Bobbins · Jones · Needles · Sewing machines · Vertical rotary hook · Vibrating shuttle

Jones needles and bobbins for CS and Spool

Jones was one of the oldest British sewing machine manufacturers, established in 1859 in Greater Manchester. Jones produced a number of classes of sewing machines, but I have only worked with cylinder shuttle (CS) and rotary (Spool), so this post focuses on them. Jones CS is a vibrating shuttle machine after a White design, named… Continue reading Jones needles and bobbins for CS and Spool

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Needle plates · Vibrating shuttle

Woof!

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. πŸ™‚ 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!

Bobbins · Sewing machines

The not so standard “standard domestic” bobbin case of Singer 15

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. πŸ™‚ The bobbins remain indeed unchanged but the bobbin… Continue reading The not so standard “standard domestic” bobbin case of Singer 15

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. πŸ˜‰ 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