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 · 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 £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

Chain stitch hooks · Crew · Jersey · Needle plates · Overlock · Vertical oscillating hook

Sewing jersey with chain stitch

Single thread chain stitch is the original knitted stitch, so it’s perfect for sewing knitwear and jersey. In the world of knitting machines, chain stitchers are known as linkers. Skip to Essex chain stitchers Skip to Chain stitch on lockstitch machines Skip to Sewing examples Drooling alert Back in the world of sewing machines, there…… Continue reading Sewing jersey with chain stitch

Crew · Sewing machines

My Little Tank – the T132 rotary free arm

I call it “My little tank” as a reference to Lt. Grüber’s armoured car from “Allo! Allo!”. Besides, it’s grey. 🙂 This is a remarkable little sewing machine made by Lada* (est. 1919) in the Czech Republic around 1965. *Nothing to do with Russian cars of the same name. Lada was an old Goddess of Beauty,…… Continue reading My Little Tank – the T132 rotary free arm