When I was 17 years old I had a Saturday & summer job in a Singer sewing machine shop. I saved up and bought myself a machine which has served me well down the years. Last year however it finally “died” so last week I bought myself a new machine!Although the Elna 340 is a basic model compared to many machines on the market it still does a lot more than my old singer and I’m excited to get it working! My first job was to take in a beautiful silk dress for my daughter that she had bought back from India so it fitted properly. I did feel quite a lot of pressure making the alterations as Sarah wanted to wear the dress to Jack’s graduation but I managed ok.
My first proper project was to make a Roman Blind to replace this old fashioned, faded festoon blind for our newly decorated downstairs loo!I have used a 100% cotton furnishing fabric by Prestigious Textiles from the Brightside collection, plus a Roman Blind kit from Dunelm that cost £24 that included everything I needed except fabric and thread.I have lined the blind and had to make pockets for the rods to fit through. It’s not perfect but I’m rather pleased at how it came together, and it works!
The finished blind closed and open!
I’m using the Brightside collection in our newly decorated lounge so made a simple cushion cover with some of the left over fabric too!