Book Review (plus) The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie

13 Mar


Love this!  “One sewing machine, two families, three secrets, four generations and millions of stitches”.

This book was funded by readers through a new website:…a modern version of Samuel Johnson’s idea funding publishing of his dictionary in 1755 in today’s jargon…crowd sourcing.

  1. Elfcroft loves sewing and posts about charity projects about a dozen times a year.
  2. The owners of this very special sewing machine kept notebooks/journals/log of every task.  This created a marvelous record (including thread and fabric samples) of the needs and wants of life during the 20th century Scotland.
  3. I loved the inside story of Singer’s major manufacturing operation circa 1911.  Sewing machines empowered their owners to unleash talent and progress.
  4. Natalie brings the family legacy to the present with two paths…one using the machine as is, the second-recycling machine parts into art projects.
  5. The personal stories are as poignant as sewing is important.


2 Responses to “Book Review (plus) The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie”

  1. oldmanatwork March 17, 2018 at 9:34 am #

    I think it is pretty good when someone has the idea of writing down the facts about things like this. Very interesting. I also do things like this but I take pictures as well.

  2. elfcroft March 17, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

    My records depend on photos as well. Digital photography wasn’t a 20th century option, so 90 years of this story was old school. It made me think of the wide variety of ways sewing effects our lives…functional to fancy, clothing, household items, recycling, outerwear to underwear, commercial to personal.

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