Cleaning

No oiling required – myth or fiction?

Because it certainly isn’t the truth. If your vintage machine has moving parts, it will need oiling. And if it doesn’t have moving parts, it is probably not a sewing machine. 🙂 “Permanent” lubrication Brand new machines don’t always need oiling in every joint for at least a few years. These types of lubrication are…… Continue reading No oiling required – myth or fiction?

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

Cleaning · Crew

Oil and varnish are a girl’s best friends

Especially if that girl is a vintage sewing machine. It’s only been about a year since I started using the older sewing machines, i.e., the ones of at least 100 years old. Before that, it was new machines at first (new in the early 1990s) followed by progressively going back in time until I found…… Continue reading Oil and varnish are a girl’s best friends

Cleaning · Vertical oscillating hook

Noisy vertical oscillating hook – blame the driver spring

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

Breaking needles · Vertical oscillating hook

Breaking needles, or how to kill a sewing machine – and then resurrect it

Yesterday was a bad day – I killed my sewing machine. 😦 Today I attempted resuscitation and failed. Ouch! I will try again, of course, but for now Dragonfly is out of business. Skip to resurrection. ​ It happened while I was doing free hand embroidery with a hopping foot as I described in the…… Continue reading Breaking needles, or how to kill a sewing machine – and then resurrect it