Stuff my Mum does n°1

My mum has an Owl obsession.


Sorry about the shameless plug, but it’s my mum, and i love her.



How to buy a Necchi Supernova – A guide in way too many useless steps

Supernova mark 2 freearm

  • 1) Decide you really need a sewing machine. This is the most important step. The decisions can be unconscious but it must be there. Sewing machines, like cars, don’t just happen.
  • 2) Look up dealers in town, take the bus, see places you never saw before. Half decide on a Janome, because it’s a sensible machine.
  • 3) Go to the last place on your list, a repair shop more than a dealer, run by an old man, his daughter and an old school socialist mechanic. They have working machines in the front and a whole scrapyard of machine and bits and bobs in the back. Fall in love with a Necchi Supernova.
  • 4) Explain to you mother the difference between a vintage Necchi and a new Janome in these terms. The Necchi is an 60′ red Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, prone to it’s own quirks, the Jenome is a 2010 Audi, grey, fully accessorised and reliable, but which is the car you would rather be driving?
  • 5) Go on eBay and get annoyed at the Americans, because everything second hand costs way less in American than in Europe. Pity, because the the americans are nice people.
  • 6) Be offered but decline a basic used Husqvarna. It does the job, but it’s as exciting as driving a used Skoda.
  • 7) Join a Necchi forum, read too many reviews of too many machines on other sites. Get confused.
  • 8) You bossy grandmother takes offence you had not asked for her used sewing machine, a 50′ perfectly working Elna that only has one speed: supersonic.
  • 9) Have a go in the shop with the Necchi. Drive around the bend the people selling it with your indecision.
  • 10) Get side-tracked by a Logica from a man that wants way too much money for it.
  • 11) Panic about what machine to get. Have nightmare about owning 15 sewing machines.
  • 12) Bid on a Bernina 1008 on eBay, well, because it’s a Bernina, who could say no to the perfect Bernina at a reasonable price. Get out sniped.
  • 13) Stop fuffying about and go and buy the Necchi. Daughter does not know where father put the accessory box.
  • 14) Return the next day. Machine will not fit in suitcase. Again go home without.
  • 15) Get machine delivered in the evening. Place it on the table. Get excited about new baby. Stroke it to for a good measure.
  • 16) Wear 50s dress, drink too much punch*. Be quite pleased about the whole retro look.

*recipe for 1.5L punch, if anybody cares.
1 part cedar liquor 15% (and goes to the knees)
2 part water
1 tea spoon of vanilla essence
2 table spoons of sugar
½ apple, sliced.

This was first posted on the 30th of May 2012 on the Necchi Sewing Machine Club

The Monthly Update – December 2013

This is a monthly instalment mainly for my own edification, just a catalogue of creative stuff i have managed to do or not do this month. December 2013 is cheating because i started late, so I’ll just aggregate stuff.

  • Start a blog. Change theme like 14 times. Don’t worry, it is going to change again
  • Do render for work count? They are a creative… something.
  • Modification of alpine style suite.
  • Starting a black wool cape.