Thursday, 4 July 2013

Introducing: Lydia

I have a habit of naming my sewing machines.  As I currently have six machines, it gets a little harder to name them as I go on... there are a limited number of styles and personalities a sewing machine can have. Or, so I thought.  Truthfully, there was a strong feeling about this machine from the start, when her Indigo snakeskin printed cover caught my eye in the goodwill.  I noticed the desk she sits in right after that, and she is a pretty package indeed!

With such a lovely, simple black body, and that gorgeous deco desk providing all the bang, I thought a name that was sort of glamorous and a little bit gothic would suit this lady just fine.  Initially I thought "Morticia", but it seemed a step too far.  A little ways through giving this girl a quick cleaning, however, and I thought of the heroine of one of my favourite Tim Burton movies, Beetlejuice; Lydia Deetz.  It's perfect for her.  A gothic girl thrust awkwardly into a small town setting, like my machine, thrust into a makeshift sewing table; really no more than a desk with a gaping hole cut out of its top.  
Beautiful though the table is, I'm really not hurting for another place to sit and sew.  I know a certain someone who is mad for deco, and having no luck finding a computer desk... so I told him if he can fashion a smart looking plug for that big hole up top, I'll refinish the desk and let him have it.  A fine bargain.  I can let it go for free, considerring I only paid $25 for machine and desk combined! But at least I know that Lydia's counterpart will reside in a room where both Ephraim and I can enjoy her aesthetic value; because as you can see, this pair has got it in spades.  Hmm.  I like that.



  1. So gorgeous! With the black body the name Lydia is perfect!!

    1. I can't wait to give the desk a little love, too! The machine is in such great condition for how old it is (50-60 years)

  2. What a great find! I can't believe it was only $25 . . . I'm a little jealous now ;)
    I love the name too--it's super cute!
    Happy sewing!

  3. Amazing. Love your photos and the name!!


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