Hello, and thank you for joining us for another Friday Flashback.
This week I am happy to bring to you a beautiful collection called Antique Sewing Machines.
This collection was created approximately 9 years ago, and is still one of my favourites.
I can remember my grandmother had a classic singer treadle back in the 70’s that we used to love to play on, and that is one of my favourite memories of her.
A few years ago, my darling husband found me a classic singer treadle that needed some work, and brought it for me. Now we have barely done any work on it yet, but I still love the machine.
I specifically asked the artist that I work with to create me a collection of classic machines. I wanted something that was full of detail, and looked “real” rather than cartoonish.
I have an amazing artist that I work with, who has an amazing skill for creating exactly what I need and want.
I was thrilled when I got the files to work on, they had totally exceeded my expectations.
These designs took a lot of work. On average, there are between 13000 and 15000 stitches in each design. It was also a time in machine embroidery where not all machines had jump stitch cutters and I was very careful when I created the designs to ensure that there were no unnecessary jump stitches in the designs, giving a lovely smooth stitch out.
There are 15 designs in the Antique Sewing Machine Collection, and I can still remember back to 2009 when I first created these how happy I was when they were stitching out beautifully.
I initially created a beautiful lap rug with these designs, and I have spent the last 3 weeks looking for it, so that I could photograph it and share it with you. Unfortunately I cannot find it for the life of me. (although I have now photographed and arranged everything else). The laprug was made up of 12 different sewing machine designs, stitched out on white fabric, with a medium/dark gray thread. I love using gray thread instead of black, as it softens the look of the embroidery, and gives it a very antique look.
When I put the blocks of the quilt together, I tilted the blocks off centre, and used a border of soft floral fabric. I was then even inspired to quilt through all of the layers of the lap rug and finish it (something I rarely do).
I also made a couple of wallhangings with these designs, however never really loved any of them. Up until I got busy this week!
I can also remember going to a shop in Queensland, to find the staff had used these designs to decorate the back of their shirts for work. I thought this was a really innovative idea, and really turns a plain shirt, into a “work only” shirt.
Here you can see my latest two favourite wall hanging’s. One shows this weekends forecast, and the other is showing the power of the sewing machine. You can purchase these wallhanging designs for $9.95 each HERE.
Initially when I created this collection, we gave away a small sample of the needle and thread part of the machine. You can access this design HERE. Now I realise that I have been very lax over the past month, and have not been keeping up with my Friday Flashbacks, so for the next week, I am offering the Power Tool sewing machine design as a free download. This offer will expire in 7 days, so don’t hesitate to get your copy NOW.
I hope you have enjoyed this flashback, and are inspired to stitch out your own Antiques.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.