******************************I've always had a sewing box and a sewing machine. I've done mending and fixing and once upon a time making too - mostly curtains, although I can follow a pattern so could in theory make clothes.
I've got needles, cottons, pins, bags with cords, elastic and wool and lots of hooks, eyes and snaps - everything needed to make and create.
(The Glycerine, Lemon and Honey pastilles tin contains pins and dates back to the 1970's - Vintage!)
But about 5 years ago my sewing machine fell to bits - literally - it was very old and the brittle plastic shattered and bits fell down inside and that really was the end of it.
Not wanting to be without a sewing machine I found a new basic Singer going cheap online and bought it.
Then Colin was ill with the heart problems and then the lymphoma, we moved house twice and the sewing machine in its box moved house and didn't even get unpacked.
At last time and space to unpack and try and get it going to stitch a better mask than the one I cobbled together a few weeks ago. The machine has an automatic needle threader but no way could I get it to work - even after watching two u-tube instructional videos. So I threaded by hand but whatever I did everything jammed up after a few stitches. The pathway for the cotton between the reel and the needle seems much the same as any other sewing machine and the bobbin loading is also the same . Tension seems OK and I've read all the problem solving bits in the handbook and everything seems to be set up right.
I gave up and covered the machine - feeling frustrated.
When the world gets back to normal I'll get a sewing machine shop to have a look at it, or perhaps my sister who is much cleverer than me with sewing ( and knitting!) could have a go and see what she makes of it, in the meantime stitching will be done by hand - I don't need to make clothes or curtains so waiting is not a problem.
After trying 2 home-made masks - neither of which had any room for breathing, I found the Co-op were selling washable masks for £3. At the moment the only place requesting a mask is the doctors surgery - for picking up prescription tablets - so one is enough.