meet elna : the lady behind the seams.
Lindsay here, and I'd like you meet Elna : the lady behind the seams.
My number one gal and the center of it all... quite literally and figuratively. This 1950’s zig-zag sewing machine resides in the middle of my one bedroom apartment accompanied by a wedding photo of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ulness and a Schlitz brewery clock. My only inheritance from my greatly missed, but dearly remembered grandparents which have easily become three of my most valued possessions.
But this story doesn’t start out with lady Elna, it begins with a Singer and a damsel in distress. It was right at the cusp of linyage— we were just paving our path and still discovering and defining what exactly this new venture was and what it all meant to us.
I was pushing through a late night to finish up one of our first custom dresses, when my Singer Sewing Machine clunked to a halt. When the normal tricks, prodding and (somewhat) gentle caressing failed and with no back up machine in sight, I went into full meltdown. Jonathan got the brunt of my distress (but that’s what boyfriends are for) and calmly drew my attention to the windowsill not 4 yards from where I was standing. There was, in fact, a vintage sewing machine sitting in my front windowsill that was currently acting as my flag waving at passers by, announcing my craft.
This relic had been found in my grandparents garage after they passed away and not having much to have left much behind, my family thought that it would be fitting for me to have it. unbenounced to me, my grandfather had done the mending and sewing in the family and Elna has been living near his tool bench since 1950. It was a beautiful ornament. But I had never actually taken it for a test drive.