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Book Review 11/13/10 1:24 PM
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing
First-this book is copyrighted 1943, so it isn't modern now! I purchased this some time ago off of EBay for a few bucks; it's a nice hardcover with high-quality paper. This must have been a fairly expensive book for its time, as my copy has a flyer inside talking about a 10-day free trial and also... more...
photo Sewing Machine Review 10/19/10 11:39 PM
Singer - Fashion Mate 258
I bought this little Singer six years ago out of curiosity. I'd never owned a Singer of any type, and this was my first. I have since learned a little more about the heirarchy of Singer when this was made a generation ago. Apparently, the Fashion Mate was right at the bottom of the line. It has ... more...
photo Sewing Machine Review 10/19/10 11:40 AM
Bernina - 1090
First-I purchased this machine for $199 because I was curious about the 1090. The reason it was so inexpensive is that it came with nothing-no foot pedal (about $175), accessory tray, extension table, etc. It did come with its original hard case. As I already own an 1130 and they use the same foo... more...
Sewing Machine Review 10/12/10 1:20 AM
Simplicity - S-02
I have heard about Simplicity machines for a few decades, but like others, I know their patterns better than the machines. I came across this little jewel on EBay, listing as mint-in-box, so I bought it for all of $26.07. Upon arrival it impressed me as roughly average in weight. This model says ... more...
Sewing Machine Review 10/4/10 0:31 AM
Bernina - 1005
Those who have read other of my reviews, or are familiar with Bernina's machine history, will recognize this 1005 as part of the '10' series from the late 80's to the late 90's. Additionally, it is a very close relative to the 1008 still being built in the Bernina factory in Thailand. For me, this... more...

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