Do you have a beautiful old black cast iron sewing machine inherited from an older relative? Bought one on a whim, or always wanted to just try one? No idea what to do with it and don’t know where to start? This is the workshop for you!
Join Isabella to learn how to use your lovely old vintage sewing machine, what it can do and how to look after it.
The workshop will cover the basics of bobbin winding and threading, tension adjustments, basic maintenance and what to do with that box of mystery attachments that came with your machine. There will also be a couple of the more unusual optional attachments to try out, did you know you can sew buttonholes on these old machines too, and do free style embroidery? The workshop will also include making a small sewing project, to practice using your machine.
This workshop is aimed at the old black style vintage machines such as the very popular Singers. These came as hand crank, treadle and electric versions. You are welcome to bring your own one in if you wish but if it is electric it must be safe to use and preferably been checked by an electrician, old electrical wiring can become unsafe with age. We reserve the right to refuse to use a machine in the workshop if it is thought unsafe in any way.
Hand crank machines and even treadle ones are welcome, if you can carry it in! Otherwise you are welcome to use one of Isabella’s collection of hand crank vintage Singer machines, we can try to match you up with the one you have at home, if you send us a photo. Or if you gave any other questions about the suitability of your machine, please get in touch.
All test materials will be provided. You can use one of our beginner friendly sewing machines. You can also bring your own machine in to use, but it must be in good working condition. It would also be helpful to let Isabella know what machine you’ll bringing.
Refreshments are included, for when you need a little break. The workshop will be delivered following any current COVID guidelines. Spaces are limited so early booking is advised. Suitable for adults. All abilities are welcome.
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