No, it isn't top quality - that's no secret. 😁 Singer domestic sewing machine needles of type 15x1 (a.k.a. HAx1 or 130/705H) are actually different from needles of the same type made by other manufacturers, both needles of top quality and needles of "great value". Here they are - a Singer needle and a different… Continue reading The secret of Singer needles
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
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
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
Because then this happens: That old machine packs quite a punch if it managed to bend the pin and to break the needle on impact. And that was size 90/14, so not that thin! Fortunately, nothing else got damaged.
It's one of the most common problems in sewing: skipped stitches. But it can have many different causes and so may require different remedies. So let's take a closer look! Needle and thread Special needles Thread tension The right needle plate The right foot The right foot pressure Mechanical issues Needle and thread Of course… Continue reading Skipped stitches and their remedies