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It’s a blog, not a gospel

A blog is by nature a collection of personal entries and not an encyclopedia of absolute truths. And my blog is exactly that – a recount of my experiences, with pictures. If it helps you and you learn something useful from it, so for the better. If it makes you chuckle at my naive conjectures, then do have a good laugh. Just don’t expect every statement to reflect the absolute historical truth, for there is no such thing.

They say that history is written by the victors. Or winners. Or survivors. But no, it is written by whoever bothered to actually write it up.

12 thoughts on “It’s a blog, not a gospel

  1. Hi Elena, you might be a little too humble here. Of course it is not gospel and please forgive anyone who thinks it is (including me if that is the case). However, your blogs are great reading for education, learning, and motivation/inspiration. Somehow….I always want to go work on or learn more about a machine after reading one of your blogs ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have a good friend whom I met a few years back on the internet. He is always making lemonade out of lemons on machines, cases etc. And he documents his work just like you are.

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    1. Thanks, Mike! ๐Ÿ™‚ This was a bit of venting, to be honest. Someone told me in no uncertain terms that I got some historical details wrong on the maker or year or model, but they didn’t provide any proof, only “anecdotal evidence”. I couldn’t see how their anecdotal evidence was any more factual than those other contradictory anecdotes that I quoted. A discussion on the responsibility of always telling the truth, absolute truth and nothing but the truth ensued. But this is a blog and not the Bible. ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, I don’t doctor my photos and tell the truth about what worked and what didn’t, so I thought I was doing pretty well on the truth department here! Apparently not well enough, I think they graded my essays “below expectation”. And I had thought school was over… Sorry – that was more venting!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  2. First thought on reading the title was oh ohhh! You had a bit of bovver! When I had cleaned up the Singer 66 I looked on Youtube to see how to thread it. I found a little fellow in America who went through it all, so I did the same. I had loads of skipped stitches. After that I found your blog and mentioned Singer liked Singer needles – well it went much better, just the odd one slip. Then I tried threading it the other way round and we were up and running. Point being it wasn’t necessary to berate someone for finding a different way that worked for them. Nor is it necessary to have a dig about dating the machines, I did see that Singer kept meticulous records and during war time they held on to some in the factories – which is why you (as in general, maybe I should say “one” like the Queen) think your machine was built in the 1940s but was cast and set aside in the 1930s! Other companies didn’t keep logs so much and any near guess or Sherlock Holmes deduction from a clue is good enough wherever the source comes from until a better one comes along – it might not, but for the time being it will do. With the Kerry Vesta, I guessed from the style of decals then Sewmuse a rough area in time – 1920s/30s. May 1925 was written in pencil on the lid. That may have been the date that the carpenter made the lid – so could be earlier or later but for me 1925 will do just fine.
    For me, I love to see you working on your machines and the workmanship, how they run etc is the best thing I’d found. A date is neither here nor there and quite a petty thing to pick on. I thank you muchly!

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    1. Thanks, Kerry! A great thing about writing a blog is that it allows you to vent. ๐Ÿ˜€ For you and me and most people who comment on my blog, the most important thing about a sewing machine is whether it sews or not, how well and how useable it is today (weird bobbins versus common bobbins, for example). An exact date of manufacture is fun and a nice to have but ultimately we don’t care. ๐Ÿ™‚ But there are other people who care for the exact opposite: exact historical details and never mind whether the machine can be used in daily life today. They feel strongly when you get things “wrong” – note the quotes because in fact there is no proof one way or the other!

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      1. LOL – my brother is one of those! A history sponge and avid wargamer. He even makes figures to scale which are then sold. The ones he has for himself are painted in the exact colours. Actually he is quite good – how he gets faces of US Civil War famous people in such tiny detail amazes me. Watching war films was a nightmare. Can’t have those guns – they came out in such and such a year later. Or that isn’t the right tank – they weren’t built. As for uniforms – ye gods! My dad used to get so cross “it’s just a film and I don’t want to hear any more yapping while I’m trying to enjoy it!” LOL!

        ๐Ÿค—

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      2. It isn’t half as bad as those Sci-Fi experts who will tell you that you that the dress details on a Romulan commander in the latest reincarnation of Star Trek are “historically incorrect for the period of Romulan history being depicted”. But there’s no such thing as Romulans or their history – it’s all a work of fiction!!! ๐Ÿคฃ

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