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The cover of the book is instantly appealing I could connect with the title The Sewing Machine and relate to it to my childhood When my mother and I would visit John Lewis department store on a Saturday to pick out material for my Cabbage Patch Dolls new dress Which my mum then made on her Singer Sewing Machine So that was instantly appealing then to read that Edinburg When I was little I remember standing by my mom s side watching her sew me and my sister new clothes When I was about 10 we went to an auction and my mom bought this old Singer sewing machine wood with little drawers on the side I thought it was for decoration but this was a machine for me to learn on I am not sure what ever happened to this old machine I am sure it was sold again on an auction Many ears later my husband would by me a new Singer and that is what I uilt on today But it is the thought of sitting up to this old relic of a machine when I was 10 and 12 L Amour Fou de Dieu years old with the little knee presser that I remember when I sewThe Sewing Machine follows the life of a 1911 model Singer sewing machine the multi generational book of inspector sewer and later grandson The story begins with Jean Cameron a final inspector for Singer in the days of 1911 when the Singer factory is about to go on strike But on her last day she sets a secret message in her last machine That machine is bought by Kathleen who sews on it to make ends meet and starts the very vast collection of books of everything sewn on the machine It is then handed down to her daughter Connie and then to her grandson Fred The only criticism I have is the ending of course not all books end the wayou want but this one kind of left me hanging I wanted it to continue a few chapters to bring all the ties together This was an enjoyable read especially if De brevitate vitae you are a sewer But not just to follow the life of one machine to follow the life tribulations joys and discoveries of these charactersThankou to Netgalley the publisher and Natalie Fergie for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review I first heard about this book when the author contacted me back in December last Signaler un problème year to ask if I might be interested in reading her forthcoming novel I was really intrigued by the idea of the story following a sewing machine and its owners over theears and the fact that it was set partly in Leith and other areas of Edinburgh sold it to me I am so glad I said I would read it as I thoroughly enjoyed itThe idea of following the story of an object throughout its life is one that really appeals to me In this case we follow the journey of a Singer Sewing machine from when it was first built at the Singer factory in Clydebank in the early 20th century through a few of its previous owners to the present owner Fred who has inherited it from his grandmother We learn about Jean who worked at the sewing machine factory and Kathleen and her daughter Connie who kept a record of every item they sew on the machine in small notebooksI really enjoyed that as well as following the sewing machine throughout the ears we also learned about the rapidly changing social history of the time The author has obviously carried out her research well as she brings to life what is was like to work in the sewing factory at a time when a mass strike was being called to improve the rights and conditions of workers Through the characters of Connie and Ruth we learn about how nursing changed through the decades The changing role of women and social attitudes also is explored as we follow the lives of Jean Kathleen Connie and RuthThe were so many characters in this book who I warmed to but I must admit to having a soft spot for Connie and her husband Alfred They are such a loving couple and some of their generous and

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actions brought lump to my throat In the present day story their grandson Fred is also very likeable character and I liked the way we got to know him partly through his blogposts The sewing machine is of course a rather important character in itself As the storyline moved back and forward through the ears Natalie Fergie cleverly reveals a little of her characters lives at a time before finally revealing a long hidden secretI must just mention how much I enjoyed the setting particularly the parts of the story set in Leith and Edinburgh Although I live in Portobello now I am a Leither by birth and it is seen as a very distinct part of Edinburgh I could imagine my grandparents and great grandparents in the very parts of Leith mentioned in the story and visualise the living conditions described I also had fun working out where Fred was as he walked through present day Leith I really wanted to think of some clever sewing imagery to sum up the book but the best I can come up with is that Natalie Fergie has skilfully drawn the threads of her story together to a very satisfying ending Thankfully she is much better at creating a wonderful story than I am at a very satisfying ending Thankfully she is much better at creating a wonderful story than I am at metaphors The first thing I did when I finished The Sewing Machine was to call my mum to tell her she HAD to buy this book The second thing I did was to sit and wonder how on earth I was going to write a review that would manage to convey just how much this book affected me and how I would ever find the words to convince others to buy and read this stunning book It is currently now sitting at the top of my favourite reads for 2017Everything about this book worked for me I always find that the setting is just as important as the storyline and characters so for me to discover that Edinburgh plays a huge part in The Sewing Machine was a delightful surprise I know Edinburgh very well and have a huge soft spot for it I was