If you have been following the story about Maria's machine at the sewing café Cordial and Grace, you will remember that after cleaning it, the only needles I had for trying out the stitch were blunt.
Duncan has been following this blog for a while now, and very kindly sent Maria a couple of needles that he had spare, and also a photocopy of a manual for the Jones CS. It was a lovely surprise. Thank you, Duncan!
Anybody who needs replacement needles for a Jones machine can get them from Helen Howes. She has a fantastic website with all sorts of bits and pieces for vintage machines - I have put a link for her website on the sidebar so she is easy to find. Maria was going to get in touch with her, but running a cafe keeps her well occupied, and Duncan sent the needles before Maria had got round to contacting Helen.
The café was a hive of activity today for the first anniversary celebrations. Maria hosted a special event, making dresses for the Dress a Girl charity. All her electric machines were in use throughout the day, and for a couple of hours or so I gave the Jones CS a share of the action too. I took my friend Lily with me, who is nearly 10, and she helped me make a lovely little pink and green flowered dress.
I must nip in tomorrow for tea and cake and get some pictures of the fabulous dresses...