I'm a sewing enthusiast in Beacon, New York, with a love of all things retro. This site is all about tutorials, tips, inspiration, and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. My first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, is now out from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books! Also look for my line "Patterns by Gertie" from Butterick.
Okay, I think it's time to lighten the mood around here and yesterday the lovely Sal of Already Pretty sent me just the thing. How utterly stupendous is this sewing machine diagram from Regretsy? (The original R-rated version is here. Both versions are available in poster form here because you know you want this on the wall in your sewing nook!) I can't decide what my favorite feature is on this machine: the "horn of gondor" or the "cryhole." I also have a feeling "bobbinator" will be making its way into my regular vocab.
Aside from delighting me to no end, this image also made wonder how well we sewists really know the terminology of our machines. Would you know a tension disk if it hit you in the head? How about a shuttle race? If you've read the book Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp, you'll know that she's adamant that sewers should know the names of each part of the machine. She takes you through it all very well - there's even a quiz at the end of the chapter! Being the dutiful little student that I am, I took it seriously (and I totally aced the quiz, guys!) so I have a pretty firm handle on the major exterior parts. But I would be pretty much useless were I to be confronted with a . . . motor, or whatever else is inside there. It could be magical gnomes running the thing for all I know.
How about you? Do you have the technical lingo down? Or are you all about the "spinny thing" and the "wheel of numbers"? Are you going to order this poster? Admit it, you totally are!