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Vintage Sewing Machine – Make Your Own

IMG_8979Did you buy your vintage sewing machine to create your own clothes? A story in the Eastern Daily Press caught our eye this week, reporting on a woman who has set up a company to cater for pear-shaped women.

It’s a common problem. Most ready-wear clothing is made for a particular body shape – the straight up and down one. Pear-shaped women, i.e. those who have bigger hips than shoulders, struggle. Skirts and trousers might fit at the waist, but they will be too tight over the hips. Or they gape around the middle.

This is precisely the problem that Vicky Young from Harleston faced. She describes herself as pear-shaped and realised there were plenty of other women suffering from the same problem, so she decided to c create clothing especially for this body type.

She already had sewing experience, having worked as a bridal seamstress for years, and having recently undertaken a City & Guilds Level 3 in dressmaking, which included pattern cutting.

Her company is called Kookie Cat, and she makes smart- straight-legged trousers, jeans and two types of jersey dresses. All her clothing comes in sizes eight to 18, and it can be custom-made if people send in their own measurements.

Vicky told the Eastern Daily Press that she knew it was very frustrating to go shopping and find that none of the clothes available in the High Street fitted. Her company was all about finding sizes and patterns for people who didn’t fit one size or a standard shape.

If your vintage sewing machine is to be used for making your own clothes—or even to set up a business, just as Vicky has done—we definitely approve. You do need a certain amount of skill to be able to alter patterns so that they are customised to your or others’ measurements, but it is one of those very satisfying things to learn.

We’re big fans of learning to sew through lessons. It’s sociable as well as the best way to pick up tips and work out what you’re doing wrong, but there are also some terrific books that can really help if there are no sewing lessons available near you.

One is Complete Dressmaking Skills by Lorna Knight, a step by step guide which also offers couture techniques.

If you like the Great British Sewing Bee, then Claire-Louise Hardy’s Fashion with Fabric has more than 20 patterns/projects you can do.

The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking by Wendy Ward covers the basic techniques for making clothes, and for everyday clothing too, rather than more formal outfits.

Sewing4Everyone is the best outlet for a vintage sewing machine. We also sell refurbished, heavy-duty sewing machines.

Home-Made Halloween

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Hooray – Halloween is coming up, which means lots of opportunities for using your refurbished sewing machine to create home-made costumes and gifts.

We know that Halloween is big business these days, and the shops are full of ready-made costumes, but there is nothing as charming as a home-made outfit. We’ve pulled together some great ideas for creating spooky outfits, gifts, decorations and more.

All you need is a refurbished sewing machine, plenty of enthusiasm and a desire to get creative.

refurbished sewing machineThis thoroughly creepy Pennywise costume on the Coolest Homemade Costumes website made by Kimberley is based on a pattern for a tank top and shorts, while the ruffle neck was made from a frilly skirt for a toddler. Isn’t it great? (And super-scary!)

By the way, if you have ever wondered why people find clowns scary, reasons include not knowing who is behind the mask, and because they have often been associated with danger and fear. It doesn’t help when so many horror films keep using them too!

Sewing.org has some wonderful, free patterns for Halloween. Projects include these fun lampshade covers – great if you are planning to have people around for a party. Or check out their instructions for how to sew a cape. The good thing about a cape is that it can be used on many other occasions. World Book Day, for example. Or your child might like his or her cloak so much, it gets worn daily!

refurbished sewing machineEver wanted to make your own witch’s hat – in a personalised size too? Delia Creates offers this detailed tutorial for the DIY hat that will fit any head size. You will need to do a few calculations, but other than that it is relatively straightforward.

Another easy idea is these Halloween cushions, pictured above. Once you have the hang of these, you can make up a whole batch of them as gifts, or you can keep them for 31st October year after year. Christina on the Lincoln Street blog made hers from flannel, although a stiffer fabric would also work. Once the cutting out is done, you can knock these up in no time on your refurbished sewing machine.

Elsewhere in the craft space, Readers Digest has some terrific ideas for home-made, cheap Halloween decorations, and if you love cooking, BBC Good Food’s Halloween baking recipes include spiderweb cupcakes, ghost cakes, toffee apples, Devil’s food cake and a pumpkin cider cake.

Happy Home-made Halloween!

Sewing4Everyone is THE premier destination for anyone seeking a top of the range, refurbished sewing machine. We also stock vintage sewing machines and heavy-duty models which are ideal for leather and more. All machines are serviced before dispatch and come with detailed instructions.

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