I wish I could have fitted it all in, it's a huge lovely old building!

Have you ever heard of a town in rural Victoria called Maryborough? It is not a large town, but it is a growing town. I visited this town on the weekend. As we drove around having a look I spied a sign, it read…..”SEW WHAT”   It was like an invitation, it was like it was calling me, it was just too tempting, I had to know what it was all about. It is located in the old  Maryborough flour Mill and IT is fabulous.

Wayne and Judi McKail  have done a wonderful job of collecting, and restoring sewing machines in fact I joined a tour led by Wayne where he spoke about  their collection. The tour included over 250 vintage, antique and toy sewing machines,  and I loved it. I could have spent all day there.

The Vickers my favourite for too many reasons to mention

The handy carry sewing machine!

Sewing machines not only looked fabulous but as Wayne demonstrated for us, they sounded divine as they glided along to the gentle rythmn of the pedal. The tour was great, it is always exciting to talk to someone who is passionate about what they do. I don’t think any two tours would be the same! I love the fact that the whole  collection started because one day Judi said to Wayne that she would like a treadle sewing machine. Then look what happened!!

An old sewing machine that has been lovingly restored, works like a charm and looks like a dream is truly a thing of beauty.

The oldest machine in the collection.

This one when you open the door it is actually the seat! How cool is that!

Now the only problem was I ran out of time and I missed out on seeing the rest of shop and exhibitions they have on offer for. Guess I will just have to find another excuse to go to Maryborough.

If you want to know what I am talking about check out “Sew What” at the Maryborough Flour Mill.

Wayne and Judy

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