I have always loved going to auctions and one day I bid for an overlocker
which enables you to create professional looking seams.
One of the mums can show us a quick way of making a sewing pattern that fits any person and another is a whizz with a sewing machine and overlocker
and is happy to teach us all how.
Susan Robertson, 41, left school and went straight into a local clothing factory where she trained as a machinist and overlocker
, finishing off garments for many well-known names.
Lillian Mills rustled up some unusual creations at her Hinckley hosiery firm at Christmas and raised hundreds of pounds in the process.
I have four sewing machines and an overlocker
- and a really good iron.
This is a girl who travels with a twin-tub, two industrial dryers, industrial steamers, two sewing machines, an overlocker
, two assistants, clothes rails, "and at least a thousand coat hangers," plus main and spare costumes, understudy costumes and spares for understudy costumes!
Tearful Kitch, an overlocker
who finishes off cashmere clothes, said: "It is a monotonous job and singing was just a way to beat the boredom.
"We have a large cutting table, sewing machines, and overlockers
- basically everything you need to make things and hopefully I'll continue to add to it," said Angharad.
This he did so well that he soon got flooded with work, such that there are numerous sewing machines and overlockers
, declared "unable to repair" by their dealers, sill working today.
As Ethel recalls, "there were hundreds of girls working as spinners, knitters, overlockers
, bar tackers, tabbers, pressers and packers, overlockers
tied (locked) the loose ends.
The workroom also had button and button hole machines, belt machines, overlockers
and hemming machines, then there were the hand sewers and the passers.