Earlier this week I posted about the Pattern Pyramid I hosted. BUT THAT WAS ONLY HALF THE STORY – I received another, very thoughtful gift from Sew Biased, a copy of the original handbook that would have come with the Elna Grasshopper. Sew Biased noticed that I had previously blogged about My Grasshopper which was my grandmothers 1950s (or ’60s?) sewing machine. I used it for many years and even though I now have a computerised Janome my Grasshopper still keeps me company in my sewing room.
The manual has many pearls of wisdom…
Turns out there are 17(!!!!!) place that you’re meant to oil
And that I’ve been refilling the bobbin incorrectly all this time…awkward
There’s also five whole pages on what to do when things go wrong. Very handy indeed.
Now on to the thing you’re actually wanting from this post … The winner of the Pattern Pyramid … AND THE WINNER IS Country Girl Couture – WELL DONE! Send me an email and I’ll send this package your way!
For now I’ll leave you with this slightly weird video of someone demonstrating the Grasshopper’s functions…
Monday was my thrid week my sewing class where I’m making this dress. During the week I had already finished putting the darts in, joining the facings together at the sides and over-casting the lower edge of the facings by hand. (Here’s how to do it)
My (not very neat) version of an overcast stitch:
Attaching the facings using my Grasshopper
So when I got to class I carried on making the sleeves:
I sewed 5/8″ edge down
Trimed the excess:
Matched the front and back shoulder seams and machine sewed them together following the folded down edge as a guide. The facings sat nicely together so I then I hand sewed the facings together.
Here is the finished sleeve – voila!
How’s your sewing project going?