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Times Past: We're sensing a pattern here

November 8, 2010 |  6:30 am


From the Los Angeles Times archives: West magazine, April 9, 1972
In fashion, as Heidi Klum reminded us weekly, you're either in or you're out. One day you have a full-page ad in a magazine; another day you get buried in the closet while cheap clothes and busy lives make you as dated as the all-girl Home Ec class.

And now? Who knows. Maybe the craft and DIY craze will lead the sewing machine to a full-page comeback. Prices certainly help. Adjusted for inflation, that $189.95 price tag above would be $992.64 in 2010.

The price today of a Brother "Project Runway" sewing machine at Walmart: $135.

-- Joan Fantazia

Photo credit: Joan Fantazia. Archive source: Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens