My Lada T132 is badged Sewmaster and it is one of my favourite sewing machines. It’s got straight stitch, zig-zag and fancy stitches with Singer Fashion Discs – the flat variety. I’ve had it for some seven years now, and it has always been doing its job steadily and without fuss, as you would expect…… Continue reading Tuning and TLC for Lada T132
And this applies to every type of sewing machine, modern or vintage! After last week’s troubles with twisted thread, normality returned for a while when I switched to cotton. However, I soon ran out of that, and was back with this: Thread pulls. Ugh! This conundrum kept bothering me because come to think of it,…… Continue reading Thou shalt polish thy shuttle
No, your machine is not broken – the thread is at fault! I spent all day yesterday trying to find the culprit of these thread pulls. Surely, the bobbin thread is catching on something! I polished the needle plate, including inside the needle hole. I polished the shuttle, inside and out, the shuttle spring…… Continue reading Twisted thread woes
Many vintage sewing machines use old types of needles that are no longer being made. This is very annoying because it forces you to retire an otherwise fabulous machine for the stupid reason that you can’t find the needles for it! But fear not, the solution is here. You can give your dearest the gift…… Continue reading Convert your vintage machine to modern needles – for needle clamps with side insertion
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
Domestic sewing machines typically have a single tension control unit for the upper thread. This is fine for sewing with a single needle, but is often insufficient when using twin or triple needles. Have you noticed how overlockers have separate tension controls for each thread? We need the same on a sewing machine! I have…… Continue reading Thread tension for twin needles – inspiration
Because then this happens: That old machine packs quite a punch if it managed to bend the pin and to break the needle on impact. And that was size 90/14, so not that thin! Fortunately, nothing else got damaged.