Low tension on the bobbin thread is required in many situtations, in particular for zig-zag, buttonholes and embroidery, or also for straight stitch to make a flexible stitch that stretches with fabric (think knits and jersey!). Each machine has its own limit to how low the bobbin thread tension can go before the stitches get… Continue reading The lowest bobbin tension
Following up on Dan's comments, I've updated the post with another bed-mounted hemmer that works - see the extra bit in the original post.
The narrow hemmer foot is supposed to be an absolute wonder helping you to make narrow rolled hems. There is no shortage of manuals and videos demonstrating how it's done - and what marvelous results you get. And then you try it yourself, and all you get is a hot mess of fraying fabric. 😫… Continue reading A hemmer that actually works
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
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!
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
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