fascinated to see the places I know so well like the Old Royal Infirmary used within multiple time frames in this novel so that I was looking at them with fresh eyes And I also know of the Singer factory as I used to live near Clydebank where it was a well know local landmark and it was such a sad day for the town when the remaining buildings were finally demolished So to see it brought to life again lifted off the pages with the vibrancy of Natalie Fergies passionate descriptions of its workers and their circumstances was a joy to experience I learned to sew on my mum s glossy black vintage Singer and the memories of those times came flooding back as I became involved in the fates of Jean Kathleen Connie and FredThe lives of these characters are connected by a Singer 99K and the multiple timelines are beautifully crafted weaving together to create a family journey of nostalgia that I defy anyone reading not to be affected by it Once Nam you pick up The Sewing Machineou will become so engrossed in their lives that Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination you won t want to let them go Even now 3 days after finishing it I want to go back and search out those women I need to know MORE I want to experience theears we didn t get to see and follow Fred through the next phase of his lifeI have always felt that the themes of family especially in the history and stories that we pass down the generations are of paramount importance within our society and The Sewing Machine has reinforced my own ideas about keeping our relatives alive in our memories through photos arns and family heirlooms As the threads of these family stories were expertly woven together it evoked long forgotten memories and emotions in me and I lost touch with reality for a while as I became entwined within the past As the richly embroidered tapestry of life brings It is 1911 and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory For her nothing will be the same againDecades later in Edinburgh Connie sews coded moments of Estic setting ou might also enjoy The Longest Night and A Place We Knew Well Structurally and thematically this book reminded me of The History of Bees It s a totally different genre but I always love stories about how we re all connected and the ways we unknowingly affect each otherRelated Singer Factories Kilbowie Clydebank Scotland Information about the actual Singer factory and strike Sewing machines Liberation or drudgery for women by Joan Perkin History Today 2002 If Chasing McCree Chasing McCree you have access to Prouest through a library this is an interesting article that takes a dimmer view of the invention of the sewing machine The whole concept of paving the way reminded me of this great uote from a letter by former US President John Adams The science of government it is my duty to study than all other sciences the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of indeed exclude in a manner all other arts I must study politics and war that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy geography natural history and naval architecture navigation commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting poetry music architecture statuary tapestry and porcelain Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher You can find books that are looking for funding at this link I received this book for free from NetGalley and Unbound This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review It s available now The Kindle version is 299 as of 5152018 I absolutely loved this book start to finishI noticed some reviewers noted that the book jumps around timewise and that is true but I found it integral to the story It is a deftly weaved story that spans many decades and slowly ties families together through an antiue sewing machine in the presentIt is 1911 and employees at the Singer factory in Kilbowie Scotland are ready to strike for euality better pay and better working conditions Donald is at the lead in trying to get the employees to join a union which of course does not sit well with the factory operators It also sits decidedly unwell with his girlfriend Jean s father who is a company man through and through and does not like Donald at all which he makes abundantly clear He is a hard man without many redeeming ualities and it costs him his relationship with his daughterMoving to present day we meet Fred a very immature man in his 30 s who is a banker and who has just inherited his granda s grandfather s flat in the country As he has recently chucked his job and in need of money Fred looks around for things he can sell He finds two sewing machines at the property The last thing Fred thought he would be was a sewer but in helping his neighbor with her two active boys a sewer he becomes Into this soupou can add a woman who Fred meets at a boot sale who salvages old sewing machines and turns all the innards into beautiful useful things She and Fred hit it off eventually and she is the one Fred turns to when family revelations rock him to the coreThe book is rich in period details to the point where Impossible Things you can almost smell the Singer factory andou can picture the countryside of Scotland Focusing on the lives of three characters Jean Connie and Fred along with the people close to them The Sewing Machine transports the reader from 1911 to the modern day In telling the stories of the various characters the author provides a wealth of domestic detail relevant to the specific period giving a real feeling of authenticity On the other hand at times the narrative skips over significant periods of and momentous events in their lives with the gaps only filled towards the end of the book I had a few When did that happen moments There were some events such as the strike at the Singer factory that I would actually have liked
