The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie - ★★★★★

The Sewing Machine

As a sewer (sewist? I never know what I should call myself), and a very proud owner of a 1945 Singer 201K, this book was right up my street. I loved the way that the stories of all the protagonists intertwined and hooked together like the needle and bobbin threads.

There are some excellent twists and turns that gradually reveal themselves, and I loved the sewing-related details. Natalie Fergie really captures the way that sewing can empower people, and the feeling of self-sufficiency that it can bring. I would be overjoyed if I found a ‘sewing notebook’ capturing all the garments sewed on my machine. As it is, I often imagine who has used it before me, and what they might have created on it.

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