Friends, if you've been reading MPB for more than a year, you probably know that my vintage Pfaff 30, which I found at the end of 2010 on Craigslist and bought from a Broadway actress (whose mother had purchased it new) was one of my most treasured sewing machine finds.
It hadn't been sewn with for decades and the motor burned off many layers of smoky dust at first. But once I had this machine cranking, it was a fabulous workhorse and I thought we'd be together forever. But life doesn't always turn out the way we expect.
How could I have predicted that between then and now I would acquire two Singer Featherweights, a Kenmore 158.141 in a table, a Kenmore 158.1040 (the 3/4 portable with the rose-embossed case), and a Singer 201 gifted from Rain? Suddenly, my Pfaff, which I'd sewn on constantly throughout the early part of 2010, felt redundant and, once I found my Featherweight table at Christmastime last year, it took up precious space I no longer had.
I decided to sell it, but due to my ambivalence, I didn't do much to make that happen. As it does so often, however, fate intervened. Two MPBreaders, Kimberly and Amanda, came to see me in Noah's Very Unusual Insight last Friday, and while I was chatting with them after the show, I offhandedly mentioned that if either one of them was interested in a vintage Pfaff straight stitcher, they should let me know (ha ha). Lo and behold, the following day I received an email from Kimberly saying that she was interested in the machine!
A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll let it do the talking. Below are Amanda (left) and Kimberly (right) last night.
Here's Amanda carrying the table (without the machine in it, of course) out of my apartment and out of my life (sob).
I'm still in shock, but Kimberly assures me that I can come visit my-I mean her Pfaff in the East Village whenever I want (That IS what you said, isn't it, Kimberly?). That made me feel a little better. I gave Kimberly a detailed tutorial on how the machine works -- how to oil it, thread it, wind the bobbin, etc. I wasn't sure if I was being overly parental but, hey, I could be Kimberly's father (alas). I feel responsible.
Thankfully, this painful goodbye has been somewhat offset by a few exciting hellos.
My O'Mast video arrived yesterday! This is the documentary about Neopolitan tailoring by Gianluca Migliarotti I mentioned over the weekend, which has also been featured on the blog Made by Hand -- The Great Sartorial Debate. Should we have a home screening/pot luck sometime this Spring perhaps? Look at the cute packaging!
I also just received Lynda Maynard's book, The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. I'll talk more about this one in the future, but here's a peek.
On Sunday, I promised you a pic of Michael's sister Sara's Prada pumps, picked up at a NYC consignment store at a great -- albeit still high in my book, but what do I know? -- price on her visit here last weekend. I must say they're lovely and (Sara assures me) practical!
Big news! We now have RCN cable Internet service instead of crummy Verizon DSL. Uploads are practically instantaneous. I called for installation on Monday and Monday evening we were already using it -- how often does that happen in life? Normally I hate dealing with phone/Internet/cable companies, but it felt SO good to cancel my Verizon service, I can't tell you.
Friends, that's it. A few questions:
1) Have you ever sold a vintage sewing machine and later regretted it?
2) Have you ever bought/sold shoes on consignment?
3) Can anyone recommend a good HD video camera (or a still camera that has HD video capability) for less than $500? (Ideally much less) Now that I have cable Internet I'd like to produce some higher quality video but my Canon S90 doesn't do HD.
4) Anybody up for a spring potluck/screening (maybe we can throw in another video and make it a double feature. The Singing Nun perhaps?)
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!