… a what machine?

You might be wondering where I got the name for this website. When Isabella, my daughter, was only two years old she was quite obsessed with big rigs and trucks. Until one sunny day, she was sitting on the bike with me, we drove passed a building site when she yelled “GAAFMACHINE” and pointed at a big yellow truck.

a cool machine

She meant to say graafmachine, which is Dutch for excavator or shovel, but could not yet pronounce the letter -r-. I thought it was funny because gaaf, in Dutch, means cool. The new made-up word combines -gaaf- with -machine-. And the name of my website was born.

The Nina Blouse featuring polar bears

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Brrr…I thought Spring had arrived, but suddenly it’s really cold again here in The Netherlands. When I told Isabella I […]

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Catherine Cardigan by Sewpony

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Have you seen it? Suz from Sewpony has made another stunning pattern!   The Catherine Cardigan is a sweet and […]

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There we go, One Thimble #18 is here!

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Whoops, this post should have been up already since 18/02 but due to some troubles with my blog it didn’t […]

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Let’s explore the jungle!

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I was so excited when I could join the testing group of the Urban Jungle Dolls from Petit a Petit […]

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It’s here OT #17!

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I can’t believe One Thimble Issue 17 is already here. I have been so extremely busy at work the last […]

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It’s here, One Thimble #16

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Wow, it’s been a while since my last blogpost… Life has been hectic with work, social events, summer holiday… When […]

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I am Nelleke and yes it’s official, I am a sewing addict. I just can’t seem to avoid any beautiful fabrics, patterns, ribbons, buttons and so on! So, I have to keep my stash at a level that I do not panic when I want to start a new project on a Sunday evening and I do not have enough fabric or a challenging pattern. I want to start right away! Hmmm, that sounds a little like an addict right? All harmless since I do not bother anyone (or should I say; my husband?) with it, hehe. My daughter Isabella is loving all the things I make, so that makes at least two people happy! I started when my mom had enough patience to teach me the basics of sewing. Simple things and many hours of practicing.
Later on my parents gave me my first sewing machine (which I am still using!) , at that time not realising that it would become one of my best friends…J. And then when Isabella was born in 2011 I started making clothing. With lots of projects ending up in the bin and much more patience and persistency, I finally managed to get to a level that was good enough to wear. A few years later, most of the dresses and skirts Isabella is wearing a made by me.