1 November 2012

Tilly vs. the Industrial Sewing Machine

If you ever thought threading a sewing machine for the first time was complicated, try threading an industrial model! I'm currently taking a course in Professional Sewing Techniques at the London College of Fashion and these are the machines we are using. The threading route appears to have been engineered by a frustrated labyrinth designer. Up, down, through that, round the back and through again, down-up-down-up-down, through there, ooh don't forget that bit, round there and down the hatch... I could go on... Just when you think you've got it, you realise you've missed out three steps. Seriously. I've threaded it quite a few times now and still manage to miss out at least three holes or hooks each time.

Learning to thread an industrial machine reminded me what it's like learning to thread a domestic sewing machine. Which if you don't yet know or can't remember how, I promise isn't nearly as tricky! I've written a step-by-step guide to threading a sewing machine here. I'm sure I'll soon get the hang of the industrial model and it'll become second nature. Not that I'm planning to use one much after this course, you understand.

I'll report back fully on the course at the end of term for anyone who is interested. Most of the stuff on the curriculum I already know, but there are enough new techniques there to keep me stimulated. It's also proving a great opportunity to consolidate and reinforce my self-taught knowledge and to pick up tips from a seasoned professional. The course isn't cheap and I'm determined to get as much value from it as I can - I've already firmly secured my reputation as the Annoying Question Person! There's always one...

Have you taken any good sewing courses recently?

[Soundtrack: 'Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer' by Bessie Smith]

PS. Sending lots of positive vibes to those of you affected by Hurricane Sandy, hoping you're okay.