Chain stitch hooks · Clothes · Jersey · Overlock · Vertical oscillating hook · Vibrating shuttle

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

Adjusting timing · Vibrating shuttle

Adjusting timing on a vibrating shuttle machine

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

Cleaning · Crew · Vibrating shuttle

A new girl joins the club – restoration complete

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

Clothes · Feet · Jersey · Nanotex · Vibrating shuttle

Sewing nanotex jersey, or the vibrating shuttle supremacy

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