2 new additions to the family…

First of all, feast your eyes on this beauty!

was an absolute nightmare to find on the internet as the brand was only known as “Regency” in the UK and elsewhere the manufacturer was called “Morse” and the model was the 4400… *tsk* this happened with my starlet/genie too! why do they have to call things different names in different countries!

Anyhow it was being horded by Alex’s parents, it belonged to his grandmother and this is the state it came to me in:

can you believe something that dirty was being stored in a bedroom? CRAZY! anyhow it’s all cleaned up and beautiful now…. with thee help of some bicarb/white vinegar/lemon juice and hot water.

It comes in its own little table and can handle dual needle sewing as well as some interesting decorative stitches, interestingly enough even though it looks SO typically 50’s with it’s shiny shiny chrome details and big friendly buttons, it was infact manufactured in the mid 60’s! but I think that’s because it is the 4’th in the ‘fotomatic’ line and by the looks of it they kept a similar design all the way though….

And of course… IT DOESN’T WORK!!!

This is how it looks at the moment sitting in my living room

the lever on the left is the stitch pattern selector and it’s supposed to turn the belt on the left when it is ‘clicked’… it does not… Alex is very concerned that I’m messing around with the complicated innards of a family heirloom but I want to use it dammit! I can fix it I’m sure. … watch this space….

also lookee here:

That, my friends is an “Adjustoform Supafit Leg Form Sew-Deluxe” aka my first ever dressmakers dummy!! I’m kind of afraid of it! I’ve just adjusted it to ‘life size’ (unfortunately slightly bigger than in the picture 🙁 ) and it’s a little creepy stood in the corner, I’ve put one of my dresses on it, I don’t think that helps…
I got it from here £119 + free scissors and free delivery! bargain!

So now I’ve got the dress form I can start constructing my muslin for the hello kitty dress!

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