certainly isn’t intentional, but perhaps subliminally I have paid attention to the advice that women of ‘a certain age’ should wear white next to their face [women's magazines used to be full of advice like that!]
Whether or not I paid attention, I have just bought some burgundy striped shirting fabric to make yet another shirt, seems I can’t stop, and was currently debating whether or not a completely burgundy stripe would look just too much and shouldn’t I add a white collar, when I suddenly realised that if I wasn’t very careful I would end up with a closet full of coloured shirts/blouses with white collars. But the urge is very compelling and I don’t know that I am strong enough to resist the siren call of lovely crisp white collars on striped shirts. I really can’t decide at the moment, so will just make a giant leap of faith and press ahead with an all striped shirt and see what it looks like…..a collar is easily changed after all.