I got this Nehalem pants pattern last year and spent an afternoon taping pages together, and then, couldn’t figure a fabric. I got this 1.5m of this light cotton (I think, has a linen quality but dont think its rame) in a market in Leeds in May and thought to finally sew them.
They sew up so fast – an afternoon, and the only adjustment I made was to place the tie an inch lower (hollow back). They are very practical (pockets and front seam which acts as a fold guide). I find I prefer to wear them with the waistband folded over, and if I was to wear the other way, I think I would make thicker ties for it. The only real issue I had was that the tops I had didn’t really seem to work with it – I was wearing the gathered sleeve t from the last post, but then I remembered my ‘smocky’. Its a top I bought when I was 15, and I have photos of me wearing it for the next 10 years and some. I think it retired to my sewing basket in 1996 as there is a tiny hole in it and I was going to repair it and yet never did/could. So happy to wear it again.
Looking at the photos just there unsure how come I am squinting into the light – I look asleep…..and it wasn’t even that bright this morning…
And the Nehalems were sewn on a featherweight! I have acquired one and can so see the appeal of them now.
Some months ago I was in a local charity shop and got talking to the manager Aileen. We were talking sewing and she asked me to look at some machines for their value. I looked at 2 and cleaned them and got one working and then she brought in this case….. and it was a featherweight a bit worse for wear. Cracked lacquer, damaged case, rust on the tray but luckily none on machine – the chrome on the needle plate is damaged. There was an issue with the bobbin which would be expensive to fix. I explained (too much – her eyes glazed over) to Aileen that it was a lovely machine but as it would be expensive to fix I could not offer her much -she was happy to take 30 and I kept telling her she should really advertise it for more money (how pathetic am I!). So I brought it home. Cleaned and tidied case as much as I could.
- which was using metal polish on the spare bobbins as well as some attachments and the tray to clean off the rust (some attachements were in a box and they were fine)
- Metal cleaner on the latches etc of case – one latch is a bit buckled but it does have a key
- PVA on the case where the vinyl was torn and bubbling
- oiled everything – which in turn made the cracked lacquer less obvious
- cleaned bobbin case as it had dirt preventing the bobbin sitting in
and justified getting it fixed by Morgan as there were a few things still off with it (crack in the bobbin case holder and tension spring gone) for 160euro incl parts – and I was also rather chuffed that Morgan was enthusiastic about its repair (he kept telling me normally he would never give repair advice but did I know these were a really good machine….and told me about a matching iron they made for them….) and when I got sewing on it….it sews a charm – and I can see why the fan club exists for this machine. The stitch is like the elna (technically the elna may be slightly better), and the machine has a lovely noise/rhythm – it reminds me of my favourite GIF (both sooo cute)
Its also very portable. I have started to bring it to the community sew room for me to sew on if there are not enough machines as its light enough to put in a bag. (less bulk that way). I also justified spending 160euro on the fix as I had taken a second job, and I was going to sell the 99k (now sold). However, since I also had to drop one of my jobs, as I was working 2 part time jobs spread over 7 days a week and getting very tired, so I have now changed jobs from retail(job 1), back to clerical work (job 2 which is temping part-time). The change is good overall, and now I have time to start on the new irish dance dress……….which technically will be my main job for the next few weeks!