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On darts, hems, ruffles and lace

Singer sewing books are among the best out there, we know that. So when Singer brought out zig-zag machines, they were keen to show what this exciting new piece of kit could do for you. So they included 55 pages of sewing technique into the manual for model 319! Start reading on page 56.

I found two versions: 319K on ISMACS and a slightly later 319 on Singer website. The ISMACS version is a scan in grey tones, so the photos come out well but the text and diagrams a less crisp. The Singer version has a few extra pages and is a high contrast scan, so text and diagrams are really crisp but photos are too dark. I printed the ISMACS version on A4 paper, so pages are enlarged, and it came out very well – haven’t tried printing the other version though. I printed it because it’s such a good sewing book that I want to keep it at hand for frequent reference!

5 thoughts on “On darts, hems, ruffles and lace

  1. Elena,
    Thanks for the link. I always think these sewing guides are advertising for extra cost accessories, but this isn’t too bad in that respect. Lots of stuff in there I hadn’t come across. I like the idea of overcasting open seams by using the slot in the zigzag foot.
    I’m not sure my skills are up to shadow monograms!


    1. Actually, all those special feet and attachments described in the older manuals were delivered as standard with the machine. So it was only logical to tell the owner what they were for. No need to buy anything. All the cams and attachments described in the 319K manual were also included as standard, except perhaps the needle threader on page 110. But it’s on page 110! 🙂

      As for shadow monogram skills – they can be developed! 😀


  2. Gee what a really nice topic to post about. I am really looking forward to seeing what that particular manual has in store. Thank you so much for providing this resource!

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    1. It is a very useful booklet! I’ve been just hemming a particularly stubborn fine, slippery, dense and uncooperative jersey lining using the shell hem technique with stitched zig-zag on page 78. Piece of cake! 😀


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