It was important to me that the 40's collection in particular was made in a way that was authentic to the period. I think this was due to my fondness for the original camiknicker. It had no trim so the construction was very obvious and key to it's charm. We have a couple of industrial machines that have been used daily since 1986. They are great, a Singer from the 60's and an industrial Bernina 950 that we bought in the 80's brand new. Those machines are used for alsorts of sewing jobs. I wanted a machine that would be exclusively for making up the lingerie, especially those items made of crepe de chine.
I found the pctured Singer in Chapmans, sewing machine shop on Parkway, Camden. It does the most perfect straight stitch. I was surprised at how little wear and tear there was on it. You can usually expect scratches on the enamel finish at least. Apparently it had been owned by a school that had forgotten they had it. So it's like a 'new' vintage machine.