Pub: Unbound Digital
It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again.
Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her.
More than 100 years after his grandmother’s sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams.
He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.
From the start you just know The Sewing Machine is going to be a little treasure.
Set in three timeline 1911, 1954 and 2016, getting to know each of the characters was just amazing. Each timeline is written perfectly for the era. the strike in the factory and the consequences of that which affects Jean, the brilliance of the 1950’s NHS where the Sister would make tea in china cups to deliver bad news and the modernity 2011.
Jean, Connie and Fred each have a history to the Singer sewing machine that Natalie Fergie has written about. You would think that a novel about an everyday item would be quite dull… but you would be very very wrong.
From the start of its life, being made and tested, to being used to make beautiful ballgowns and mending sheets to finally being used as a doorstop which folk trip over. the life of the machine is interesting, and wonderfully brilliantly descriptive.
Without giving anything away, I loved the way each story entwines and we discover the link between each part of the tale.
It’s the little things with this book. The dust of the factory floor, sandwiches in grease-proof paper and the changing times which brings The Sewing Machine to life.
Everyone knows that I have a love of sewing, and this book was joy to read. Even if you have never stitched I am convinced that will be enjoyed by all who read. There is sadness, romance, births and deaths, but it is Natalie’s writing that gives this an emotive and realistic edge.
I could talk about it all day. and this book will be on my recommendation list for ever. I just simply loved it.
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