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.
Natalia Fergie has stitched a lovely story that stretches more than a century!
This story is told from the perspective of a few different characters, jumping from one decade to another. All of their storylines are interesting, but I was especially drawn to Fred. He was quite the character! He thought he had his life all figured out until the passing of his Granda, when the dominoes started to fall and he needed to re-evaluate everything.
I found it very interesting to follow the sewing machine’s journey and learn how it touched so many people’s lives. It is an inanimate object and yet it proved to be life-changing in many different ways. Of course all of these storylines are connected, and that is no easy task with such an expansive time period 1911-2016.
It is a story about love, loss, family, and perseverance. There were many heartfelt moments that I will not soon forget!