Fancy Stitches · Jaguar · Sewing machines · Vertical oscillating hook

The Jaguar

In 1970s, Japanese machines by Jaguar (Marutzen) were branded Sears Kenmore series 158 in America and Frister & Rossmann in Europe. They all have the same general architecture but vary in looks and features from model to model.​​​​​ The model and serial number are often hidden from direct view, but there is always a plaque…… Continue reading The Jaguar

Chain stitch hooks · Jersey · Nanotex · Vertical oscillating hook

Reliable chain stitch with the Jaguar adapter

This is the system found in Kenmore and Frister+Rossmann machines from 1970s. It is made in Japan by Marutzen/Jaguar for forward-facing vertical oscillators, or class 15 machines (based on the mechanism of Singer model 15). ​ It consists of a modified hook, a clip-on adapter that replaces the bobbin case, and a special needle plate,…… Continue reading Reliable chain stitch with the Jaguar adapter

Vertical oscillating hook · Vibrating shuttle · Chain stitch hooks · Jersey · Overlock · Sewing technique

Stitches that stretch with your jersey

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

Chain stitch hooks · Jersey · Needle plates · Sewing machines · Vertical oscillating hook

New inventions!

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!

Adjusting timing · Vertical oscillating hook

Adjusting timing on a side-facing “standard domestic” vertical oscillator

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