Thursday, December 29, 2011

A great Christmas find

While we were in the north visiting Loko's family, he took me to an awesome antique mall. It's the kind where vendors rent a space and fill it with their consignment stuff. I found a hand crank fluting machine. Doing some quick research on it shows it was pattented in 1866 and was on the market until the early 1900s. Not quite SCA period but a modern used pleating machine is about $200. I got the antique (in usable condition) for $100. Now I just have to figure out how to use it. A good portion of the Hungarian garb is pleated so I expect this to save me some time and frustration of trying to make all those tiny pleates with a modern iron.