Monday, May 10, 2010

"New" sewing machine

I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to post anything on my blog. Not that I haven't been sewing, I made a kind of wearable muslin for this pattern:

I made view 2, but I omitted the welts. I couldn't really figure them out and the fabric I used was just too thick for them to look good anyway, so I decided that I wouldn't bother. Unfortunately, I haven't got any pictures of the dress yet, I'll need to persuade my boyfriend to take some.

Last week, I went to my parents' place for the weekend. As usual, I went through all the thrift stores in town and I found this beauty:

It is a Japanese brand called Koyo, which I know nothing about and doing a Google search on it didn't improve on my knowledge. I do however know that I'm utterly in love with it. I saw a similar machine at a flea market in the same local area last summer, and although they demanded a little too much for it, I was so frustrated that I didn't buy it. Then I found the Koyo and it isn't only similar in looks and age, it also works perfectly. There's even a foot for doing blind hems, which I'm looking very forward to trying out. My mother told me that in the late 50s, she had a Lada sewing machine in the same colors and the same kind of design, so she was certain that the Koyo is also from the 50s. This only added to my fondness for my "new" sewing machine, of course.

In other sewing news, I'm making this dress from the fabric the envelope's placed on:

I intend to finish it this week, so stay tuned :)


  1. What a fantastic find. Love the color of it and I bet it is nice and sturdy.

  2. Yes, it's very sturdy, I think it weighs about 40 pounds. The elderly ladies working at the thrift store were thrilled to hear that I was going to use it to actually make garments; apparently they usually sell sewing machines to people who only use them to mend things. They didn't know much about this particular machine, but they said it was similar to other brands from the 1950s and that they were usually great to work with. They also told me a lot about the sewing machines they themselves had had from the 1950s and on :)

  3. Oooo! It looks like a great machine : ) I LOVE the dress patterns you have too- I can't wait to see the last one made up!!! Too cute! The fabric is perfect!!! And the first dress is so pretty : ) I would love to see pictures!

  4. Those pockets are really neat. Love!

  5. Oh I'm excited! Your "new" sewing machine resembles my beautiful Omega that I found at a flea market: I don't know anything about it either, so in a way I can't help you, but still... How fun!

  6. Love the streamlined design! What I think is interesting, though, is that the name is Japanese-sounding. I just got an awesome early 50's machine through Freecycle, and when I was researching it (there wasn't much out there on mine either), I found out that the majority of sewing machines during that era - like 90% of them - were made in Japan. But they were given American-sounding names so post-war Americans would buy them. Wonder why yours doesn't have one? Very cool find, though! :)