Sew far, Sew good

machine on stAL

On our last visit to Greenwich Clocktower Market, we took with us this lovely 1930’s Skinner No.9 hand crank sewing machine. This was the first time we’d had a sewing machine for sale and wasn’t too sure how it would be received. As you can see the machine itself is a thing of beauty, with stylish gilding to the base plate, inlaid wood to the surround which matched the teak wood cover that it came with. It should also be said that it weighed a ton! Its never been so true to say that they don’t make them like this anymore!

However, we need not have had any concerns. This beautiful  machine didn’t even last past lunch time before it was secured by a visitor out with her family,  Suzi Helsan. Luckily Suzi had reinforcements with her and so hopefully the journey back to Woolwich wasn’t too painful.  Suzi very kindly sent us a picture of this lovely machine in its new home – As Suzi so eloquently put it when she emailed us “Pride of place in my hall – ready to be used'”

It really is so rewarding to see that such a lovely item, made with such marvellous craftsmanship is going to be given a new lease of life and a second chance to be useful.  Well done Suzi.

sewing machine

We’re just loving this!


As part of our homage to St. Valentines Day, on our stall at Greenwich Clocktower Market in February we had some rather lovely antique poetry books. We had all the old favourites Wordsworth, Longfellow and  the main man Mr Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know Lord Byron. One of our visitors was Johanna Paulson, Graphic Designer with Pea-nut Design Studio who are based in Greenwich. Johanna bought some of the books and will be using them in a display for a forthcoming Wedding Event on Saturday 5 March on the Cutty Sark that she is attending. Johanna kindly sent us a picture of how she will be using them – looks marvellous – you clever girl!

18th Feb