|deconstructed frenchie body shirt one of a kind|
Last week Samara kindly invited me to be her “Friday Friend” to talk about my craft on her blog; it was going to be the standard Q and A, but as I just did something similar for Seam Magazine I suggested a different tack.
|Scoop Neck Mini Dress - UK Size 8|
Maker of clothes
Fold the virgin cloth
Cut . . . ?
Hesitate . . . ?
Once cut it can never again be whole
Weaver of dreams
The fabric of your life
Remains on a roll
Fearing an error
You commit a greater sin
For cloth has a duty
And a right to be worn
So I will always sew, but over the last few years my business – Cyndy Kitt Productions – has focussed on selling new parts for vintage sewing machines and renovating treadle powered machines which I sell through my housemate’s store, Anne Bonny’s Locker. I also scan hard to find vintage and antique sewing machine manuals for digital restoration and reproduction, and write my own fully revised and updated versions when I feel the original lacks important information.
I still use my high speed industrial machines, but more often I am finding real pleasure sewing in the slow lane on vintage treadle powered machines; sewing simple things like sewing wallets, eco grocery bags, cushion covers and rouleau cord for fabric jewellery. There is no practical business model in these projects, but while they are waiting to be bought my vintage sewing machines need to be used to prevent their old joints from seizing and it is only by doing real projects that I can tell if a machine is not working as she should.
Vali the 1908 Singer