Comparisons and overviews · Jersey · Take-up lever drive · Tension adjustment

Flexible stitch: stitch length and other adjustments

It is summer again and I am sewing a lot of fine jersey. If you look through my blog, you'll notice that I am rather obsessed with flexible seams - seams that stretch with the jersey instead of ripping under strain. I found that different machines, different mechanism types have varied success at this task,… Continue reading Flexible stitch: stitch length and other adjustments

Bobbin winder · Jones · Motors · Transverse shuttle

Jones transverse shuttle machine

As I reported before, I got myself a Jones Family TS machine dating to 1883. Yes, I know I first said it was from 1882 based on the serial number 26569 according to sewingdownmemorylane.com. However, fiddlebase.com found a document allowing to date the machine based on the Jones logo engraved on the slide plate. According… Continue reading Jones transverse shuttle machine

Breaks in cast iron · Jones · Transverse shuttle · Varley

The transverse shuttle bug

Never mind the coronavirus - this is much more serious! Being stuck in lockdown causes serious spending. The Cyclops How can anyone resist a cyclops? Impossible! This is a late 1880s Varley & Co. transverse shuttle machine known as "The Cyclops" - their trade mark. It is based on Singer 12 but has double-sided feed… Continue reading The transverse shuttle bug

Fancy stitch problems · Fancy stitches · Pfaff

Pfaff 230 not stitching patterns

Help! She's doing straight stitch and zig-zag like a good girl but is not doing any patterns! 😥 This is the Pfaff pattern disk showing you all the patterns that your Pfaff 230 Automatic can sew fully automatically. You pick a stitch of interest, set up the knobs as shown, set knob E to the… Continue reading Pfaff 230 not stitching patterns

Adjusting timing · Fancy stitches · Feed dog height adjustment · Feet · Pfaff · Tension adjustment · Vertical rotary hook

Pfaff 230 Automatic

This is one of the great classics from 1955: Pfaff 230 Automatic, not to be confused with Pfaff 230 that didn't have any fancy stitches. This machine has signature Pfaff forward-facing vertical rotary hook with internal belt transmission. Zig-zag is done with a swing needle mechanism and all the fancy stuff is in the arm.… Continue reading Pfaff 230 Automatic