About Me

Hi, I’m Amanda.

I’m obsessed with books, sewing machines, vintage fashion, visual art and philosophy of history. And David Bowie. When I’m not brooding, I sew. And sometimes I even brood while I sew.

My childhood dream was to be a librarian. Instead, I was a philosophy student, then I was a creative writing student, and now I’m a supposed adult with two degrees of little obvious use, a crafting addiction and three cats.  I’m also a self taught sewist/patternmaker/tinkerer fascinated most by the designs, methods and social history of the late 1870s-1930s and the sewing machinery of the early 1900s.

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    1. Hi Nancy. Sorry, not looking to sell it at the moment, but if that changes I will definitely contact you. Ebay is a mess but It looks like there’s one listed that needs some work right now.

  1. Thanks. I saw that one. I hope to find one in better condition. It is the exact machine my mom taught me to sew on! Thank you so much.

    1. I completely understand. My grandma taught me how to sew my first seam on her problem child Singer Touch and Sew and I’m determined to get that machine working one of these days. Funny how our childhood memories and associations stay with us that way.

    2. Hi Nancy–I might be looking to sell my 740 in a few weeks, once I service it and get it in the best shape I can. I just wanted to let you know first, in case you were still interested. I’ll probably list it on Etsy, but if you’d like it I can send you details and make a reserved listing for you. Whenever I’m ready to sell it I’ll definitely post stitch samples and some video of it in action. 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 How kind of you to ask. I am kind of sitting on my thesis work at the moment because I have this tendency to dislike everything about a year after it’s written, but if I polish it into a collection or publish any time soon, I will definitely make a note here.

      1. I understand all too well what you mean. I err on the side of premature disclosure, but I figure that’s a good thing when you’re 78 😙

  2. Good Day, I have been looking for any information on a sewing machine that I purchased a few months ago named a Visnova. The only thing I have found out besides it’s printed on the machine, it’s made in Italy, possibly made in the 1900-1940. That’s pretty much it. The manual that came with it is missing 10 pages in the middle. Any help would be much appreciated.

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