Useful Links

Vintage Machines and Cabinets – Restoring

A word of caution with any of these links.  Please, please, please test anything on an inconspicous part first to see if the result is what you want and be very careful about using water anywhere near your decals – it can remove them.

The Opinionated One Speaks

The Quilting Board

Thoughts from the Fenman

Liberon Wood Care Products –
A source for products mentioned in the ‘Fenman’ articles

Vintage Singer Sewing Machines –

Rewiring a potted motor (found on Singer 15-91 and 201-2) –

Cleaning Chrome –

UK Online Fabric Shops

Croft Mill haven’t yet bought anything from here but the cotton fabric seems a very reasonably price.

Passion 4 Quilting priced fabric I have bought from here a few times and the fabric and delivery have been excellent.   I will be buying again.

The Fabric Guild – – Reasonably priced fabric.  I’ve not bought from here yet but I am considering it.

Interesting Websites

Cosman – free quilting software. 

Quilt Assistant lets you draw your own blocks very quickly and easily and will give you yardage and paper piecing patterns if you want.  You can export to either .PJ6 or image format and import into EQ if you have it.  I have created some of my own blocks and printed info and designs to a PDF writer installed as a printer on my laptop, as well as importing into EQ7.

Fablib is a program for scanning in your fabrics and you can then import into EQ.  I haven’t tried this yet, but plan to over the next few months.

Treadle On – website dedicated to the restoration and use of people powered sewing machines

Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing and – A blog and you-tube videos about vintage sewing machines and maintenance plus using them for making some lovely things.

The Secret Life of the Sewing Machine – dated film of a BBC broadcast, but very informative about how a sewing machine makes it stitch, explaining the relationship between the needle, bobbin, gears, cams etc.

The Orphan Sewing Machine –
About the history of Singer and the Sewing Machine

Sew Can She – – Free daily sewing tutorials

Mary Corbet’s Needle and Thread – Beautiful Hand Embroidery tutorials

Craftsy – – an online teaching forum covering subjects as wide as Photography, Cake Decorating, Quilting and more.  Some classes are free and lifetime access is granted with any bought class.

Patsy Thompson Designs – – Free FMQ(Free Motion Quilting) Tutorials.

Block Patterns/Instructions

Missouri Star Quilt Company Tutorials – great video tutorials on all sorts of block and quilt construction.

Exploding Block

Generations Quilt Patterns – lots of inspirational blocks and quilt designs – try the Storm At Sea one!


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