Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What's in a Name?

In the sewing community there is a trend of naming the dressform, sewing machine and serger. I have been contemplating what I would name my most important tools.

The dressform was an easy one - Lucy.  I love Lucy! :) both the show and my dressform.  The show encompasses my favourite light/slapstick comedy with a strong female role and a whole lot of silliness. Plus the outfits are fantastic!

Singer df150_g adjustable dress form, gray, small

The sewing machine I had to think long and hard about - I finally decided that she was a Daisy.  I love the 50s and it just sounds perfect - she is a fancy, but hardworking lady, that Daisy :) Daisy is a Singer Ingenuity 7436.  I don't think it's made anymore as it is no longer advertised on the Singer website, but you can still get this great machine 

Then there is Stella the Serger:
A Streetcar Named Desire, Stanley Kowalski 

I feel a bit like Stanley yelling "Stella" in anger and ripping my hair out every time the machine does its own thing, which is all the time! Perhaps Stella needs a new name - one that is more positive. Or maybe I need to watch some tutorials on how to adjust the serger...

It occurs to me that there is definite 50s trend here. It just so happens that the 40s and 50s are my favourite fashion eras as well, so it does make sense that Lucy, Daisy and Stella all hail from that time.


  1. Hi.
    Can you tell me where you bought the dressform from. I am looking for a grey one myself.
    Also how much was it? the one's I have found so far are almost $300.

    1. Welcome!

      I sent you an email as well, but if you check here first, below is my response:

      I just noticed your comment after I came back from vacation.

      I bought the dressform at Fabricland in Scarborough, Ontario. It's the one they have as a display. Every once in a while they have a 50% off everything sale (if you are a card-carrying member :) ) and I picked it up then. So, yes - 300$ down to 150$ + tax seemed like a good deal to me!

      I hope that helps!

      Happy Sewing,