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Take Your Sewing Machine Out of Mothballs

September 23, 2016

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

Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts

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…

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  1. September 25, 2016 4:52 pm

    Would love to be working on my machine lace right now! The poplar leaves on the grass are giving lots of inspiration for possible colour and design ideas!

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