This was the second video made using my mum's old machine.
When I was young and learning needlework at school all my sewing projects were done on this machine - starting with a blue and grey gingham apron for cookery lessons when I was 12, then a couple of dresses with zip up fronts and mandarin collars, a viyella blouse with French seams, a needlecord skirt with box pleats and seams finished with bias binding. I learnt early on that you can make just about anything with a straight stitch machine.
Our machine at home was much more beautiful than the machines at school, a collection of battered brown Singer 99Ks, some of them hand machines and some electric. There was also another machine, I can't remember the make or model, for the keen adventurous types who ventured into the high-tech world of zigzag. Not for me. Too noisy. Too fast. Too dangerous. Five frightening minutes on a brown Singer with a foot pedal was enough. From then on I always bagsied a hand machine as soon as I got into the needlework room, and little has changed since.