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 · Horizontal oscillating hook · Sewing machines · Singer

Singer 66K – another homecoming

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. πŸ™‚ But I promise to…… Continue reading Singer 66K – another homecoming


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