What is this, you ask? This is a Newell Pleater for smocking. Now I can make my own pleated panels out of any fabric I choose.
A couple of weeks ago, I finished two smocked ornaments for the Flickr Handmade Ornament Swap organized by Locodowo. I am also a member of the Learning to Smock Yahoo Group. The members of this group helped me improve my smocking when Beautiful Daughter #1 asked me to make Abby's blessing gown. (I love to lurk on the site and see all the beautiful things people make, so when I made the ornaments, I shared them.)
I was grateful for the advice on the gown. And honestly, it turned out better than I expected. It really was lovely.
Then, for the ornament swap, I smocked these two ornamments.
I know that they don't make the Newell pleater any more, and I also know that it doesn't have as many rows as some pleaters. But needles are still available for it , and I generally only smock 10 rows anyway. Except for the blessing gown, where I think I smocked 14 rows. Anyway, it should fit most of my needs, and if I only smock a few things, it has paid for itself.
It came with the manual and extra needles.
Now, I just have to figure out how to use it.