I will be honest. I am not a sewer or seamstress.
I have a sewing cabinet with a Singer Diana machine in it that hasn't been used in years.
The cabinet holds some sewing supplies and some stuff.
It's a storage place. That's it.
There is a lot of vintage things that I display on the shelf above the cabinet along with some childhood mementos.
This sewing cabinet is taking up some valuable space in this room and I may sell it. That means I'll have to find a new place for the stuff stuffed inside of it. But that's okay with me.
The brown woven sewing basket belonged to my aunt Henri of the tea room fame. The larger pictures in the above collage are some of the things that were in the basket when I got it.
I love the old wooden spools of thread, the packets of sewing needles, old white buttons, snaps, tape measures and 'bits and bobs' of things that make up a sewing basket.
Even leftover bits of lace and the crocheted edge of a cotton pillow slip are too good to throw away.
I made the lamp using a large mason jar and a lamp kit.
I filled the jar with old spools of thread.
Oh, did you spy the patterns in the box?
I'm saving them for another post. :)
I love old patterns too. So why do I save these things?
They belonged to people I loved who loved to sew.
They are of a time when women made their clothes, curtains, bedding etc. either from patterns they bought or made up.
They used old fabric from used dresses, coats and suits.
They were the original recyclers. And they enjoyed their work.
I must say I do not have the patience for sewing.
I learned to sew in Home Economics class starting in Grade 7 where I made my first, and last, apron. I wish I still had it as it was a blue and white gingham. I even made a few dresses in high school and a blouse or two. When I got this Singer sewing machine I was bound to make clothes for our newborn daughter as she grew up. Really? No. I did make a couple of dresses for me but that was it. I made curtains once. Simple straight edged sewing. I didn't get too frustrated with them. But, anything else? Forget it. It wasn't worth the pain of frustration and impatience.
So the machine sits lonely in it's cabinet filled with stuff.
I think it's time to let it go.
But, I'd like to make some curtains for the kitchen and bathroom.
We'll see. I may have to get the sewing machine serviced before I do. Oh dear. Maybe I'll get a friend who is a real seamstress to make my curtains. I don't have any notions to sew at all.
I'll be counting buttons.