Bobbins · Cleaning · Skipped stitches

Thou shalt polish thy shuttle

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

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. πŸ™‚ “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?

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

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 Β£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