I am Heather, and I am rather obsessed with making things. This is a place to record information about the various things I’m doing with my time.

I like the challenge of figuring out how things work, and then making them myself, or fixing the machines that make them. My three most common hobby activities these days are sewing, machine knitting, and baking, though I’m often to be found hand knitting as well. I can also crochet, but I don’t do it much these days, except for the occasional amigurumi project. I pretend to like gardening, but I think I really only like getting vegetables for free.

I’ve recently taken up sculpting with polymer clay, which I really enjoy as it’s building on my almost-long-forgotten cake decorating and fondant sculpting skills, and I recently picked up some pencils and sketched something worth looking at for the first time in over a decade. Wow!

The sewing machines I currently have in my collection are:

  • Kenmore electronic sewing machine
  • Kenmore serger
  • Brother 2340cv coverstitch
  • White 8930 “Japanese badged” zig-zag vintage sewing machine, converted to treadle operation and housed in a Singer 15-30 treadle cabinet
  • Viking 714 “Japanese badged” vintage sewing machine
  • Kenmore 19005 embroidery machine
  • Bellinky linking machine – technically it’s a hand crank operated chainstitch sewing machine, I guess!

I had whittled my collection of knitting machines down to two that I was content with, but recently acquired two more. Currently in my possession are:

  • Singer 155 chunky gauge punch card machine with a SR155 ribber (currently not set up)
  • White/Superba 1602 double-bed 5mm gauge electronic machine with SuperbaKnit package and all the accessories
  • Brother 940 standard gauge electronic machine with KR850 ribber
  • Brother 260 chunky gauge punch card machine with KR260 ribber (THE UNICORN!)

And that’s it, really. I have fully achieved SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) in both yarn and fabric, so now I’m on a no fabric or yarn buying freeze unless I need something specific for a project.

I also love all things vintage – clothes, equipment, you name it. I have a couple of vintage typewriters, a collection of vintage teacups. A vintage coffee percolator that I love but don’t use every day, even my bike is a vintage Raleigh Superbe.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at heather.is.making.stuff (at) gmail (dot) com.