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1/23/2011

An Old ClamShell Press Finds a Home...

How cool is this?  Look what Roger found in his friend's attic, free for the taking....
An Elna Press, at least 10 years old and only used about ten times !  And not just any press, but one with a Sleeve Board ! Oh happy day !  I missed my commercial steam press so much when it died last year.
But this one will be a dandy stand-in until I can acquire another commercial press.
As you may have deduced by now, my life is not particularly exciting since I am blogging about a Press...But oh how I enjoy sewing "stuff", especially when it's free...and has cool features :)
The wide pressing "bed" slides back to reveal the sleeve board, then the the sleeve board slides up and back so that it can come into contact with the heated part of the press--
Now that is just too cool...no pun intended :)  And will save me so much time when pressing shirts, especially the final press before one of my custom shirts gets shipped to a client !

And speaking of shirts...as I promised in a post way back on December 13,  I will finally be starting to sew my version of the Collette Patterns Negroni Shirt later this week. Though the pattern comes with an excellent set of instructions, I will be refining some of the steps along the way for a more professional finish.  I'll snap some pics along the way, so you can see what I am dong a bit differently, and why...so stay tuned.

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6 Comments:

Blogger K.Line said...

Seriously - who just finds one of these for the taking in someone's attic? That is seriously exciting.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Sandi said...

I agree - I think that's very exciting! I'm also very happy to hear that you will be working through the new Collette Negroni pattern. I'm considering buying it, but wasn't sure because I've never sewn a men's shirt (I know - gasp!). Definitely looking forward to seeing what you think of it and how you change the assembly.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Karen Witcombe said...

Oh happy day Pam! Don't we just love our sewing equipment (although I never could make the most of my elna press - it languished too and finally got rehomed). I'm looking forward to your take on the negroni shirt - I always learn new tricks from you. Back to unpicking my lapped felted wool seam - sigh!

9:13 PM  
Blogger Handmade said...

Very exciting!

12:58 AM  
Blogger gwensews said...

What a great find! I never find anything good. At all. Hope you are feeling well.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

This audience definitely shares your excitement! What a great find! enjoy.

7:43 AM  

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