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learn AboutThere Details In The were details in the that I absolutely loved such as the entries in the notebook recording garm 3 secrets 27 notebooks 4 generations 1 blog Millions of stitches The Sewing Machine is the debut novel from Natalie Fergie a book that spans generations from the 1911 mass strike at The Singer Factory in Clydebank Scotland to than 100 Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan years later to 2016 in LeithNatalie Fergie takes the reader on a journey with a sewing machine and it s impact on the generations that followed The Sewing Machine is a book with a big heartFollowing the story of Jean we are taken back to a time in history where workers rights were unheard of particularly those of women An incident in the Singer factory involving three women resulted in one of the biggest mass strikes of the time when 10000 people walked out in support in the hope of highlighting the working conditionsJean lives with her father who is a man of old stock with beliefs far different to Jean As she stands up with the masses and in support of her betrothed Donald her life moves forward in a direction that she never expected Jean worked in the testing department of the machines but as life gets complicated Jean discovers life outside the factory walls and beyond the confines of her father s house We get an insight into the poverty and difficulties that these workers faced at the time as they struggled to cope with impending war and rationsNatalie Fergie then brings the reader to 100ears later Fred is going through a few life changes of his own After the passing of his grandfather Fred has some major life decisions to make He writes a blog to convey his feelings as it his way of expressing himself and the challenges he too now facesThe book is broken up into sections where as a reader we are introduced to life in the early 1900s the 1950 s the 1980 s and 2016 These are all very significant times in our society s history revolving around wars pre and post the recession hit 1980s and our modern society with the focus on the internetblogging etcNatalie Fergie s book is almost an historical journal of our time travelling through the lives of the different generationsThere is one story that I think will strike a chord with many and that is the one of Connie and Alf For many of us they would be reminiscent of our grandparentsparents time when life seemed to move at a much slower pace and the simple routines of life were enoughIt is through a series of discovered notebooks that unearths a history of the many lives who had the fortune to use this particular machine The story of all the different seamstresses is expressed though the various windows opened within the pages of these booksI was reared in an environment surrounded by buttons and thread with the hum of a Singer a constant in the background My blog name was inspired by my own history and with Natalie Fergie s wonderful use of bobbins and fabric I was lucky to relive some very precious memories The Sewing Machine is a novel woven together using the different threads of the lives of different generations The end result is a very warm heartfelt look at the impact of one sewing machine on so manyNatalie Fergie s publication of this book in association with Unbound displays her passion for sewing with her love for her own machines shining through in every page There is a wonderful attention to detail with the descriptions of each generation and the associated threads and fabric portrayed vividly The Sewing Machine is a delightful book filled with the wonderful tapestry of life interwoven with the magic of one very uniue vintage Singer Sewing Machin. Family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations one stitch at a ti. Ll our characters together I got those goosebumps again and a feeling that all was finally as it should be in the world There is so much here that is relevant to our modern society today and I m so glad that things seem to be coming full circle with make do and mend crafting and upcycling becoming fashionable againI can not recommend this book highly enough and I now want to buy it in paperback so I can display it as the work of art that it rightly is on my bookshelf It s an endearing story beautifully told and intelligently written One of the best debut novels I have ever read The sewing machine has provided work in manufacture eased work in the home and facilitated work when there was none to be hadA well researched historical novel that alternates between several timelines1911 Clydebank Scotland where we meet an eighteen Wachten op Apollo year old Jean who works as a sewing machine tester at the Singer Factory At that time the Singer Factory was all powerful and employed thousands of workers It even had its own railway station and its own trains Jean lives with her domineering father who also works for Singer There follows a brief and accurate portrayal of the strike that took place thatear A strike which Jean s father disapproves and which Jean s beau Donald Cameron helps organize The betrothed Jean and Donald eventually are forced to leave Clydebank and they move to Edinburgh A time to rend and a time to sew a time to keep silence and a time to speak1954 Edinburgh Scotland wher Am loving this book Reminders of the Singer sewing machine in our family from the late 1940 s into 2005 My Mother lovingly spending her don t bother I m sewing time as she sewed dresses for her five daughtersInteresting story spanning different generations I admit about 23 of the way through for some reason I started to get confused as to who some of the characters were Is this the grandmother or the mother oryou get the idea I m not really fascinated with family trees so perhaps that contributed to my memory lapses But all told I did really enjoy the book Secrets are hidden in the fabric and creases of the old hospital They turn up on a daily basis