Hello! My name is…

So, now that June has made my public introduction, thought I’d chime in here while everyone is at Market. My name is Denise Starck and I’m the new graphic designer around here. I started in January and LOVE working at Quiltmaker! It’s kind of my dream job where I get to combine my skills in print design with my quilting hobby. Pinch me! I’ve been quilting for over 12 years and really enjoy working with color in all sorts of quilts.

Recently, we were talking about our first sewing machines and I was telling my coworkers about the one I had as a child. I couldn’t remember who made it, but knew that it “sewed” using glue. No one had ever heard of such a thing, so I set out to search for it on the internet (don’t you just love the web?) I was SO excited to find one on etsy. It’s called Sew Magic Barbie® Fashion Set made by Mattel® circa 1972, and I just had to buy it!  I waited not-so-patiently for it to arrive and it didn’t disappoint. It had most of the original supplies and was in great condition.

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Sew Magic Barbie® Fashion Set

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Sew Magic with dress form

The machine is battery-powered and uses a cartridge to stitch with glue. By lowering the presser foot, you turn it on and it starts to “stitch.” It works a lot like paint pens where you press down and the paint, or in this case glue, comes out.

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Glue Cartridge – It even says 1972!

It comes with patterns and fabric to make oh so fashionable shorty pajamas, a blouse, skirt and even a purse for your favorite Barbie®.

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Patterns and original fabric

It even has a dress form to ensure a perfect fit! I remember spending hours making clothes for my dolls and was tickled to have this piece of memorabilia for my very own again.

So, that’s how I got started sewing and eventually found quilting as an adult. I have since upgraded to a more modern sewing machine, but still have a soft spot for my first machine. What was your first sewing machine?

About Denise Starck

I am the Graphic Designer for Quiltmaker. I really love what I do and being able to combine my two passions, graphic design and quilting, into every day is fantastic! I've been quilting for over 14 years and enjoy all types of quilting.
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7 Responses to Hello! My name is…

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  2. Linda says:

    Singer Touch n’ Sew. My mother had a black Singer table model that I learned on. My Singer is still with me but I’ve moved on to a Bernina. I still love the ease of winding a bobbin on the Singer!

  3. Carol says:

    My Mom didn’t sew so the first machine I had, I purchased after taking Home Ec and falling in love with sewing. I think it was a Singer. I didn’t make doll clothes (I was too old at that point) but I do remember wearing those baby doll PJ’s!

  4. cynthia says:

    I have been telling my husband and boys about that sewing machine for ever. That was totally my first machine. I thought that was the coolest thing in the world. I loved that and I wish I would of kept mine. I have most of my dolls and barbie stuff from my childhood but not my first sewing machine.

    Thanks for the flash back

  5. Jocelyn says:

    My first machine was one that belonged to my Mom. It was a little Singer Featherweight. I fought and struggled with that little machine. When I graduated from high school I decided to buy a new Singer machine for myself. And in turn I sold my Mom’s Featherweight to a friend for ……….. gulp……… $10!!! Boy have I regretted that so much! # 1 is that little machine is worth way more then $10, and #2 it was my Mom’s. But I never even gave it a second thought until years later. My sweet hubby has since surprised me and bought me another little black beauty, which sews like a dream.

  6. adnohr says:

    I had this too! I completely forgot until I saw the dress form and the glue cartridge. Wow, mindflash. Anyway, my first real machine wasn’t until I was out of college and was a Kenmore, but I recently found a decent Brother @ Costco and passed my Kenmore on to a friend. Next time I’ll save up for a while and get a big-girl machine, like a Bernina or something.

  7. Sheena B says:

    That is just too neat…sewing with glue! My first sewing machine was a “Holly Hobbie” sewing machine. I liked it because it kind of looked like my grandmother’s hand-crank black Singer. Of course, I also played on my Mom’s sewing machine as well…not sure if that was a Kenmore or Singer…..one of the two I am sure.

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