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 However, 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


Power of a motor

The power of your sewing machine motor is typically printed on the label. On old motors you often see 40W or 50W, on modern ones it's 90W or 110W. Have they doubled in power? No, this is the weird case where 90 is smaller than 50... This is a label from a domestic sewing motor… Continue reading Power of a motor

Favta · Motors · Vertical oscillating hook · Zig-zag timing

Favta Automatic, or was it all worth it?

This is a lovely little machine that is only slightly larger than the Featherweight, but it doesn't just do straight stitch but also zig-zag and fancy stitches with cams, it's got a good free arm and a large working table. Fantastic! This was a really expensive little thing too - I found a receipt in… Continue reading Favta Automatic, or was it all worth it?

Janome · Motors

Wiring Janome 3 and 4 flat pin connectors

Older Janome machines have a flat rectangular motor connector with three or four flat pins. The connector box is the same for both, but the 3-pin version simply lacks one of the pins. The lacking pin is earth - second from right on the motor socket. It is only required for motors and pedals with… Continue reading Wiring Janome 3 and 4 flat pin connectors