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

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

Adjusting timing · Maintenance · Vertical oscillating hook

Adjusting timing on a “standard domestic” oscillating hook machine

The oscillating hook design was created by Singer in 1879 and finalised in 1895 as the Singer 15 model. It has been reproduced by oh so many, and is now known as the “standard domestic” type, with class 15 bobbins and 15×1 needles also termed “standard domestic”. Originally side-facing, it is now usually front-facing which…… Continue reading Adjusting timing on a “standard domestic” oscillating hook machine

Adjusting timing · Fitting a timing belt · Maintenance · Rotary

Timing and motor belts for a T132

​ Quite a few of us have a T132 sewing machine known under many names such as Lada, Cresta, Minerva, Sewmaster, etc. It is a very nice rotary free arm machine from late 1950s and 1960s. All steel parts except two belts: a timing belt connecting the upper and lower mechanism, and the motor belt. …… Continue reading Timing and motor belts for a T132