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Fabric problems
Thu 6-Jun-13
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Toffeeapple
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When my old one caught fire in the motor, I thought I would make do without one - I lasted three months!

I'll try that again!

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My sewing machine here is a heavy-duty one, in its own very solid wooden cabinet. Once owned by someone who worked for Singer, and they had a factory motor put in it.

The one I have in France was a spare one that Mum had. She worked for Gor-rays - anyone remember them? - and with her knowledge, she made lots of our clothes. ok

On one occasion (many years ago!), when my brother was going on holiday on a boat on the Norfolk Broads with three friends, she made them all a patchwork shirt in vibrant colours - they looked the biz!

She also made quilts for our beds, and, as I'm the youngest of five children, there wasn't a lot of money to spare and making the quilts was a great money-saver. ok

The downside to this was that at the grammar school, Mum made my school uniform, so I always looked just that little bit different! Still, I survived - it hasn't done too much harm! laugh

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Sat 8-Jun-13
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I do remember Gor-ray, in fact here is a current advert for a blouse and skirt by them, at Oxfam.

I'll try that again!

Sat 8-Jun-13
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Gor-Ray - skirts one better.wave

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That's the one.  We couldn't afford such things, all my clothes were hand-made with the exception of winter coats and all socks.  Do you remember having to wear white gloves to Chapel?  Or was that a Welsh thing?  Mine were crocheted in very fine cotton.

I'll try that again!

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We were Church.

I was eternally grateful for that fact when I turned fourteen since, if we had been Chapel, I would have had to have the compulsory Crimplene suit, and Norah Batty hat. Well that was the Wesleyan Methodists, anyway - they were different at the Free Church, and the Bible Christians (formerly Bryonites), and the Primitive Methodist Chapel had closed before I reach that age.

You see, the Cornish are rather fond of taking the huff and founding a new chapel when they fall out with each other on a point of principle!wave

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You had a lot of choice!  We were Baptists, there were Methodists and some miles away there was a Church of Wales.  I don't know if there were other denominations.

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Small (tin) mining town with about one third the population it had had in the late 19th century. And oh how those rumbustious miners took to non-conformist religion when the revivals were on back then. There's that celtic intensity and love of a good sing that drew them in.

And clothed their daughters in crimplene! Oh, and the first perm was another rite of passage.wave

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brightspark said:, as I'm the youngest of five children, ok

 

Did you have to wear hand me downs? I am from a family of six and the youngest of 4 girls. My mum used to make new clothes for easter and christmas, and would make all of the dresses and cardigans alike, so I was always in the same clothes, by the time I got to Ann's clothes who was the eldest , that had already been worn by the other 2 I was always fed up and wanting to wear something different.

Never give up Tomorrow is another day.

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Yes, Eileen, quite a few, although I have just one sister, 6 years older, and had three brothers (one, David, died some years ago, aged only 37 while out jogging).

By the time I was 11, my sister got married at only 17, so that was the last of the hand-me-downs, thankfully! smile

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I used to get handmedowns from a girl up the street who was many times larger than I, so everything had to be remade by Ma.

I'll try that again!

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