IRVING PARK — An artist specializing in crafting custom designs using a vintage embroidery machine has moved her studio and shop to Irving Park.
Vichcraft owner Jenna Blazevich’s crank-and-wheel Cornely A chainstitch machine is a little more than 100 years old — but it still works well for her customers’ stitching needs. When creating a custom design, Blazevich leads the direction of the needle freehand over pennants, shirts and other items.
“If you picture a mechanic shirt or a bowling shirt, they would have been personalized with this kind of machine,” Blazevich said. “It’s a really special, very rare machine.”