The Cornely A5 chainstitch embroidery machine hasn’t gotten much use in the past six years.
After learning how to work with natural dyes, I’ve finally accumulated a pretty good range of thread colours.
The machine itself is made in France. The rest was put together in New York City.
It might be from sometime in the 1960s or early 70s.
Making multi-colour images on a manual chainstitch machine is a very time-consuming process. It takes a lot of focus. It’s the sort of work that shuts everything else off.
Tailoring with all natural materials on the Singer 31-15, c. 1942.
Wool gabardine dyed with goldenrod, madder and cochineal. Backed and lined with organic cotton.
Organic cotton thread dyed with onion skins. Old shell buttons.
Nudie Cohn in his workshop. The embroidery panels on the table are similar to one of Robert Redford’s suits in 1979’s Electric Horseman. Young apprentice Manuel Cuevas, (who recently turned 86) is at the pressing table.
The machine behind Nudie is now at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Without knowing it was the same model, I got this one off Kijiji Kitchener for 75.00 about ten years ago.
The serial number says it belongs to a lot of 15,000 made in November 1948.
I love using this beautiful machine.