Sunday, August 18, 2019

Weekend Review: Sewing with MyLock II

Sewing with MyLock II /  Janome Corp.
probably 1980s, 40 pgs.
I wanted to share this delightful book I picked up on my thrifting travels last week. It's a book of projects for the New Home serger, or as they say in their intro, any three thread serger. I don't have a serger, but I couldn't resist the 80s vibe of this book! There is no date or publication information beyond what is on the back cover. 

But from the projects and the photos, both of clothing and home decor -- lots of pastel ducks -- I think I'm safe in assuming it's from the 80s. 

It caught my eye at the thrift store with the dress on the cover, and the fact that a pattern for this dress is included in the back of the book. It's a knit dress with a low waist and a back tie, but it still feels quite modern and contemporary.

However, one interesting thing about this book is that it was published by the Janome Sewing Machine Co., Tokyo Japan. And printed there as well. And you can tell! It's like an early Japanese sewing book. Just take a look at the sizes included in this knit dress pattern. It's made for tiny women!

But it's very much like the Japanese pattern books that are so popular now in other ways too. All the photos and descriptions of the projects -- dresses, nightwear, home dec -- are all up front. Then it moves into the instructions afterward. And in all of these instructions, you're given schematics to make your own patterns, just like all the other Japanese sewing books I own. 

This dress might be worth working out all those schematics for, though! It's still so pretty. But I'd also have to increase the size.

In any case this was an enjoyable find, lots of fun to look through and be inspired by. Except for the curtains and quilt, urgh. Way too 80s ditsy floral, pastel, puffy quilt styles for me! There is apparently a vol. 1 in the Sewing with My Lock series and maybe someday I'll also come across that one. 

Have you ever tried sewing from an older sewing booklet like this? Or a Japanese sewing book?


  1. I bought my first serger in 1989 and it was a Janome Model 234. Sergers had just been made popular for the home sewist in the late 80's.

  2. Hi Melanie, I am amazed that you don't own a serger. With all your sewing I had just assumed you would. You do so well with just your sewing machine.
    Books which accompanied machines did have a lot more information in the past than they do now. But to have a pattern included is pretty special. I guess it was to get people starting to use and see potential in the machine they purchased. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. There are surely a wide variety of sewing machines available in the market today, and all you have to do is determine what you really need and you're good to go.


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