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Portland, ME
USA

Made in Maine, Scandinavian-Inspired Print and Pattern, Designed and Handmade For Every Day Use in the Home. Created in late 2011, Lilleputt is the creative studio of Annika Schmidt.

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Annika Schmidt

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While I haven't mustered up the energy to sit down at my sewing machine quite yet... I just inherited another!

I was gifted this beaut, complete with finger-jointed wooden carrying case. Now it being a while (probably a month, to be exact) since I've used one of my machines, I'm trying to remember how many I have at this point...

Annika Schmidt

One corner of the studio is done, in my late-spring cleaning. How did we go from 40 to 90 degrees in one week? It’s felt too early to dive into a change of season cleaning, and now all of a sudden it’s too hot to get anything done.  If only the rest of the studio looked this calm and peaceful; I’ve got my work cut out for me today.

One corner of the studio is done, in my late-spring cleaning. How did we go from 40 to 90 degrees in one week? It’s felt too early to dive into a change of season cleaning, and now all of a sudden it’s too hot to get anything done.

If only the rest of the studio looked this calm and peaceful; I’ve got my work cut out for me today.

wedding dress day 3 (preview).

Annika Schmidt

With a short visit from Julia, it was time to get back to work on Jennah’s wedding dress! I have to admit it was a little nerve wracking starting to sew the silk bodice together… 
Here are some snapshots from the day; more details to come tomorrow!

Silk on silk. Ruched silk peeking out on the inside of the bust.

Improvised tailor’s ham with a dear teddy bear. 
 

Tense shoulders starting the day out on the silk bodice. No wonder I get neck aches.

Taking turns sewing on Julia’s Janome: Julia working on the bodice lining.

4th grade mechanics.

Annika Schmidt

I had a brief panic today when I sat down at my sewing machine with a day of sewing ahead of me. I had just sewn 2 inches, and pressed down on the foot pedal, and nothing. The pedal had collapsed. After a minute of feeling defeated, I pulled out a screw driver and opened her up to what looked like an easy fix. Remember my broken bobbin band? Well, unlike that, which looked like an easy fix, but then was only semi fixed… this WAS an easy fix. The little door-pull-shaped-object between the V of wires had unscrewed itself, and that has the little metal plate that gets pushed forward to the two little plates to complete the circuit. Made me think of 4th grade playing with positive and negative wires with batteries. Happy that’s all it was! …and that the fix was quick and free.

surgery.

Annika Schmidt



After months and months of winding my bobbins by hand, today I was just too frustrated.  I instantly overcame all my worries about taking my singer apart and dove in… and was thrilled to see what looked like a simple fix. I put on the new band for the bobbin winder, and screwed her shut with two simultaneous thoughts running through my head: today is a glorious day (and I don’t really use that word)… and how many hours of my life I could have back if I’d done this months again.  Not so easy. It turns out, I can wind bobbins, but only if I unscrew and remove the top. The opening for the bobbin winder ‘lever’ doesn’t allow it close enough to engage. Large bobbin winding band? Sigh. I suppose it’s still quicker than winding bobbins by hand.