Sewing machine reviews pt 2, Elna Grasshopper

Sewing machine reviews pt 2, Elna Grasshopper

Last Christmas my dad turned up with this little beauty. She was made in 1947 and still purrs away today. I use her all the time as she makes a gorgeous straight stitch and has a tiny free arm. And looks so handsome too 😉

She is operated with a fold out bar which you push with your knee, rather than a pedal. It takes a little getting used to but it’s pretty cool. At least it never wanders off like pedals do.

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It comes in an at green metal case, making it look like something used in WW2! The case folds open to provide a work table around the machine, which is very handy.

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To wind a bobbin you place the empty bobbin on the pin at the side and the machine “knows” you are winding a bobbin and automatically turns off the needle. That is something that wasn’t incorporated back into machines again until fairly recently and is very snazzy!

She’s a beautiful old lady and I would highly recommend getting one if you ever see one for sale. It still stitches as beautifully as the day it was made!

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So where do you buy your fabric? This is where I buy my fabric!

So where do you buy your fabric? This is where I buy my fabric!

I guess by now you may have figured out I have  huge fabric habit…

So I thought I would share with you my favourite fabric shops, especially as I get asked by my students quite often where I recommend buying fabric.

Now you can find lovely stuff at your local market if you are prepared to root around and ask the stall holders what fabric it is (as often it is polycotton which I personally detest and would not use for anything other than toiles or for learners to practice on). And you can unearth some amazing bargains that way (£1/ meter for funky florals and cool checks).
But for most of my fabrics I either venture further afield to proper brick and mortar shops or most often, I go no further than my sofa and shop with a cuppa in my hand (or a glass of red like I am now!).
So here goes then for a list of great online fabric shops:
@ Fabric Rehab, a fantastically addictive online fabric shop. Most fabrics are sold by the FQ (fat quarter, a quarter of a yard) but can be bought by the meter by adding 4 FQs to your basket. A veritable smorgasbord of yummy fabrics and great customer services.
I have just spotted some fab retro cassette fabric I will be buying as soon as I post this blog post http://fabricrehab.co.uk/fabrics/retro-cassettes/
@ Eclectic Maker, a delicious online shop selling fabric, patterns, haberdashery and more. Check out this stack of cuteness:

@ Fancy Moon, I so love this shop… it sells Mexican day of the dead, Hawaian prints, cowboy prints, and camp as Christmas pin up fabric as well as many many more amazing hard to get prints, as well as patterns and haberdashery. Contact me for a discount code too! We love the guys n gals at this online shop SO much… Check out this cute Hawaian pin up print:

@  Sew-la-la, a cute shop selling lots of vintage inspired florals and spots as well as pompom trims etc.
@ The Eternal Maker, a wonderful shop selling all the latest Japanese fabrics as well as trims and buttons and tools and hard to get Japanese craft books. Look at this lovely flowery bolt of happiness!
@ Then of course there is Etsy. There is so much gorgeous fabric on there you could lose whole days on there (look under supplies). And shipping from the US to the UK is supercheap and pretty fast. Of course you run the risk your parcel gets intercepted by customs and you have to pay import duty but this has only happened to me a few times when I had boxes sent over, not when I order a few yards here and there.
@ Last but not least there is of course Ebay. Some of my earliest purchases were from lovely Ebayers (the Felt Fairy, Favourite Fabrics (see bundle below) etc) and some I still return to over and over.

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

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