All zig-zag machines that I've got, are round bobbin. I know of one transverse shuttle zig-zag machine: it is by Seidel & Neumann, see http://www.naehmaschine-antik.de. Round bobbin hooks can be classified like this: rotary versus oscillating, vertical versus horizontal, side-facing versus front-facing. Rotary and oscillating hooks have very similar performance characteristics when the other two… Continue reading Zig-zag hooks and their strengths and weaknesses
A lot of people are intimidated by the necessity to adjust thread tension on their sewing machine. Yet, as every sewing machine manual tells you, both bobbin and upper tension need to be checked and adjusted for every project, sometimes several times during the project, because these settings depend on many factors, such as the… Continue reading Tension adjustment for the unafraid
Low tension on the bobbin thread is required in many situtations, in particular for zig-zag, buttonholes and embroidery, or also for straight stitch to make a flexible stitch that stretches with fabric (think knits and jersey!). Each machine has its own limit to how low the bobbin thread tension can go before the stitches get… Continue reading The lowest bobbin tension
I've already had one of these - a Singer 66K with Lotus decals (although I think they are thistles really). But I sold it in a misguided attempt to reduce the number of machines in my sewing corner. Have been missing it ever since, so had to get a replacement. 🙂 But I promise to… Continue reading Singer 66K – another homecoming
This is a lovely little machine that is only slightly larger than the Featherweight, but it doesn't just do straight stitch but also zig-zag and fancy stitches with cams, it's got a good free arm and a large working table. Fantastic! This was a really expensive little thing too - I found a receipt in… Continue reading Favta Automatic, or was it all worth it?
"Always buy quality" is an excellent rule, if you have the money for it. But sometimes you just have to make do with what you can afford, and buy a cheap overlocker instead of a durable one. Dan just shared his experience with an inexpensive overlocker Brother 1034D which he bought second hand - in… Continue reading Live long and prosper, Overlocker
Necchi Supernova machines have an electrical block regulating the current to the motor and the lamp. Necchi Supernova Julia has a somewhat different block, see Dan's post. Here is the underbelly of a 1955 Necchi Supernova flat bed with the electrical block at its right end. This is the European version of the "First Edition", i.e.… Continue reading Wiring Necchi Supernova