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There is still an empty space in the heart of my sewing room while I`m waiting for the arrival of my new sewing machine. Hopefully, tomorrow will be the day – but then originally it was meant to be Monday, but the dealer called my to let me know that there was a problem ordering the machine I’d originally decided on (the Bernia 550 Quilt Edition), so now I’ll be getting the Bernina 530 with the Quilt Giszmo and a free walking foot thrown in – big happy face!


In the meantime I started to do what I could on my new dress Burdastyle 4/2016 #101, last pictured here:


Following my recently discovered obsession for solids I bought a royal purple knit. The pattern calls for a woven, not a knit, so in order to stabilise the bodice I underlined with nude knit lining. I hope that is going to be sufficently stable to keep the bodice in place while still allowing me to omit the back zipper – putting that into a dress made from a relatively thin viscose knit would be a recipe for desaster, I think.

Other than that I even tidied my sewing room in preparation for the new arrival (“preparing the nest” as one commentator very aptly put it 🙂 ). For a little while I thought I might even publish one of those “Look at my sewing room” posts while everything is tidy – but then I decided that a tidy sewing room would be such an unfair representation of the state the room is in 99.9% of the time that it would be almost a lie. My sister keeps saying that we were at the back of the queue when the tidiness gene was handed out…

So I’ll leave you just with a snippet of tidiness: my new “I`m the next project in line (once the queue is moving and if Chris doesn’t get distracted by something more shiny)” sewing magazine organiser:


For once in its life time it’s being used as intended, so it can only be minutes until it gets covered in all sorts of other sewing paraphenalia…
If you know where one can get a backup dose of tidiness genes, do let me know!


A Last Salute for the General

Thank you so much for all your kind enquiries in and good wishes for the health of The General.

I’m sad to have to say that the General has passed on – what I thought might be a simple case of exhaustion has proved to be a fatal heart attack. The General will now live on in my thoughts and memories and – no doubt – have a great time in Sewing Machine Heaven. While I’m observing a minute’s silence you might want to read how it all started.

Sad, ey?

But the General is dead, long live the General: Grief-stricken as I was I ordered a new Bernina machine there and then in the sewing machine shop where I received the dreadful news. Hopefully it will arrive early next week. Who knows, I might even manage to make an Easter dress on it. As you know, it’s not a matter of lack of fabric that’s keeping me 😉

A Sad Story from the Sewing Room

Long time no see, ey? And want to know why?
Look at my sewing room:


Isn’t this a kimono robe waiting to be underlined? And a flowery top cruelly abandoned mid-construction? And a spring coat that only needs its belt done?


And doesn’t each box contain a ready cut project, patiently waiting it its sewing queue?



But wait, what’s this? The overlocker and cover stitch machine all ready and waiting? But where is the trusty Bernina, matron – no – general of the sewing room?

You might have guessed it: General Bernina has gone AWOL. She’s been having a break (a very unexpected and uncalled for break, I might add) at the repair shop for the last 10 days. Adding insult to injury my backup machine had been out of order for months, so now both machines are having a holiday while my queue keeps building and building.

The lady at the repair shop said it might be 10 to 14 days to get her fixed, so given that we are on day 11 today and I discovered some rust inside the machine when I tried to shake her 32-year old self back into life I’m starting to get a little worried.

So in the meantime there has been no sewing from me, only manic tracing and cutting – and I might have started 4 new knitting projects to compensate 😉

I actually have a backlog of finished items to blog, but I felt I was having “fat weeks” rather  than “fat days” so had even less inclination to pose for pictures than normally. (May I add that back in the real world I weigh the exact same than at any point during the last years – I’m not really prone to weight fluctuations, so those fat weeks really are all in the mind.)

So anyways, I just thought I’d update you with this sad story from the sewing room. Burda have been making some stuff I like, so while I am in limbo I might write a little review of the April edition soon.

Keep your fingers crossed that my Bernina will be back where she belongs at the helm of the sewing room soon!