I am a very frugal, thrifty person by nature, but I have one weak spot when it comes to compulsive purchases - vintage sewing machines.
I'm getting better at practicing self-control, but craigslist...oh my gosh, craigslist... talk about a gold mine of vintage sewing machines. I even set up email alerts for any newly posted machines, and the most recent alert was one I couldn't pass up. So without further ado, do you want to see the newest addition to the JordsenDesigns' studio?
Meet Vera, (my son helped me name her) a Necchi BU Mira that I got off Craigslist for only $50! She came from a wonderful home so full of sewing machines that there wasn't room for her. Shes a beauty. Sturdy, powerful, a drab olive color, and in great working condition! I must admit: I know very little about this machine, or Necchi BU Miras, in general. I bought her as a project - a learning experience - and I couldn't be more excited!
I've done a bit of research, and as far as I know, this machine dates back to the late 1940's-early 1950's. She's all steel, zero plastic parts, which is a total plus. With consistent punching power, this workhorse machine doesn't skip a beat (or stitch). She's very simple and mechanical, featuring only straight stitch and zigzag. She has been well taken care of inside and out, but, as with most vintage machines, came with sixty some odd years of vintage dirt and grime.
First order of business: READ THE MANUAL! (Always read the manual. You will learn so much.)
Second order of business: find out as much as I can about this machine. I'm using this as my chance to learn how to clean and maintenance vintage machines to their original shine. I'll be sure to update you with my progress and results!
If you're older and wiser and know ANYTHING about Necchi BU Miras, please share!
Now that you've seen my beautiful, new addition, what do you think?
Have you or a relative ever owned a machine like this?
I am so excited to announce group sewing lessons and workshops
- with me as the instructor - will be starting in Fall 2016!!!
I've found a great space for us to get together and I guarantee you will have fun learning how to sew.
Classes you can expect:
Sewing Machine 101: Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine
Learn everything from turning your machine on, to winding a bobbin, threading machine, and sewing simple stitches. Use your new skills to complete a project and leave feeling confident in how to use your machine.
Holiday Make and Take
Bring your friends to freshen up your sewing skills while making a holiday themed home decor project. Learn simple sewing skills and techniques like hemming, seam finishing, cutting out pattern pieces, and more.
Home Alterations and Repairs
Learn simple alterations you can do at home such as: hemming, taking in blazers/jackets/tops, mending, replacing buttons, etc. This is a valuable skill set that is sure to save you money.
These are just a few examples of classes I plan on offering, but let's not limit ourselves! If you are interested in learning a technique not mentioned above, let me know. Grab your friends or come meet new friends. There's never been a better time to learn to sew than NOW! It's a skill that will last a lifetime. See you in the Fall!
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Shout out to all my fellow sewing junkies! Check this out...
The Bernina Swiss Sew Essential Tool.
I'm very much my mother's daughter in that I have a knack for Swiss Army Knives, Multi Purpose Tools, and everything of the sort. But this one tops them all!
It's also know as the 'Lady's Knife' and you can read all about it here.
What other cool sewing accessories do you know about?