Monday, January 6, 2014

Bye bye 2013, Hello 2014!

So many non-sewing related things happened last year and I've grown up a wee bit thanks to all of those. My sewing took to back burner and I have absolutely no regrets.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, they say! I found that to be true, to my amazement. 'Letting go' seems to be the general theme for last year. And I also discovered that I was not forced by life to 'let go' and that it was a choice. MY choice! I discovered the strength to stand up for myself and not put up with disrespect and the strength to let go.



Letting go did not create a void in my life, but some space. A generous breathing space. I guess, making that space in my life consciously, has brought some welcoming changes around here and we are thrilled.... I also owe 3 people, some love filled packages... It's coming sooooon. I promise!

As for sewing resolutions for this year, I have none! I'm going to practice being grateful for all that I have and to live in the moment.

Looking forward for 2014!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Alterations DVD giveaway by Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim is Victoria's new teacher - a very established tailor who did / still does fine tailoring.

Too bad he lives in Savannah, Georgia... But luckily, he's giving away 10 of his Alterations DVDs and I would like to win one of those.

Check out his blog.  And while you are there, do remember to  sign up for his DVD giveaway as well.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Toronto Sewing bloggers meetup

The second one is being planned, ladies!

Funnygrrl from Falling through your clothes  is visiting Toronto and is organizing a sewing bloggers meetup. Who wants in?

The details are here.

Update: I couldn't make it this time around as I had to be elsewhere on that very day. Maybe next time! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Elna Supermatic


I saw this beauty advertised for sale and left it alone... For a long time.

And now she's mine. Feel free to shake your head thinking "Incorrigible". Laugh all you want, but she's mine! All mine.

SSsshhh! We don't talk about the no-buy resolution in these parts anymore! Remember? I gave it up in June and not looking back.


All the machines I've tried in the past 20 years.. could never match up to the straight stitch from my mom's treadle. And now I've found one that possibly can.  I've read about vintage Elna's a bit and have found that they could make a stitch as good as vintage Bernina's. Let's see if she can rise up to the challenge. I picked her up yesterday. She came with just one accessory - the zigzag cam. I don't think I care about other accessories.. At least not at this point, anyway. I also found the Elna Supermatic manual online.

The good news is that she seems to work! Yay! Bad news is that there's some noise; The needle moves freely not hitting anything but there's some noise elsewhere. I've read that the pulley might be off and needs replacing every 50 yrs. The Youtube video that talks about changing the pulley in Elna Supermatic seems to have a different noise than mine. But first things first - she needs a bit of cleaning and a lot of oiling to see if the sound still exists. If it is the pulley, apparently it is easy to change on my own and the pulley can be bought online at RayWhite. But I might get it serviced as well.

A machine that was well used and care for at some point and put away for long time.  Needs a tiny bit of TLC before she can be back in full form kicking ass.

In case you are wondering if I am sewing at all, yes, I have finished a dress and wore it thrice already and love it! Just waiting for pictures before I post on that.