Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Sew Mama Sew Sewing Machine Meme

My favourite website Sew Mama Sew has a sewing machine questionnaire on their site so that they can source lots of info on different types of sewing machines and find out what people want from one.

Here are my answers:

What brand and model do you have? A 1950;s (I think) Novum Deluxe Mark III, if anyone has any info on this brand I love to hear it as I can't find anything on the internet about it.

How long have you had it? About a month

How much does that machine cost (approximately)? £5

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? Clothes mainly

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I try to sew every day but rarely manage it with 3 children and a house to run.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name? I love it and no, it doesn't have a name.

What features does your machine have that work well for you? I have an amazing array of feet to go on it, a ruffler, a pintuck foot, a bias binding maker which also sews the bias tape onto the garment, a narrow hem foot and a few others.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? Nope.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it! Bought it at a car boot fair and knocked him down from £10, I do love a good haggle.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? YES!!!! Amazingly fast and smooth, sews like a dream to a near industrial standard, plus it looks fabulous too.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? I don't know much about sewing machines, I just want one that can go through quite thick fabric and maybe even leather, is reliable, strong, simple and easy to use.

Do you have a dream machine? I think I have it already :)


  1. Anna - Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I've loved looking at yours - you're so talented! We miss you and Barney sends Fergus a big 'woof' back.

    Love Dx

  2. Hi, I linked here from the Sew Mama Sew collection of machine memes...

    I had never heard of the Novum brand before, which is why I clicked. It seems that you don't know much about it either, so I thought that I would offer that it looks to a Singer-clone. There were a lot of manufacturing companies in Japan that were making these after WWII--and even more distributors that were putting their names on them! So a lot of times it's difficult to find info on any particular brand because that brand didn't really exist as a company in the way that other sewing machine makers did.

    It looks really similar to some of the 1940/1950s models. Kind of like the 15-91 but not exactly. You can find out a lot of info about Singers, and even Japanese clones, on

    Good luck!

  3. Nins and Peedles2 July 2009 at 16:27

    Thanks for that, that was really interesting, I'll check out the link :)

  4. Argh! I just took one of these beauties down from my attic last night! Trying to find out online how to thread the thing! How is it done???

  5. Hi I just bought this Sewing Machine today
    Novum Mark III second hand for 60 euros I want to fix my trousers and to try to make things as well. I have never used a sewing machine before could you tell me is there any manuals on the internet or could you forward me any know how. I'm a 39 year old single bachelor looking to learn. I've heard in the east man sow more than in the west. And not behind closed doors neither
    Any Help would be great thanks

  6. I have one of these machines but i want to get rid of it. How much am i looking to get for it??