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I need to measure your inseam

My weekends at the Old Cowtown Museum have changed a bit. I was volunteering in the Blacksmith Shop on both Saturday and Sunday on the weekends. but a few months ago we got a new volunteer in the Blacksmith shop making it a bit cramped in there. So, on Sundays I have given up my leather apron and hammer for a Singer and some strait pins, as I become Mr. Max Fechheimer of Fechheimer's Tailor Shop. I had never worked on a treadle machine. Once I had figured out how the bobbin was wound and how it actually fits in the shuttle, it was not that bad. After a few minutes of practice, was off and running.

Sheri the volunteer coordinator was so excited when I told her that I could sew and that I was wanting to work in Fechheimer's tailor shop. My first task as the tailor is to repair a few items that the museum has put aside because of ripped seams and torn holes. The tag on the basked was 2004. WTF? They have been putting stuff aside for 5 years waiting to repair them. It is not too bad, there are about 6 vests, 5 pairs of pants and a shirt or two. Soon, I will have all that finished and I will have 4 hours a week that I can dedicate to sewing. I have found in very difficult in the past couple of months/years to make time to sew. I have some vice patterns for Victorian overalls, pants and vests, now I will finally get time to work on them.


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Aug. 13th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Measure away, measure away!! :: grin ::

(Man, I'm impressed with how many things you're proficient at!)
Aug. 13th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Did you notice the yarmulke? Mr Fechheimer was one of the founders of the Jewish community in Wichita in the 1860's.
Aug. 14th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
I did indeed! You look hot in yidwear ^_-
Aug. 13th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
that's really cool. :)
Aug. 13th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
That's awesome.
Aug. 14th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
How LUXE.... to only have to sew for 4 hours a week!!!!
Aug. 14th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
Such a nice thing to be getting into. Good to be back to something you like and that they need.

On a related note, if you or folks at the museum need period shoes Fugawee offeres a good discount to any orders from reenactment locations and carries rev-war though the civil war. Yes it is my mothers company, but they are one of the leaders in historical footware and if your cobbler can't keep up with demand it might be good to have a source.

Since your the tailor now, you migh be interested in the newest additon of brocade covered shoes, we let the customer sent the fabric so it can match the dress. I think they have pictures up on the website.

Fugawee has shoes places from Williamsberg to some small weekend only living history sites, and 2 diaramas in the Smithsonian (one on a slave child and one on Washington, we carry the right kind of boots and kid shoes) and were the shoes worn by the leads in the recent John Adams mini-series (among other things).

Sorry didn't mean to get into the sales pitch, habit with a family business. But I do know the discounts can help a good amount and they make some very nice shoes that last and are period correct. (even strait last are available). And have we got buttons, and will do custom order buttons in lead free pewter or brass.
Aug. 17th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for the information. I will gladly pass it on to the members in the museum.
Aug. 14th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Is that a bullet shaped bobbin in that machine? Seeing you at that machine reminded me of my childhood, watching my grandfather at his, kippah included. Thanks for posting this.

PS. I still have a 1913 White treadle model in my sewing loft. Sews thru just about anything including leather.
Jan. 20th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
I strayed from a friend's blog. You sew. Cute!
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