Archive for June, 2012

Quick Thru Needle Threader

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012


Do you have trouble threading fine needles?

Click here to watch how easy threading those fine needles can be with a Sewline Quick Thru Needle Threader.

As a bonus until 30 June 2012 we are offering the Sewline Quick Thru Needle Threader at the regular price of $20.00 with a bonus replacement cartridge valued at $11.00 absolutely FREE.

To take advantage of this fantastic offer, click here.

Clamshells (also known as Glam Shells) the easy way!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012


We at Blueberries have gone Clamshells mad.

Jackie has just about finished her version of Sue Daley’s quilt Lancaster and has started an all over quilt of clamshells.  Both will be on display at the Mad Quilters Gathering in Penrith starting on Friday, 3 August.

Click here to watch how quick and easy clamshells can be.

“S” Day

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012


It’s nearly that time of the year again…

Do I hear you asking what day they would be??

“S” Day, that’s right Stocktake Day.  30 June is only 10 days away and we at Blueberries are not looking forward to the count.  So we have reached straight for the top shelf and slashed the prices by 30% on the following fabrics:

These fabrics won’t last at these prices, so be sure to get your orders in quick.  Orders will be fulfilled  in the sequence they are received.  If the quanitiy you order is no longer available, we will send you what we have.

Sew ‘n’ Sews Part 4

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

A brief and roughly stitched together history of the people who invented the sewing machine

Isaac Merritt Singer – Flamboyant, unconventional and promiscuous

Isaac Singer’s name has become the one most associated with the sewing machine, mainly because his model was more
practical and accessible than others and, most significantly, could easily be adapted for domestic use. Until Singer’s model, sewing machines had primarily been manufactured for industrial use only.

However, Singer was still forced to pay royalties to inventor Elias Howe (see last week’s issue), as the lockstitch his model created was a clear infringement of Howe’s earlier patent. Nevertheless, Singer’s invention had some original features of its own; its needle went up and down instead of side to side and it was operated by a foot treadle instead of a hand crank. These features helped the Singer sewing machine go into mass production in the 1850s, making it the world’s first home appliance and establishing I.M. Singer and Co. as one of the first American-based multinational corporations.

However, it was Singer’s personal life that really raised eyebrows. He had always been a flamboyant and magnetic personality, originally pursuing a career as an actor, and had no trouble attracting women. In 1930 he married Catharine Haley and had two children with her. While still married to Catharine, he proposed marriage to another woman, Mary Ann Sponsler, with whom he ended up having 10 children.

Singer and Mary Ann lived as a married couple under Common Law, but the arrangement turned sour when Mary Ann discovered Singer was involved with one of his employees, a young woman named Mary McGonigal, with whom he had already fathered five more children. Mary Ann took her husband to court on charges of bigamy, and Singer and Mary fled America for Europe to escape the scandal. In the aftermath, it was discovered he had a fourth “wife”; Mary Eastwood Walters, with whom he’d fathered a daughter.

In 1863 he married yet again, a Frenchwoman named Isabella Boyer, who was already pregnant to him. That same year his company I.M. Singer and Co. was dissolved but continued operations as The Singer Manufacturing Company.

By the time Isaac Singer died at age 63 he had fathered 19 children by five different women. He left an estate worth $14 million, two different wills and bitter legal battles between his
various “wives” each claiming to be the real Mrs Singer.

Part 5 – The Sewing Machine War.

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