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Take Your Sewing Machine Out of Mothballs

June 7, 2014

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It seems incredible to believe that Swiss manufacturers were turning out exquisitely stitched machine embroidery to imitate some of the fashionable hand made lace and other embroideries in the mid 1800s.  Elaborate multi needle machines were doing exquisite work.   Soon afterwards  the domestic sewing machine was used as a simpler machine to imitate lace and hand embroidery. The humble Singer Sewing Machine had an important role in the forward movement  of sewing.  The Singer Sewing Machine Company was the first in history to implement the payment plan which was very useful to those who now had this option available to them.   Today, even though the machines we use are more sophisticated in a variety of ways, we still use some of the basic functions of the sewing machine to do free machining. Students are always amazed that they can work on any basic elderly machines and get great results. Of course you can also use new sewing machines too……. Free machining means that the feed dogs are not engaged (not working) and you can move the fabric under the needle in any direction to work with the needle as a pencil.  You can outline, fill in  and create a huge number of visually attractive marks. Yes, it does sound easy but there are  a great number of things that can be learnt by spending time with your machine  that helps to release the inner artist and gain confidence.  Have a look at the next Level 1 Experimental Machine Stitch course at our center for more information. Click Here to see a video demo of machine lace. Enjoy!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. pennypeters permalink
    June 7, 2014 2:28 am

    How inspiring! Smashing results from even simple sewing machines.

  2. September 23, 2016 6:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts and commented:

    A little history – be sure to check out the video link at the end of the post to see Gail making machine lace.

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