Familiar Faces

Three years ago when I started blogging, it seemed a futile business.  By sharing knowledge, I wanted to contribute something to the internet – after years of take – but most posts would take hours to produce, especially tutorials, and I rarely knew whether anyone read them.  I began to think each post a message in a bottle tossed into the ocean, fingers crossed.

Kate DaviesKate of Fabrickated, who’s been blogging pretty much daily for just over a year, must have felt like that too but she quickly gained a readership of those who, like me, appreciate her well-informed and all-encompassing advice on style.  I like to see Kate’s creative output too, as it’s varied and bold.  I mean, discharge pasteSilver-leaf beetles!?  Well, last Friday I made my way to Kings Cross to meet her.  Though her PA led me straight to her office, I’d have recognized Kate very easily if I’d have had to pick her out in a busy crowd at the station.  She looks just like in her blog!  Not only that, she was wearing her painted silk camisole in colours I’ve come to associate with her.  (Kate on the other hand realised I was a bit of a tich!)  Although we knew quite a bit about each other, meeting in real life helped fill up lot of non-sewing gaps.  Kate very kindly took me for lunch by Regent’s Canal – a former running haunt of mine but much changed after development.  We were a couple of doors away from Central Saint Martins so afterwards we popped in to see some of the students’ exhibits.  Most of it was decidedly zany like the fuzzy gloves, each studded with painted red screws, which we tried on.  Kate and I both love, and feel very lucky to live in, London.  I’ve a lot of admiration for the work she does in enabling the city to be a home to so many.  I went home feeling like I’d been on a bit of an adventure.  It was an unexpected high and evidence of how through blogging my world has grown.

Elna 6200 Decorator's TouchBack at home, Elna was waiting, fresh from her two weeks’ recuperation at World of Sewing.  Here’s a list of the treatments she received, with apologies for the jargon:

Remove ‘play’ from bobbin race and gears

Reset tension

Fit new bobbin hook cover

Check timing and hook and needle clearance

Delinting, degreasing, oil and lubricate

Stitch test, Clean down

[And finally… ] Electrical safety test.

In the 8 years I’ve had this machine, I’ve ignored some warning signs and the work was well overdue.  It cost £148.56 with a guarantee of 6 months.

She now sews with a creamy purr, whereas previously she had a tendency to squeak and whine.  Alas, despite my surge of creativity, my task this weekend was to put Elna to a most basic drawstring-bag job.  This is to replace the tent poles bag belonging to his school which son lost on a camping trip and for which he’d otherwise be charged some deposit money if not replaced.  Luckily, the job was a quick one as I had the ideal instructions: my first ever blog post, Nosebag!

8 thoughts on “Familiar Faces

  1. That was quick! I so enjoyed meeting you and having a look round CStM. Those gloves were weird….I also found it funny that we knew quite a lot about each other but had never heard the voice or seen the person move. And yes – you do look quite tall on your blog.

  2. Kate looks lovely – how brilliant to meet up. Remember when we almost did? Perhaps we’ll try again when I come over for a visit although I can’t promise to talk about such mysteries as discharge pastel.
    I also sadly neglect my sewing machine(s). I do at least regularly change the needle these days but I’m still parsimonious with the oil. I know, like you, I will eventually pay the price.
    Just nipped over and had a look at your first post. Bless! No comments but I bet lots of people made a nice drawstring bag. It usually takes a long time to build up any sort of readership – unless, of course, you do lots of free tutorials or you get to be one of the chosen ones and are sponsored in some way by a shop or regularly invited to be a tester. I too felt (and sometimes still feel) as if nobody is reading but I now think of my blog as a sort of journal and place to put some photos which is why I write it as if I’m talking to myself or a mate. It has served as a good reference point for me on occasion and is useful in that way so I think of people reading and commenting as an added bonus.

    • Exactly, it’s a great way of keeping a creative journal and unlike with photos or written notes, the clutter is all up in the big cloud.

      When I didn’t blog for a long time (perhaps because of diy clutter over my sewing space or maybe because I simply didn’t need more clothes), I didn’t expect people to get in touch to ask if all was ok and yet some did (like yourself). That was lovely!

    • Well, thank you.

      You better start making plans for making your way over here sometime soon, to meet us 🙂

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