I got myself another mystery sewing machine. It’s a Zephyr, supplied by Universal from Birmingham. That’s supplied, not made. Going by the motor they put on it, it’s from early 1950s. It is based on Singer 15, but it has many modifications compared to Singer. I believe it is European, made by one of…… Continue reading Mysterious Zephyr
Because it certainly isn’t the truth. If your vintage machine has moving parts, it will need oiling. And if it doesn’t have moving parts, it is probably not a sewing machine. 🙂 “Permanent” lubrication Brand new machines don’t always need oiling in every joint for at least a few years. These types of lubrication are…… Continue reading No oiling required – myth or fiction?
The vertical oscillating hook design was introduced by Singer in model 15 back in 1895. It is now know as the “standard domestic”, first appearing as side-facing and later as forward-facing. This post is about the older side-facing variant, for the forward-facing one see a separate post. The timing principle Timing adjustment on an oscillator…… Continue reading Adjusting timing on a side-facing “standard domestic” vertical oscillator
I should really know better. Don’t get rid of your trusted machine at the first sign of an apparently superior model. Blue is a 1969 New Home 580 by Janome, the blue version (they also made them in beige in 1970s and even without that striped bit, as the fashion changed). This was one…… Continue reading Blue: a tale of the return
It is very easy to switch between a treadle, a motor and a hand-crank provided you’ve got the right stuff. So how do you determine whether that lovely hand-crank you’ve seen, would fit your machine? We’re just going to look at using hand-cranks as is, without modifications to the hand-cranks or to the machine. If…… Continue reading Measuring up for a hand-crank
Not all machines are born equal, in particular not when it comes to harp space, or the opening under the arm of the machine. I keep updating this post with new measurements for more and more machines. Send me yours and I’ll add them to the list! 🙂 Large projects like quilts, soft furnishings or…… Continue reading Size matters: machine size, arm length and harp space
One yard is not enough to make a long sleeved top that comfortably tucks into low rise trousers. But I was not going to give her the satisfaction of saying “I told you so!”. It was early Autumn of 2001 and I was on holiday in San Francisco. And as you do on holidays, I…… Continue reading One yard is not enough!