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A little vintage goes a long way!

June 19, 2015

1956-401a-BionicGearBag.jpgI’ve written about the Bionic Gear Bag (BGB) pattern by Sally Thompson before. It is a transformative pattern that will teach beginners the basics of sewing. It is challenging enough to keep the more experienced among us interested through to the last stitch. The resulting bag will transform the way you organize your essentials. It also serves as an important test project for my vintage sewing machines.

I have a BGB for my makeup and toiletries. I have one for my sewing tools and notions. I have made BGBs for gifts. I plan to make more to house my electronics’ cords, chargers, and other bits and bobs. I would like to fill one with office supplies to add to my mobile office set up. I will stitch one to help keep my knitting notions organized and accessible. The BGB is versatile and perfectly sized to easy to grab and go no matter what you fill it with.

The BGB is my go-to pattern when I add a new vintage sewing machine to my family (meet my sewing family here). Once a new machine is cleaned, serviced and polished, I use it to stitch a BGB.

  • The BGB creation process puts each machine through a rigorous process that shows me what the machine is capable of.
  • There are lots of bumps and bulk to test the machine’s ability to sew through layers.
  • The installation of five zippers helps me determine tension and stitch quality.
  • The BGB helps me decide if the machine will stay or go and whether that machine is in need further need of more servicing by someone more experienced than I.

My most recent machine is a 1956 Singer 401a, Cinnamon. She made it through the BGB without a skipped stitch or broken needle. This is a very powerful machine with lots of fancy stitch options. She sews a quality stitch that is straight and true. Cinnamon is now my “forever” machine. She passed this important test with flying colours!

Place your order for a customised Bionic Gear Bag today!

What are you sewing on?


Vintage Keeps on Quilting!

June 9, 2015

Ginger, my Singer 191B, and I are giving the vintage Singer walking foot a good run!


Vintage Sewing Machine Action!

June 4, 2015

I love my vintage machines. I now own eight vintage machines – meet the entire family. They are beautiful, yet functional and each one has a unique personality. A couple of them, Liz Tailor and Thyme, have the vibrating shuttle bobbin mechanism. I’ve come to prefer it and believe I get a much better tension with these machines.

Both Liz Tailor and Thyme, are Singer 128s. Liz Tailor sits in a lovely solid wood cabinet and Thyme lives in a bent wood case, in perfect condition, and is operated by a knee drive. I prefer knee drive operation to the pedal versions. I feel as though I have better control over the stitching.

The bobbins are long and thin and winding them is fun. I can watch them go for hours! Check it out for yourself!

Vibrating Shuttle, Singer 128

Vibrating Shuttle, Singer 128

Liz Tailor, Singer 128 in solid wood case

Liz Tailor, Singer 128 in solid wood case

Liz Tailor, Singer 128-13

Liz Tailor, Singer 128-13

Thyme, 1936 Singer 128 (bent wood case)

Thyme, 1936 Singer 128 (bent wood case)

Bionic Gear Bag Number Five!

May 11, 2015


Rosemary, my 1948 Singer treadle,  and I finished stitching another Bionic Gear Bag. Find out more about this powerful organisation tool.

Happy stitching on Mother’s day!

May 10, 2015


Happy Mothers Day!

May 10, 2015


Wishing all Moms a wonderful day.

By the Book: Freelance editor, writer, and media consultant Tina Anson Mine’s reading highlights

April 15, 2015

All my favourite bits in one post! Tina Anson Mine is an author, a knitter, a quilter, and all around talented editor and media consultant. She’s truly a gem 🙂


 Tina Anson MineInterview conducted by Jennifer D. Foster

Have you ever wondered what fellow editors like to read? We have, too. In our interview series “By the Book,” we get the inside scoop on editors’ all-time favourite books, their top style guides, and what their alternate-universe careers would be.

Tell us about your current job as a freelancer, Tina, plus a little-known quirky fact about you.

I primarily edit books these days, though the first phase of my editing career was in magazines. For the last year, I’ve focused mainly on the substantive editing of cookbooks and health-and-nutrition books. I’ve also worked on a couple of health-oriented recipe books that have an element of crafting to them, such as a handmade soap book and a homemade herbal remedies book. The latter two combined some of my favourite skills, because I adore both words and crafts.

It’s probably not a little-known fact…

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