Why would you take a pretty and fully functioning old sewing machine, damage its case and remove its shuttle? Greed. You’d hope to sell the shuttle and bobbins separately from the machine, expecting to double your profits. Triple even, if you sell the bobbins separately from the shuttle. Then you’ll sell the machine with its…… Continue reading Some people…
When it comes to dogs, bigger is definitely better. More umph. Better bite and firmer grip. Wider moul. Comes with bigger feet. I am talking about sewing machine feed dogs. 🙂 The photo above shows three interchangeable feed dogs for vibrating shuttle machines – they all have the same mount but rather different teeth.…… Continue reading Woof!
I can turn my head and look over my shoulder. I couldn’t do it for fifteen years. This is the second round of miracles after I started wearing a corset almost two years ago. The first round was right at the start: the pain vanished. Like many of us, I’ve been living my life sitting…… Continue reading The second round of miracles
Plenty of old sewing machines could still be working were it not for the lack of needles – the types that are no longer made. There are several ways to solve the problem, from hunting for the few remaining old needles to modifying modern needles or modifying the machine to take a modern needle type.…… Continue reading Selecting substitute needles
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It happened again – I rescued another poor soul. Start here First impressions 189? The ships The head The feed The mechanism compared to Singer 12 The first transformation 2 February 2018 Despite the looks, it is a rather special old dear: a Hengstenberg/Anker transverse vibrating shuttle known as the Wittler mechanism (no, I’ve never…… Continue reading The Hengstenberg/Anker Wittler – a transverse vibrating shuttle
Sewing machines based on the Singer 15 design are often referred to as “standard domestic”, in particular their bobbins and needles. They were first introduced in 1895 with Singer model 15 and so are also known as “class 15”, remaining unchanged to this day. Well, almost. 🙂 The bobbins remain indeed unchanged but the bobbin…… Continue reading The not so standard “standard domestic” bobbin case of Singer 15