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 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 paste? Silver-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.
Back 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
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!