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gailete | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

As I was doing my laundry today, I remembered something that I have often wished to see an article about. How to tell vintage hand sewn articles from vintage machine made. I picked up a lovely cutwork tablecloth for 25 cents at a yard sale and just can’t tell if it was hand or machine done. The guy selling it had said it belonged to a very old lady and that was all he knew about it. I also have a lot of vintage hankies and can’t tell which was hand and which was machine done. They are so well worked, it is puzzling. I do hand embroidery myself but none of what I do is as good as the work in these items, yet I’m not sure that machines were up to that kind of work either.

Started this as a new thread as the other was getting rather long, and I think I sent it a bit off topic. 🙂



  1. KharminJ | | #1

    Here's a couple more thoughts (thanks for re-starting this, Gail!)

    * I'd like to see "on a body" (or a mannequin) photos of the reviewed and tested patterns, made up in fabrics that don't obscure the pattern's details.

    * And far fewer Black examples, for any article! Readers want to examine the photos carefully for lines and details, and a black garment makes gleaning that info almost impossible. Thanks for considering our input, Staffers!


    1. Sancin | | #2

      Very good points! Just today I was looking at a catalog and could not tell what I was looking at as the products were all black or had busy designs.

      1. gailete | | #3

        Vogue is unfortunately a great one for placing models in black or olive green outfits in front of black backgrounds--ick! Who can tell what is special about that outfit then, it just blends into the background.

        It would also be nice to see before and after photos of an altered pattern made up. You know, one made as the pattern says to and then one made and altered for the final wearer.


        1. KharminJ | | #4

          I totally *second* the idea of "before and after" photos! K

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