Necchi · Quilting · Singer

Those gears need work!

And what is more stitch-intensive than quilting? The project I am making a quilted bag for my AEG 760 overlocker - and it's a cube! 30cm x 30cm x 30cm. I decided to quilt all panels individually and then sew them together with flat seams: the batting will always remain in single layer but the… Continue reading Those gears need work!

Backbenchers · Jones · Singer · Vertical rotary hook

The D9 and its incarnations

Wheeler & Wilson' D9 was a very successful rotary machine - and was reproduced and modified by many manufacturers. Wheeler & Wilson themselves produced many versions of this machine and kept improving various aspects of it as time went on. In 1905 Singer took over Wheeler & Wilson and in turn produced some D9-based machines… Continue reading The D9 and its incarnations

Cleaning · Horizontal oscillating hook · Sewing machines · Singer

Singer 66K – another homecoming

I've already had one of these - a Singer 66K with Lotus decals (although I think they are thistles really). But I sold it in a misguided attempt to reduce the number of machines in my sewing corner. Have been missing it ever since, so had to get a replacement. 🙂 But I promise to… Continue reading Singer 66K – another homecoming

Mechanism · Sewing machines

It’s all in the head

The ability to form stitches is pretty essential to any sewing machine. 🙂 And most machines fare just fine with "easy" fabrics like cotton poplin, but sewing satin, chiffon or organza is a different matter entirely. The ability to sew slippery fabric depends on the feed mechanism, needle movement and needle point type. Problems arise… Continue reading It’s all in the head

Sewing technique

The battle of the Titans: zig-zag versus overlock

Oh! Let's open this Pandora's box... For two thirds of my sewing life I didn't have an overlocker - couldn't afford one, and was getting on just fine without it. Then I chanced upon a good deal, bought one and could not understand how on Earth I could live without one all those years... The… Continue reading The battle of the Titans: zig-zag versus overlock