Adjusting timing · Fancy stitches · Feed dog height adjustment · Feet · Pfaff · Tension adjustment · Vertical rotary hook

Pfaff 230 Automatic

This is one of the great classics from 1955: Pfaff 230 Automatic, not to be confused with Pfaff 230 that didn't have any fancy stitches. This machine has signature Pfaff forward-facing vertical rotary hook with internal belt transmission. Zig-zag is done with a swing needle mechanism and all the fancy stuff is in the arm.… Continue reading Pfaff 230 Automatic

Embroidery · Feet · Singer

Hopping with a back-clamping Singer 66K

My Singer 66K has back-clamping foot fitting and I don't want to convert it to low shank. 🧐 Whaaaat? Why? Ah, that is a topic for another post. 🤬 Yeah, I heard you. 🤭 This 1906 Singer 66K was made within the first half a year of production of this model in Scotland, and it… Continue reading Hopping with a back-clamping Singer 66K

Feet

“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

Buttonholes · Feet · Zig-zag stitch

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

Feet · Jersey · Ruffles

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