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Sewing

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!

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Anyway, I set it up and exactly the same thing happened that happened me on the wife’s 66K.

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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!

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And whilst I used high school maths to work out the correct circumference, I completely failed to add a seam allowance to the sides.

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So a small mistake.

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And by bizarre coincidence, the camo lined up. But it still works and I’m pleased with my first attempt.

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