Carry On Sewing







PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

The old sewing machine juddered along the cloth before clunking to a catastrophic halt. Patsy sighed. “Dropped stitches everywhere. It’ll all have to be unpicked. If that maintenance guy spent as much time servicing the machines as he does Barbara in the storeroom, we might achieve something.”
Suddenly, he was beside her, curls and mischief framing his cheeky face. “Machine stopped? Let me see.” As he leant across, a heady mix of musk and oil assailed her.
“Needs a new hoojamaflip. I think there’s one in the storeroom. Care to help me find it?”
Patsy blushed, “Oh yes, Mr James.”

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here

38 thoughts on “Carry On Sewing

    • All my life my family’s been using that word it’s only when I typed it and got a red line underneath it I realised my parents had been dropping their aitches all this time, we thought it was oojamaflip. Thanks for your comment.

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    • Thanks Mike, pleased you got the reference. It didn’t start of as a homage but when I realised how it had turned out I gave them all names of three of the most prominent actors in the films.


  1. Dear Michael,

    I guess Patsy doesn’t mind Mr. James coming on when the hoojamaflip is on the other machine. 😉 Cute story. I enjoyed it. Judder is a great word that we don’t use much in the States. However I’ve borrowed it for a couple of places in my novels. I hope you don’t mind. 😉



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  2. Wow I’m honoured, use away. I often use FF to experiment with words and phrases. I once wrote what I thought was a killer sentence. All the comments came back about all the phrases round about it, but no mention of that one, which in itself was useful and told me it wasn’t all that great after all.
    Thanks for your lovely comment. The Carry On films were full of saucy suggestion and innuendo with Sid James the most unlikely of Lotharios, but when the story started going that way, I just went with it. 🙂


    • Thanks, I think it was envy rather than moral indignation that she felt.Ref Hoojamaflip, it’s funny what you learn after so long. Thanks for your comment, much appreciated

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