Friday, October 14, 2011

Sewing Machine Hunt in Granada

Yesterday, Germano and I went shopping for a used sewing machine. We spent over three hours digging through junk stores all over the city. Not only did he show me second-hand stores, but along the way he also showed me the best fabric stores and sewing machine doctors in town. I was surprised to see how vibrant the sewing community is in Granada -- certainly more so than in Hull, unfortunately. I cannot thank Germano enough for being so generous with his time last night. What a great sewing tour of Granada.
Germano, surrounded by sewing machines
In the end, I didn't buy anything because I'm not willing to pay CAD$150 for a machine I'll have to leave behind at the end of the year. As much as I am itching to sew, I also want to find the right machine -- at the right price. After all this work, I must admit that I felt a bit disappointed when I came home, but I'll keep going to these stores regularly and hopefully the right machine will show up.

Other than that, we came across this beauty! It wasn't working, but we still enjoyed it as an eye candy. So cool!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Surprise from England

When I got home yesterday, I was greeted by a surprise from England. Marie's package had arrived!

Back in September, I was the lucky winner of Marie's giveaway. I was still homeless then, so Marie had to wait before shipping her lovely gift. Sending Marie my new address was probably one of the first things I did when I moved in (can you blame me?). Thank you Marie for the cute fabric and the wonderful vintage pattern. I can't wait to work with it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Update from Granada

Although my last post was only two weeks ago, it feels like it was over a month ago. So much has happened since then. I'm now all settled into my new apartment, here in Granada, I've familiarised myself with the city, I've started classes, I've stuffed my face with tapas and I've even made a few new friends.

Only one is thing missing right now (aside from my dear Olivier, who is still back in Canada) and you've guessed it, it's a sewing machine. My hunt is proving to be more challenging then last year's. The first thing I did was to look in the local newspaper for the classifieds. I did find the classifieds, only the wrong kind of classifieds (ehem). My next strategy was to look online. No luck there either.

When I came across a used sewing machine store near my university, I really thought I had scored. From the window shop during the siesta, I could see the exact model of the 80s Singer I had in Hull. I was already imagining myself with her, sewing away all kinds of cute summer dresses.
"This is meant to be." I thought.

I was in for a surprise when I went back and inquired about the price.
Turns out, the machine was almost 250 euros. I believe my reaction went something like:
"WHAT??? 250 euros!?!? for a 30-years-old machine?!?"

How that stores stays in business, I do not know. And they would not budge when I tried to negotiate the price. My only explanation is that they cater to naive older women who still have the mentality that any sewing machine is something very, very expensive.

So my hunt continued, and just as I was getting a little discouraged, something unexpected happened. I saw a young woman reading a fashion illustration book on the bus. I don't why -- because I don't usually talk to strangers, I'm too shy -- but I started talking to her. And you know what? I'm really glad I did. It turns out that she is part of a craft collective (no less) and she is pretty sure she can help me find a sewing machine.

Fast forward a few days and I have a date with Germano, a Brazilian designer who kindly offered to take me to a market to buy a used sewing machine. We are meeting on Wednesday: I'll keep you update, Readers!

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