A couple of weeks back, I spoke of helping Nil out with cleaning out his grandmother’s apartment because she was sick and needed to hire a live-in nurse. She had lived in the said apartment since the 1950s and it was home for a short while for Nil and his parents when he was a kid. Needless to say, the place is full of vintage goods, from real mink (gifts from my grandfather’s clients – he was a banker) to tons of yarn, baby clothes and buttons.
My father-in-law was adamant that whatever wasn’t of use was going to the trash – Nil’s grandmother survived two world wars and was not in the habit of trashing things just like that so there was a lot of stashed things which she later on forgot about over the years. So when he found an old 1970s sewing machine, we thought it would be a waste to trash it considering that Nil’s grandmother hardly used it. Upon closer examination, we discovered that on the surface, it was in mint condition so Nil suggested that I adopt it…together with some of her yarn stash. She gladly approved of it.
Today, I managed to test out this little vintage baby. It’s an Elna Lotus TSP which is circa 1975 to 1977. Portable and quite lightweight for a vintage electric machine, it comes with a full set of accessories (bobbins, threader, oil, brush, extra guide pedals, needles), foot pedal and two manuals. Believe it or not, it sews pretty well for an oldie – took us a minute or two to figure out how to get things going because the manual was in French and the only one who understands French really well doesn’t know how to operate a sewing machine. HAHAHAHA. Still, despite not knowing how to operate a sewing machine, the manual is very user friendly and Nil sewed his first straight line as he proudly proclaimed!
So far, things look promising and the tension, stitch width and all has been set up. I have yet to really test it out on proper fabric, but hopefully we’ll have something to show for by this week with my first patchwork project. In the meantime, it’s back to the sewing machine and surfing the net for info on hotels like the Riviera Hotel. My belly is getting awfully big for anything else so am afraid that the spinning wheel will go into hiatus soon together with fibre dyeing. *sobs*