It is nice to set up the treadle machine outside. Canary thread works well in the made-in-Guelph Raymond, which has a shuttle style bobbin. The peacock decals on the machine bed have worn off. The leather belt needed tightening. These pliers are made to cut hide belts (industrial ones are thicker and were originally buffalo),…… Continue reading sewing with the birds
The Cornely A5 chainstitch embroidery machine hasn’t had 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…… Continue reading cornely machine
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…… Continue reading Nudie’s sewing machine
I love using this beautiful machine.