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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

Adjusting timing · Vertical oscillating hook

Adjusting timing on a side-facing “standard domestic” vertical oscillator

The vertical oscillating hook design was introduced by Singer in model 15 back in 1895. It is now know as the "standard domestic", first appearing as side-facing and later as forward-facing. This post is about the older side-facing variant, for the forward-facing one see a separate post. Are you sure? Timing adjustment is a method… Continue reading Adjusting timing on a side-facing “standard domestic” vertical oscillator

Adjusting timing · Vibrating shuttle

Adjusting timing on a vibrating shuttle machine

I chanced upon a very well preserved 1914 Singer 127K with sphinx decals that usually rub off very quickly. So why was this machine sitting in a cupboard all these decennia instead of sewing? Because it doesn't sew. 😦 When the shuttle approaches the needle to catch the thread, the needle is too high, so… Continue reading Adjusting timing on a vibrating shuttle machine

Adjusting timing · Vertical oscillating hook

Adjusting timing on a “standard domestic” oscillating hook machine

The oscillating hook design was created by Singer in 1879 and finalised in 1895 as the Singer 15 model. It has been reproduced by oh so many, and is now known as the "standard domestic" type, with class 15 bobbins and 15x1 needles also termed "standard domestic". Originally side-facing, it is now usually front-facing which… Continue reading Adjusting timing on a “standard domestic” oscillating hook machine

Adjusting timing · Fitting a timing belt · Vertical rotary hook

Timing and motor belts for a Lada T132

​ Last updated on 3 November 2018. Quite a few of us have a Lada T132 sewing machine also known under many badge names such as Cresta, Minerva, Sewmaster, etc. It is a very nice rotary free arm machine from late 1950s and 1960s. All steel parts except two belts: a timing belt connecting the… Continue reading Timing and motor belts for a Lada T132