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
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?
I chanced upon a very well preserved 1914 Singer 127K with sphinx decals that usually rub off very quickly. So why was this machine sitting in a cupboard all these decennia instead of sewing? Because it doesn’t sew. 😦 When the shuttle approaches the needle to catch the thread, the needle is too high, so…… Continue reading Adjusting timing on a vibrating shuttle machine
Singer 127/128 models were an upgrade to Singer 27/28. Let’s see what has changed and whether it is possible to apply new features of 127 to your favourite 27. First to recap: the 27/127 models were full size (bed size 14″), while the 28/125 were 3/4 sized versions of the same thing (bed size 12″),…… Continue reading What’s new in Singer 127
It’s a 1908 Singer 27K. Found her on eBay, won for 99p… plus £15 postage… The seller wrote: “Got it out of an old garage, took it off the treadle because the wooden table was rotten, don’t want to throw it out”. I mean, what would you do? Skip to Day 1 update. Skip to…… Continue reading A new girl joins the club – restoration complete
It’s the latest thing in textiles – the nanotex, or fabrics made of extremely fine fibres, finer than microfibre, hence the “nano” bit. The fabrics themselves can have a substantial body to them, the theory being that using multi-stranded extra fine fibres is closer to nature since this is what fine wool and silk are…… Continue reading Sewing nanotex jersey, or the vibrating shuttle supremacy
Vibrating shuttle mechanism is the one with the bullet-shaped shuttle moving in an arc. There are two major types: one invented by Singer and the other by White. The Singer models are called “VS”, while the White models are not called anything special which is very confusing. In England, Jones bought the White patent and…… Continue reading Vibrating shuttle machines