...a New Home sewing machine for £20! It had been PAT tested, its motor sounded perfect and had all the additional zig-zag, binding and button feet, so I brought it on the spot.When I got it home I noticed that the tension in the stitching was a bit out, so its gone to an excellent local sewing machine shop to have a service. Then it'll hopefully it'll be pedal to the metal! I know it's the second machine I've brought in a year (remember the Singer?), but I have an irrational fear of my machine suddenly breaking down beyond repair whilst I'm sewing something and having no back-up machine at the ready. Nightmare!
As the machine was quite heavy to lug back to Archie and I was itching to have a look around the other charity shops, I left the machine in the shop whilst I had a further mooch about. This turned out to be a good move as I found these patterns to add to my collection at 30p each - bargain!:
I love collecting Stitchcraft magazines, especially those from the 1940s so I couldn't believe my luck when I found this December 1947 issue. It includes a girls' Fair Isle twin set and these knitted boots complete with sash window cord soles, remember - rationing was still taking place so haberdashery materials were scarce. I really like these and might have as go at making a pair.
In the meantime: happy knitting/sewing/charity shop hunting!