I was kind of missing in action… work took priority over sewing the first couple of weeks of this new school year. I truly love my work, but I wish that some things would not take up that much preparation time.
I truly love my work… especially if we get to go on a field trip. A field trip of your dreams! We went to Italy for 6 days with 4 teachers in total and 43 teenagers. We had an absolute blast!!! I do believe we have never ever had such a fantastic group of kids with us! I have been on the same trip for 7 or 8 times going all over Tuscany and Umbria.
Everytime we get to see the leaning tower of Pisa glistening in the morning sun on the first day of our trip, I just can not help myself to feel like I have the best job in the world. I have to admit that on the last day in Milan I had a very hard time to keep my eyes open. (Have you ever felt like you could fall asleep standing up?) I was sooooo tired! Only big glasses of Coca Cola got me through that afternoon.
On that last day we first visited the city of Verona too, the home of Romeo and Juliet.
Some of the kids let some notes behind.
Directly next to the Casa Giuletta (house of Juliet) there was a shop where you could buy heart-shaped pot holders and have your loved one’s name embroidered on.
It was mesmerizing to see the lady embroider the names! At first it looked like she was doing FMQ with the machine, but she hardly held the fabric. There is a handle underneath the machine which she turns. I do not really understand how it works, but it sure was cool to watch!
The spool of thread was placed underneath the machine. I could not see any bobbins and I suspect that there aren’t any. The thread had to be pulled up from underneath before she started. The embroidery stitch looked like a chainstitch.
Here is a view from the back of the machine. Above her knee you can see the black handle she keeps turning in the video.
I have tried to find more detailed info on this machine, but could not find a lot except this blog with some more pictures of the same type of machine. Supposedly Singer copied the Cornely design in one of their machines.
I did find the patent online, which contains a picture but does not really show how the fabric gets moved. I suspect that there is a sophisticated set of feed dogs
There is also a computerized version of this machine, as shown on this website which contains a video.
Has anyone of you ever used a machine like this? I am curious to hear about your experience!