During this years bushmoot, aside from the usual making things out of forest materials, one guy brought his sewing machine and did a talk. His love of them and their history was eye opening, but he also gave us a quick run down and some general knowledge.
My wife has (had?) A 66k but whilst I tried to work with it I failed miserably – it refused to sew.
So on the way back from my holiday I picked up a 201K (the luxury sewing machine of its age, worth about 6 months average wages!) Made in March 1940 for about £75 from good old eBay. Its not quite mint (but close!), but with a few drops of oil it started to run much smoother!
Anyway, I set it up and exactly the same thing happened that happened me on the wife’s 66K.
So, it wasn’t the machine, it was obviously me! So now knowing with some pointers from my new found friend I finally worked out where I’d been going wrong!
And whilst I used high school maths to work out the correct circumference, I completely failed to add a seam allowance to the sides.
So a small mistake.
And by bizarre coincidence, the camo lined up. But it still works and I’m pleased with my first attempt.