For those who came to our wonderful fabric sale last month, you might wonder how we could possible squeeze any more fabric and notions in - even with the new space available in our new studio!
With the help of our amazing volunteers, we have made a LOT of progress over the last month settling in, sorting out and figure out how to best store, and display, our collection.
...and then this happened:
The article in the Weekend Mix magazine, which features our wonderful collection drew the attention of many creatives who are in the midst of downsizing, shifting, or whose health no longer allows for them to work with their treasures.
This publicity, combined with our street-front location, has meant a huge increase in the amount of items we've had donated recently.
It does still feel like Christmas whenever a box is delivered, and with everything being more organised, it's taking us less time to sort and put away.
The most exciting things are when we find tools that have been on our wish list for a while but we've never had the budget for, such as SHARP pinking shears; a pattern notcher; leather punch; and staple gun!
Some items we unpack and immediately start designing projects for, and some we wonder and hope someone will come up with an idea for.
We currently have an abundance of dress making patterns (all styles, eras and sizes); needlework and knitting books and magazines; zips; buttons and embroidery floss. (What you see on display in our studio is roughly 1/3rd of what we have in stock, as we simply cannot fit in everything - so if you're looking for any of these items, please let us know ahead of your visit and we can bring the collection up from the basement for you to look through.)
We have also had an increase in the number of people coming in to browse and adopt items, and it's fantastic to see reactions to our colourful displays! (The 'wow's when we open the filing cabinet drawers really make us smile). Do drop in and check it out for yourselves if it's been a few weeks (things are changing all the time!).
We are also happy to hear from anyone who loves to sort, tidy and generally create order from chaos (or at least, less order), and who would like to join us on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons either regularly or occasionally for sorting and putting away the treasures. We wold also love to hear from you if you have the knack for creating attractive trademe listings, so we can list and sell surplus items further afield than those who can make it to the studio.
As the ‘icing on the cake’, to go with our new space, we applied for and were granted funding from Bendigo Valley Trust towards purchasing a set of new sewing machines! This funding was topped-up through our fabric sale we held in the new studio just after moving in. Thank you to everyone who came along and donated generously!
We have been very grateful for the fabulous sewing machines we have been donated over the years, and they have been great to use. We are keeping some of these machines for use when we do pop-up workshops and when we need extra machines at the studio; or for those times when you simply need a feature not available on the new new ones; or simply for people who prefer something closer to what they are familiar with. Some of the donated machines had reached the age where they really needed a single committed user who understood and appreciated their quirks and who wouldn’t move them about so much. These have now been re-homed with delighted new owners, and the funds have allowed us to buy a few ‘extras’ for the new machines, like invisible zipper feet and twin needles.
We selected Janome’s DC6050 model as having all the features we love from our experience on a range of machines, along with being very ‘beginner friendly’ with simple controls and an option to reduce the speed. This is a popular model for schools, and is known to be reliable and easy to maintain.
We’re still working out which is our favourite feature, but the automatic cut-off is definitely in the top 3, along with automatic button holes and the decorative cross-stitch.
Do come by and we’ll be happy to give you an introduction, and you can find what your favourite feature is :D
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