Dr E. wanted to see a photograph of my Singer 15K.
See my buttonholer? (Insert unattractive gloating expression - the shopkeeper threw this in after I spotted it lying neglected and filthy on a shelf of bits and bobs.I have cleaned the machine and oiled the ruffler, but have some work to do on the other feet. I did play with the machine a bit when it first arrived, but feel that it needs an entire sewing weekend of attention to work out the quirks. Currently I am trying to keep ahead of my wardrobe spaces for Self Stitched September, so am not yet ready for fiddling sewing. Thank you for the ruffler manual link.
I agree with Melissa, the owner of the sewing machine shop at the Shepherds's Bush end of Goldhawk Rd is very knowledgeable. My husband was most impressed by him. I purchased the serviced machine for less than the price of a machine service at home. I am not counting the shipping cost, as 1. It was horrendous and 2. There were cycling things in the package - not mine, and 3. It was holiday spending money, so an abberation. Please don't ship me a featherweight Elizabeth!
Patricia of Suit yourself Couture asked for more information about the 1940's V & A suit. I wanted to see the front too, but unfortunately it was displayed in a glass case against a wall, and I could only catch glimpses of the front and sides. Here is a photo of the skirt, which has the same bias insert with a piped edge.
I fully intend to use this technique next winter. (Naturally, this may not happen, as I fully intended to make a suit this winter as well - best laid plans and all that...)