Crew · Jersey · Juki · Overlock

A tale of two overlockers

My trusted overlocker is a 1970s New Home Knitlock 743 made by Juki. The label says "Made in Japan for Janome", that's for, not by. It is extremely reliable, sews all kinds of fabrics with a minimal adjustment. However, to do a rolled hem, it requires a different needle plate and a special foot, and I… Continue reading A tale of two overlockers

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Crew · Janome · Vertical oscillating hook

Blue: a tale of the return

I should really know better. Don't get rid of your trusted machine at the first sign of an apparently superior model. Blue is a 1969 New Home 580 by Janome, the blue version (they also made them in beige in 1970s and even without that striped bit, as the fashion changed). ​ This was one… Continue reading Blue: a tale of the return

Crew · Sewing machines

My evolving sewing crew – 2nd edition

​ These machines are installed in my sewing room and are being used all the time. Each machine has its own unique set of functions which are needed in different situations, so although "all the time" does not mean 24/7, it still means that these machines are needed regularly and should be ready, willing and… Continue reading My evolving sewing crew – 2nd edition

Crew · Lada · Vertical rotary hook

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

Crew · Haid & Neu · Vertical oscillating hook

The mysterious Harris Automatic is really Haid & Neu Primatic class LP

I've been looking at this machine on eBay for a month - something about it intrigued me. But no, I don't need another one of those, I kept telling myself, I already have a brilliant zig-zag with fancy stitching cams... I don't want another fixer-upper, I would rather be sewing... I already got black machines...… Continue reading The mysterious Harris Automatic is really Haid & Neu Primatic class LP