It’s a truth universally acknowledge that a person who sews* must be bereft when denied a sewing machine. Well, bereft no longer as I’ve recently come into possession of a JL110 - a basic, 14 stitch selection machine, suitable for light to medium fabrics.
*aka sewer, which is not a pleasant word when written.
begun the break in/get to know you process with the as-yet nameless
machine. I started gently with a couple of pocket squares for Geoff.
Quite frankly, the ironing and cutting mitred corners takes far longer
than the 4 straight sewn lines that are required. I moved onto a
drawstring bag for a friend’s knitting project, and finally some pyjama
shorts for summer.
into sewing have required forays into fabric shopping, and it’s been a
mixed experience. I’ve tried the lovely shops in Soho (Berwick St) but
those shops are full of crazily expensive, mostly ostentatious fabric
(to match the crazily expensive rents for the shops no doubt). I
visited the shops on Goldhawk Rd but was intimidated by the lack of
information on the bolts. I don’t want to ask about each appealing
fabric, nor do I know enough to judge the fabric content by feel alone.
I’ve mail ordered samples but when ready to order (only a day or so
after receiving said samples) the fabrics are no longer available.
I was turned on to Rolls and Rems on Seven Sisters Rd in Holloway/Nag’s
Head. A very neatly organised, but jam-packed store with a reasonably
priced range of basics (different cottons, wools and jerseys) and some
dance wear, as well as some muppet like faux furs. Ultimately,
I’ve ended up ordering some ponte, some jersey and some cotton, and
purchased some other cottons, zips, threads and lining at Rolls and Rems
and have begun the process of rejuvenating my wardrobe.