May 28, 2013

The Alto Sewing Machine Prototype...

 I was recently visiting a favorite blog - Cactus Needle Quilting - when I saw
Nedra's post about this innovative design for a sewing machine. I was so
intrigued that I went to other sites to learn more about it and how it works.

It was designed by Sarah Dickens of the UK for the 2012 James Dyson Award
program, and as far as I can tell it's not yet in production. It doesn't have a foot
pedal to control the machine, it simply uses pressure on the base of the machine
(near the faceplate for the bobbin) to make it sew. It also has a straight path 
from the spool on the right side of the machine all the way to the needle.
You also find a huge amount of free space to the right of the needle.

I don't see bells and whistles like "back and forward" buttons or lights, but
I think the machine is beautiful and would certainly have a practical use.
I mean, wouldn't it be beautiful for traveling in the Flying Cloud?

When I put this up on my FaceBook page, my friend Troy from Junk
Exchange mentioned that the wood would probably age to a beautiful
patina over the years, too. (He always thinks of cool stuff like that!)

I thought you might enjoy a video to tell you a little more about the machine.
What do you think? Would you like to have one if they are ever produced?
I think I would, but the price would have to be right.

7 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Mandy said...

What an intriguing idea. It shows that there is still a lot of potential for future development in sewing machines. I hope someone does take this idea up and develop it so that it goes into production. I really would like to play with a machine like this, just to see what it can do.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I think it's gorgeous! I would Definitely like a machine like that! Simplicity and less bells and whistles, makes an inexperienced sewer like me, feel less intimidated. If it were priced right, I'd put it on my wish list:) Twyla

Createology said...

I would love to experience this machine in all its simplicity. However, anything Dyson is too pricey for my budget. Where is the bobbin? Donna Dear you do find the coolest things. This would be wonderful for the Flying Cloud and your love of sewing. Happy Hump Day...

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I'm thinking this would be wonderful to take to classes or work trips or wherever. It might be really handy for finishing smalls and other little projects. Plus, it's beautiful to look at and I agree, I bet the wood would age beautifully!

Hope you're doing well, sending hugs and prayers.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

James Dyson is one of my modern day heroes...he does such wonderfully innovative work and then encourages others to do the same. Love this sewing machine...would love to use it.

Wendy said...

I would love to give this machine a go! How wonderful for beginner sewers. I can also see this used for a portable machine for retreats and such.

Jillayne said...

I love it! It looks very sleek and sensible and I think for many applications it would be splendid - and not just for beginners.


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