Hengstenberg · Shuttle · Whittler transverse vibrating shuttle

Correction on the Hengstenberg/Anker shuttle

In today's post I originally wrote that the shuttle of my Hengstenberg/Anker machine worked in the opposite way to all other shuttles that I know - that loosening the tension screw increases thread tension instead of decreasing it. The screw in my shuttle is permanently jammed all the way in, and this conclusion was based… Continue reading Correction on the Hengstenberg/Anker shuttle

Bobbins · Hengstenberg · Needles · Shuttle · Whittler transverse vibrating shuttle

Hengstenberg/Anker finally working!

It took a long time but my little Hengstenberg/Anker is finally working! The motor This was in February 2018 - over two years ago. I had cleaned her up and got her sewing with the original 12x1 needle, and attempted to fit a motor. The difficulty here was that not only does the Saxonia balance… Continue reading Hengstenberg/Anker finally working!

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