Snap… snap-snap-snap! There go your stitches if you’ve sewn your jersey top with a regular straight stitch on your sewing machine. 😦 Surely, there must be a better way! Yes, there are in fact several. In this post I’m investigating which stitches stretch with the jersey and which don’t, using regular sewing thread, not lycra…… Continue reading Stitches that stretch with your jersey
I have new inventions to report! Wow, I’m so excited!! Well, to be fair, they are not brand new inventions of mine, but rather adaptations of my existing sewing machines to do new things. Still exciting though! Skip to Chain stitch on a vertical oscillator Skip to New double needle double step stitch The chain…… Continue reading New inventions!
I got myself another mystery sewing machine. It’s a Zephyr, supplied by Universal from Birmingham. That’s supplied, not made. Going by the motor they put on it, it’s from early 1950s. It is based on Singer 15, but it has many modifications compared to Singer. I believe it is European, made by one of…… Continue reading Mysterious Zephyr
The vertical oscillating hook design was introduced by Singer in model 15 back in 1895. It is now know as the “standard domestic”, first appearing as side-facing and later as forward-facing. This post is about the older side-facing variant, for the forward-facing one see a separate post. The timing principle Timing adjustment on an oscillator…… Continue reading Adjusting timing on a side-facing “standard domestic” vertical oscillator
I should really know better. Don’t get rid of your trusted machine at the first sign of an apparently superior model. Blue is a 1969 New Home 580 by Janome, the blue version (they also made them in beige in 1970s and even without that striped bit, as the fashion changed). This was one…… Continue reading Blue: a tale of the return
How do you know when it’s time to oil your sewing machine? When they tell you to, of course! If you listen to the sound your machine makes, you will soon be able to catch the extra noise, the unusual clang, whistle or whine, every type of mechanism speaks with a dufferent voice, and complains…… Continue reading You rang?
The noise during sewing usually comes from the hook. The “standard domestic” vertical oscillating hook is the most commonly used hook of them all, it was introduced in the late 19th century in Singer model 15. The hook is pushed about in its race by the driver that usually has a spring on it. …… Continue reading Noisy vertical oscillating hook – blame the driver spring