Feet · Sewing machines

“Standard” low shank feet – the plot thickens

Do you like shoes that pinch your toes? Probably not, but you wear them anyway because they are from Prada. 😉 It’s the same with “standard” sewing machine feet – they are not all that standard, and some don’t fit, but you want to use them anyway because they are oh so handy otherwise… Look…… Continue reading “Standard” low shank feet – the plot thickens

Clothes · Feet · Sewing technique

A perfect buttonhole with manual control

There are many contraptions out there that help you make lovely buttonholes automatically. Many machines also have beautiful buttonholes programmed into them. And yet sometimes a manual buttonhole is called for, either because your machine hasn’t got one programmed, or you don’t like it for some reason, or you can’t use the special foot on…… Continue reading A perfect buttonhole with manual control

Bobbins · Cleaning · Skipped stitches

Thou shalt polish thy shuttle

And this applies to every type of sewing machine, modern or vintage! After last week’s troubles with twisted thread, normality returned for a while when I switched to cotton. However, I soon ran out of that, and was back with this: ​Thread pulls. Ugh! This conundrum kept bothering me because come to think of it,…… Continue reading Thou shalt polish thy shuttle

Changing needle type · Needles

Convert your vintage machine to modern needles – for needle clamps with side insertion

Many vintage sewing machines use old types of needles that are no longer being made. This is very annoying because it forces you to retire an otherwise fabulous machine for the stupid reason that you can’t find the needles for it! But fear not, the solution is here. You can give your dearest the gift…… Continue reading Convert your vintage machine to modern needles – for needle clamps with side insertion

Clothes · Feet · Jersey · Sewing technique

The gathering foot, the ruffler and differential feed

Differential feed is when the upper and lower layers of the material are fed at different speeds, or as in overlockers when the front and rear of the feed dogs are moving at different speeds. The result is that the sewing gets stretched or gathered, either all of it or just one layer relative to…… Continue reading The gathering foot, the ruffler and differential feed