Mason · Needle bar drive

Inside Defender’s head

I've been cleaning up my latest acquisition - A.G. Mason's Defender, a vibrating shuttle machine very similar to White. These machines have a removable head that contains all the fixtures - the presser and needle bars with their drives, and the tension assembly. I was unfamiliar with this design and was having trouble because the… Continue reading Inside Defender’s head

Bobbin winder · Changing needle type · Needle bar drive · Transverse shuttle · Vesta

The little Vesta Saxonia

I found her sitting by a street bin, abandoned. This is Vesta Saxonia TS, serial number 1477490, made in 1924, according to fiddlebase.com. Complete and working. This is a small model - what they call "half size". It has the typical geared Saxonia balance wheel with integrated handle - this is a hand-crank and the… Continue reading The little Vesta Saxonia