Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Alto Intuitive Sewing Machine

Have you seen this 
very cool innovation
created by 
Industrial Designer
Sarah Dickins
of the United Kingdom?
The Alto Sewing Machine
is a prototype Sarah built
for the 2012 James Dyson Award Program
accepting the challenge to "solve a problem".

Sarah wanted to put ease and
a more intuitive operation
back into the sewing experience
especially for beginners, 
who often express frustration in using their machines.
Among the many features:
*simplified thread path 
*no pedal.  The fabric is fed
through downward pressure at the throat plate
*adequate space to the right side of the needle 
Sarah created the Alto with the intention to help
sewers feel more comfortable 
mending their clothes.
But I think it would be perfect for the 
beginning quilter, too.
In addition,
the Alto is beautifully designed!
I think it's stylish enough 
to display
in any room of the house.
Here is a link for 
a 2 minute
You Tube video
where Sarah explains her 
Alto Intuitive Sewing Machine


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

how interesting!i can never think of ideas like that - they just do not come into my mind!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

This is genius! I looked at all the links and a few more...Now I want one!
Thanks for sharing.

Nanette Merrill said...

I've seen this. I want to have someone use it and tell me how they like it. You know, a real quilter's test. Not that I'm in the market for a machine, but it would be fun to know.

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Nat Palaskas said...

Thanks Nedra, it looks like a cool sewing machine! Hugs Nat