and another review by Michelle Jensen, of naughty little epoch
Love it, hate it, or something in between? I was completely bowled over by this hand crank when I saw it. It was at the height of my sewing machine fascination and I had never seen a vibrating shuttle machine. (I love the long thin bobbin and the way the bobbin holder looks like a bullet. It's a joy to wind that bobbin!) I never really sewed a whole lot with this machine -- its stitching isn't perfect and it seems to have thread and fabric preferences -- but I always thought it would be great to have something to sew with in a power cut!
When did you buy this sewing machine? I bought it a couple of years ago, purely on a whim. I think I was seduced by those lions.
When was it manufactured? It was made by a German manufacturer called Dietrich. I'm not sure when mine was made, really. Its badge is from the 1890s, but the decals are from around 1903 (according to needlebar.com).
Where did you buy it? I bought it in a charity shop in my hometown. There is something about seeing something like that in a charity shop that makes it hard to pass up. It seems like such a stroke of luck.
How much did you pay for it? It is the most expensive machine I've bought at £25. The others didn't cost that much all together.
How many projects have you done on this machine? Only a couple, but I love the challenge of the hand crank option.
Describe the kind of work you've done with it. I made one appliqué completely in its honor with Nahmaschine written in ribbon across the top. Mostly I've just played around with it.
What do you like and what do you hate about it? I think this machine has real character. It isn't something that I would use all the time -- just when the mood takes me. There is nothing to hate; it has great character and I'm sure that like most sewing machines it just requires the right touch.