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haberdashery unit
this unit started life as a modern looking pc unit so i removed the pc bits and pieces and took the keyboard shelf off and glued i it to the bottom of the unit thus giving me an extra shelf to store bales of material etc
Posted by Adele Wallace on January 18, 2013 Full Size| Slideshow

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7 Comments

Joan Mc
4:03 PM on March 8, 2013 
This sewing machine looks just like the real old sewing machine I have
Adele Wallace
10:55 AM on February 2, 2013 
I have just discovered a message you sent a while ago so i apologize for jut replying back. I think thats brilliant that you keep the historical side of things so accurate in your houses. I purchased a book of ebay and the information in it is amazing so im trying hard to keep my in the right era though i have picked up a few bits in charity shops that are slightly out of scale but because they looked so pretty i tgot them anyway and am trying tosneak them in discreetly lol
Brooksey
12:30 PM on January 22, 2013 
This what I love about dolls houses - they can evoke so much. All mine are set in the 20th century (1900, 1933, 1965 and the early 1990s). They are all the homes of working families (or a bunch of students in the 1990s house). I try to make them as historically accurate as I can, which makes them a great record of social history. I've put them together from my own memories and stories told to me by my parents, parents-in-law, and grandparents, or through exhaustive research when I don't know the answer to something and there is no-one still alive I can ask. (There is only my Dad, nearly 82, left now from the previous generations). Typically, I want to know things like "Was that brand of tea available in 1900?". I won't use anything that's out of its time. When I discovered that Brasso wasn't introduced until 1905 I removed it from the 1900 cottage and gave it to one of the later houses!
Adele Wallace
7:29 AM on January 21, 2013 
A great makeover!

The treadle sewing machine and its table looks good. These are very nostalgic for me. The market town where I live used to be a centre for garment-making, from Victorian times, and had five or six large factories. All gone now - the last closed 10 years ago. Both my grandmother and great-grandmother worked in them (the latter for 65 years with one firm!). I remember well the treadle Singer that my great-gran had at home, on which she endlessly "ran up" curtains and did tailoring for men and women, all extra to her full working week!
[/Julie Hardy]
awh julie isnt it so sad to see places like that closing but your town sounds like a lovely place that is steeped so much in history. Treadle sewing machines were excellent and they worked hard back then to bring in some extra money. It is lovely to have such nice memories :)
Brooksey
8:14 AM on January 19, 2013 
A great makeover!

The treadle sewing machine and its table looks good. These are very nostalgic for me. The market town where I live used to be a centre for garment-making, from Victorian times, and had five or six large factories. All gone now - the last closed 10 years ago. Both my grandmother and great-grandmother worked in them (the latter for 65 years with one firm!). I remember well the treadle Singer that my great-gran had at home, on which she endlessly "ran up" curtains and did tailoring for men and women, all extra to her full working week!
Adele Wallace
3:51 PM on January 18, 2013 
thank you lally, im just about to start next project a painted floor for the bathroom as i have just ordered a real ole worlde maghogany wood bathroom set
lallyp
3:20 PM on January 18, 2013 
Excellent!

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