but their importance is not always recognised by those who discover them Decades separate these four characters but they are all tied together by a sewing machine Clydebank 1911 Jean 18yo is a sewing machine tester at the local Singer Factory The workers are about to strike and she s forced to choose between her father who demands compliance and her rebellious boyfriend who s encouraging her to strike Edinburgh 1954 After tragedy befalls her family Connie 33yo decides to follow in her mother s footsteps Edinburgh 2016 Fred 35yo inherited his grandfather s property His plans to sell everything are put on hold when he uncovers a hidden secret in his grandmother s sewing machine Letting go of family artifacts is going to be far emotionally difficult than he anticipated The fourth character is introduced in the last third of the story so I ll let Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (American Psychology-Law Society Series) you discover that person forourselfI love to uilt so the title caught my eye immediately My experience was actually similar to Fred s I just decided I was going to sew one day and I taught myself with a combination of YouTube videos and blog tutorials I was originally a graphic designer so it s been so gratifying to make useful items that will last for decades rather than something that will most likely find its way to the trash can by the end of the week if not immediately Author Natalie Fergie describes the sewing machines and the act of sewing with so much love I loved how Fred described his purchase of used bobbins Each one has layer after layer of different coloured threads It s like a geology of dressmaking This story gave me a whole new appreciation for the invention of the sewing machine and the effect it had on peoples lives It was interesting how the characters relationships with sewing evolved over the generations 1 Connie s mother and Jean entered the sewing industry because it was one of the few options they had to support themselves 2 Connie had options but chose to sew 3 and Fred had the freedom to sew for funThe notebooks were my favorite element of the sew 3 and Fred had the freedom to sew for funThe notebooks were my favorite element of the Every time Connie s mother Kathleen finished a project she sewed a tiny scrap to a page of the notebook and wrote a short description of the project At first glance it s just a list of sewing projects but upon closer look the pages tell the story of a life and a community In between the stitches there are tales of new beginnings struggles celebrations and loss The notebooks are a tangible record of the memories objects hold and the value they accumulate as they pass through generations Fred slowly comes to that realization as he goes through his grandparents possessions Sometimes he picks up an item and it feels like he s picks up an item and it feels like he s back in time or like a long gone family member is standing right next to him He had been feeling disconnected lately but these newly realized connections to the past make him feel grounded Fred also learns that new isn t always better just because something is old doesn t mean it has outlived its usefulness It s not only the tangible items that get passed down there are also the lessons taught the continuing of traditions and the ingrained behaviors items that get passed down there are also the lessons taught the continuing of traditions and the ingrained behaviors one point twenty three Callisthnie - La musculation globale year old Jean realizes that she still counts stair steps the way her mother taught her to when she was learning to count There were a few things that took me out of the story I had trouble maintaining the author s vision of the characters The two characters in their mid 30s read muchounger to me especially Fred However there was one aspect in which Fred actually read much older His resistance to setting up an email account on his phone was an especially odd uirk for a 35 And the Ass Saw the Angel year old banking sector contractor who was very modern in every other avenue of his life This book is probably best read in as few sittings as possible The story spans a little over a century and we re dealing with four generations but there are also major time jumps within each generation So a character might go from single or childless in one chapter to married or a parent by the next time they appear These time jumps were both confusing because I thought I had drifted off during a vital chapter and disappointing because I couldn t share in those big moments with the characters I had come to care about Over explaining The last fifth felt like a never ending summary of the entire story the reader is already able to put all the pieces together a character has everything fully explained to them that character later explains everything to another character It also went one coincidence too far for me but the ending was very moving The last line made me misty eyed A time to rend and a time to sew a time to keep silence and a time to speak Accepted family stories are upended and seemingly insignificant actions have the potential to change the course of a completely unrelated person s life This book left me with an appreciation for every person whose experience and determination paved the way for the lives we have now Decades pass and new technologies come and go sometimes for better sometimes for worse but our effects on the people around us have the potential to endure far into the future The Sewing Machine is a heartwarming and comforting tale with a touching message I genuinely cared about the characters and I enjoyed reading it Ifou like historical fiction in a dom. Er life into a notebook as her mother did before herMore than 100 ears after his grandmother’s sewing machine was made Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents His. ,

The Sewing Machine