|My mother's lovely old Necchi sewing machine|
I am always making something. Actually most of the stuff I make isn't for me at all. Something I am trying to remedy!
I have arrived at my parents house in the past, and been faced with a large roll of furnishing fabric, and a lounge suite. Dark Brown. Kinda velvety. Not my favourite but it was very forgiving fabric and I managed to do a good job with my mothers old Necchi sewing machine.
This machine has defined what I do in my life. Given to my mother before I was born, it was the first machine I ever used,at about eight years old, and the first thing I ever made were rolls and rolls of crepe paper Christmas decorations. Cut strips of the paper and place together with white on one side, red or green on the other. Sew all the way up the centre, then cut into the edges of the paper to form a fringe. Twist and stick up on the ceiling. Ever so retro! They lasted for years and years. From then on the Necchi was my favourite thing. It has a book of patterns that you can produce by slotting a lot of cogs together. I was fascinated.
When my family left what was Rhodesia, and moved to the UK, I used to go to church jumble sales and buy things and rehash them. Good old Necchi sewed them up again. We lived there a year, and then we moved to South Africa, and I wanted to study to become a physiotherapist. I really wanted to be a vet, but a very sexist male vet said girls were too weak to become vets.
I didn't get accepted. My Dad saw an advert in the paper, "Fashion Design as a Career" and so I did that instead.
Clever Dad. He saw what I just couldn't see.
So, here I am, on holiday, using the same machine. (Now 56 years old!)
She still purrs away, and if she wasn't so terribly heavy I would bring her home with me. She weighs 15kg!
So, this time, so far, I have sewn a new net curtain for my Dad's lounge window. The cat ripped the old one. I hate net curtains, but you know how oldies love them.....
|Karen and Dad on her new section|
|they feel better than they look!|
|Hmmm... more sit ups required! and make them shorter!|
So... two weeks down and another 2 to go. Whats next?
Adust some shirts for my Dad,I think. And then? I have no idea!