Do you like shoes that pinch your toes? Probably not, but you wear them anyway because they are from Prada. 😉 It’s the same with “standard” sewing machine feet – they are not all that standard, and some don’t fit, but you want to use them anyway because they are oh so handy otherwise… Look…… Continue reading “Standard” low shank feet – the plot thickens
The difference is similar to that between a house cat and a Siberian tiger: both are felines and both purr, but one will have you for lunch. Here is a great blog post comparing the two and demystifying advertising terms like semi-industrial often seen on eBay. It's a great post; however, I would like to… Continue reading Sewing machines: domestic versus industrial
Short answer: I cannot afford new machines of quality that I require, and I cannot afford to waste money on machines within my budget. The quality requirement This is first of all solid mechanical construction with all hardened steel parts. Cast alluminium may also be used on parts that are not load bearing, such as…… Continue reading Why I don’t keep post-1975 machines
I knew it – leaving sewing machines alone with the lights off is dodgy! Meet the latest addition: late 1950s Japanese Micro Elite. A very real lockstitch sewing machine, and not at all a toy – it will sew right through your finger like the big ones. It does straight stitch with reverse, is a…… Continue reading It’s a girl!
Not all machines are born equal, in particular not when it comes to harp space, or the opening under the arm of the machine. Large projects like quilts, soft furnishings or coats can become very cumbersome if your machine’s harp space is too small. Just try stuffing a long imitation bear fur coat under the…… Continue reading Size matters: machine size, arm length and harp space
Conversion to modern needles done, single and twin, and she stitches! For details see the updated post.
Skip to the updates: A project begins Vesta is here! Conversion to modern needles, single and twin The offset foot A project begins Cover stitch is an extension of two-thread chain stitch where the top thread lies flat like in a lockstitch, but the bottom thread is looped around it with a special looper akin…… Continue reading Transverse shuttle cover stitch – modern needles, single and twin