Friday, March 25, 2011


In anticipation of my first skirt project, I ordered an invisible zipper foot for my sewing machine. It turns out that the place to go for Janome parts in Vancouver is actually the Pfaff store... I didn't realize they were affiliated! In any case, that's great for me because it's right on Granville, smack dab in the middle of my commute home. I was worried this foot would be expensive, but it only set me back twelve dollars. Win!

My assistant inspects the merchandise

A few doors down, there was a carpet store with a few going out of business sale signs in the window. Now, I'm not in the market for a carpet, but they had a rack of pashminas outside. Upon closer inspection of the goods (and the signage), I realized that this was something I've been seeking for a long time: REAL pashminas. Affordable ones. Clearance sale, twenty five dollars each, 60% pashmina and 30% silk. I almost bought a beautiful champagne-coloured one, but it had a very visible knot in it, so I went with this bright blue instead.


I've been looking for one of these ever since I stupidly elected not to buy one in the markets when I was in Hong Kong. I've regretted that ever since! If you're in Vancouver, a natural fibre junkie like me, and in the market for a genuine Pashmina, check out Caspian Carpets on Granville. There are quite a few pretty colours to choose from. (Probably not for long, though!)

In other news: Pendrell 2.0 is off to a smashing start. Sleeve alternations look very promising. Keep an eye out for finished photos in the next day or two!


  1. have to say (janome owner too) i'm not that into the pfaff shop. it just seems that most times i go in there, they don't have what i need, or tell me i don't need what i want (such as a stitch in the ditch foot for top stitching on garments; i think i read that it's good for that purpose on the janome site itself).
    but i want to love them. and the lady with the bangs is pretty awesome.
    i think there's a place near royal oak skytrain that carries janome feet - and not on special order. i'm gonna give them a whirl.

  2. Oh, thanks for the heads-up! I have to say, I placed a special order for this foot and they weren't really that great about it - they told me it would take a week and it took twice that long. However, I wasn't in a hurry so I wasn't annoyed about it, but I might have been if I'd needed it. (I was probably more annoyed that they didn't call to update me.) But they were friendly enough when I went in.

    I'd be interested to know if you have a better experience elsewhere! I have to say, someone trying to convince me I don't want/need something always rubs me the wrong way. (I've had that experience at a certain local knitting store. We told them what we were looking for and she said, "why would you want that?" Uh, okay.)

  3. so this is where i think i'm going to try:
    really confusing website, but hopefully the shop has lots of goodies! happily i live near the skytrain so it's not too much of a trek!

  4. Whoa I agree about the website (a new window launches every time you click a link?) but it looks very promising for accessories/notions/etc! I should check that out!

  5. The Pfaff/Janome connection is interesting to know!... it kinda explains why a friend found me a manual for an elderly Pfaff serger that happens to be identical (except for the colour) to my equally elderly Janome serger. Hope you have fun with your foot... I've decided I need a different zipper foot for my Janome regular machine, I really hope I don't have to order it in!

  6. Producing identical machines under different brand names seems like cheating! LOL But then again, at least it means you got a manual :)

    I've just finished the muslin for my first pencil skirt, so hopefully I'll get to try out the foot very soon!