Bernina Nova 900 "Novalee" & Hand Kitchen Towel Tutorial
I have a new toy. Well new to me anyway. It was actually manufactured in Switzerland from 1982 to 1985. But I have only had mine for one week. Novalee arrived via Canada Post double boxed and wrapped in tons of bubble wrap. Yvonne, the charming lady I bought her from did a most excellent job of packing her up. Every foot and accessory was individually wrapped, plus she even put the electric plug in a wee bag and tied it shut.
Here she is
First I unpacked her, then I played with all the stitches. Next, I hemmed a pair of denim jeans and did a sample of free motion quilting. Novalee is not only ornamental, she is a beauty of a sewer.
Below are instructions for a kitchen towel that I made with Novalee.
Materials required are one kitchen towel, pot holder and a big button. I usually pick these up at the dollar store or a liquidation store.
Machine baste across the middle of the kitchen towel.
Draw a line in the middle on the wrong side of the pot holder. The loop end is the top.
Pull the basting thread to gather the towel to fit the width of the pot holder. With right sides together pin the pot holder to the towel. Follow the line on the wrong side of the pot holder and sew the towel in place with two rows of stitches about 1/8 inch apart.
Sew the button on the end of the potholder opposite the loop. Remove the basting thread and it is finished.
These are pretty, practical, fun to sew and make excellent gifts.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor.
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012. .
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece who lives in Alaska in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit my modern free-arm Singer. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to my Heidi.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.