My sewing machine has been around for decades. I think it is from the 1950s or 60s. It still works wonderfully. BUT…..all it does is go forwards and backwards. And the reason it has been around this long is it is made of solid steel. The steel means that it is only portable because I have the men in my life move it for me.
Recently I changed all that. I took all my birthday and Christmas money and bought this….Bells and whistles galore! It does more than forwards and backwards! Way more! And doesn’t weigh a thousand pounds! I wanted to try it out on a small project to see what it does. I thought a muff that goes with my 1895 dinner ensemble would do the trick. I have a cape for it so why not a muff as well.
I cut a rectangle out of some white broad cloth and out of the left over fashion fabric. I used the overlock stitch on the edges. This particular project didn’t really need it but I wanted to see how it worked because I have had some projects that I would have benefited from it. I sewed the white cloth into the base of the muff using these instructions. I whipped stitched the edge by hand and got this.It was a bit shorter and fatter than I thought. How is it one can follow instructions and end up with something different from the other person? I think I may have over stuffed mine. It is still usable.
Then I worked on the cover fabric. My purse and my cape have a leaf pattern in it so I decided to use the leaf stitch on my machine. I’m thinking machine embroidery is not exactly historically authentic but we wont dither over details.
The next step was to put the cover together following these instructions.
As an added side note, I now have a submission for the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge 4: Embellish.