Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vintage Love

I haven't posted here in a very long while.  Life!  Anyway, just thought I'd share one of my favorite machines.  My Bernina Record 730 that I was very lucky to get for $25 about 20 years ago. I recently replaced a cracked nylon gear, which is a common problem with these machines apparently. But 99% of the machine is metal and built to last. Now I have a problem with the ornamental stitches not forming properly -- probably need to adjust the timing for the metal cam that creates the patterns. But the straight stitch is always great on this tank.

Started a small project today to test out the machine.  I'm using a hemp and organic cotton blend fabric that I hand dyed in some warm hues of orange, fuchsia and watermelon. This fabric is great because it sews by machine very easily and also is great for hand stitching. This will become a pillow cover, and I might want to embellish it with some hand embroidery, so I opted for this fabric.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

An Organic Cotton Standard -- thumbnail sketch

Many producers of organic cotton follow the Global Organic Textile Standard. This is a means by which producers and vendors can become certified. I have been buying GOTS certified cotton. What does it mean to use certified organic cotton? Is it really that different than non-certified non-organic cotton?  Here's a quick summary, taken from the GOTS website:

Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarised in this section.

Over the next posts, we'll explore the detail behind the summary.