In 1970s, Japanese machines by Jaguar (Marutzen) were branded Sears Kenmore series 158 in America and Frister & Rossmann in Europe. They all have the same general architecture but vary in looks and features from model to model. The model and serial number are often hidden from direct view, but there is always a plaque… Continue reading The Jaguar
This is the system found in Kenmore and Frister+Rossmann machines from 1970s. It is made in Japan by Marutzen/Jaguar for forward-facing vertical oscillators, or class 15 machines (based on the mechanism of Singer model 15). It consists of a modified hook, a clip-on adapter that replaces the bobbin case, and a special needle plate,… Continue reading Reliable chain stitch with the Jaguar adapter
Snap... snap-snap-snap! There go your stitches if you've sewn your jersey top with a regular straight stitch on your sewing machine. 😦 Surely, there must be a better way! Yes, there are in fact several. In this post I'm investigating which stitches stretch with the jersey and which don't, using regular sewing thread, not lycra… Continue reading Stitches that stretch with your jersey
I have new inventions to report! Wow, I'm so excited!! Well, to be fair, they are not brand new inventions of mine, but rather adaptations of my existing sewing machines to do new things. Still exciting though! Skip to Chain stitch on a vertical oscillator Skip to New double needle double step stitch The chain… Continue reading New inventions!
I got myself another mystery sewing machine. It's a Zephyr, supplied by Universal from Birmingham. That's supplied, not made. Going by the motor they put on it, it's from early 1950s. It is based on Singer 15, but it has many modifications compared to Singer. I believe it is European, made by one of… Continue reading Mysterious Zephyr
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