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Sew Mama Sew Sewing Machine Meme

My favourite website Sew Mama Sew has a sewing machine questionnaire on their site so that they can source lots of info on different types of sewing machines and find out what people want from one.

Here are my answers:

What brand and model do you have? A 1950;s (I think) Novum Deluxe Mark III, if anyone has any info on this brand I love to hear it as I can’t find anything on the internet about it.

How long have you had it? About a month

How much does that machine cost (approximately)? £5

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? Clothes mainly

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I try to sew every day but rarely manage it with 3 children and a house to run.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name? I love it and no, it doesn’t have a name.

What features does your machine have that work well for you? I have an amazing array of feet to go on it, a ruffler, a pintuck foot, a bias binding maker which also sews the bias tape onto the garment, a narrow hem foot and a few others.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? Nope.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it! Bought it at a car boot fair and knocked him down from £10, I do love a good haggle.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? YES!!!! Amazingly fast and smooth, sews like a dream to a near industrial standard, plus it looks fabulous too.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? I don’t know much about sewing machines, I just want one that can go through quite thick fabric and maybe even leather, is reliable, strong, simple and easy to use.

Do you have a dream machine? I think I have it already 🙂

Baby Goth

My order of fabric came from the USA the other day and I have been itching to use it and the first thing I made was a new dress for Poppy in this fabulous pink skull print fabric.

I have got quite fast at making these now and I can actually but the bia binding on with no trouble at all now, yippee!!


The Tree

If we were hamsters, and our house was their cage, the RSPCA would come round and rescue us for being overcrowded. Seeing as we are just humans however we just have to lump it.

So, lack of space means no space for a tree, not even our usual slimline artificial one so I decided to make one instead.

Its made from MDF, it’s painted BRIGHT green, the baubles hang inside sawn out holes and it looks fabulous and I LOVE it!!!




Still here

Do not fear, I’m still here!

I have been doing a LOT of crafting for the past couple of weeks but it is all for my Secret Santa so I can’t show any of it until after Christmas in case she sees it!

I am however making a fabulous Christmas tree which I designed and my husband is doing all the hard manly stuff with the holesaw and jigsaw but I shall be uploading the photos of it’s various stages of development tomorrow and hopefully it’s completion!

Cherry Pops

 Another a-line dress, each one gets better and better, this one was 98% perfect, I am still having trouble with the joins on the bias binding but I will get there.

This one is baby soft needle cord and I put red bias binding on it. I managed to make this one in one afternoon, with kidteruptions of course.


Wilful Neglect

Yes, I have been neglecting this little baby of mine due to school holidays, 3 children and a dog to look after, disaster befalling us in the form of my husband  loosing his job plus a bout of illness that has inflicted us one after the other and which is still on going. Who’d have thought you could squeeze all that into 6 weeks ??

 Anyway, I had been working on something which is almost complete, I just have to hem it plus completely re-do the bodice because it doesn’t hang right on me, is there seriously any such thing as a standard body shape because I’m sure as Hell not it!!!!!

Here are a couple of photos of the unfinished dress, they were taken on my mobile phone because the battery has run out in my camera and I can’t find the charger at the mo, so not that great quality but you can get the idea……