My main and most used machine is a 1930 Adler 87. It uses proprietary bobbins and old style needles, both impossible to find today, but it sews so well that it's worth while for me to address these issues. I still have a lot of needles for it (70+), so there is no pressing urgency… Continue reading Bobbins for Adler 87 – 3D printed
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!
Many old machines were built to use needles of type 12x1 or 13x1, but today these needles are no longer being made. Many people found various modern needle types that worked with their vintage machines, there is really no universal answer. I looked at selecting substitute needles in this post. Today I'd like to compare… Continue reading Common substitute needles for 12×1
In many situations you have to make a plain opening by just making a cut in the fabric. Think for example of openings at the bottom of a sleeve or at the front of a neckline. If you are making a thin blouse, you don't necessarily want a placket there. How do you finish an… Continue reading A neat plain opening
This isn't an ordinary left-sided foot. This is a zig-zag left-sided foot. I found it in a job lot of bits and bobs from "a treadle sewing machine" - like this is a make or something! So I have no idea who made it. Here it is next to a regular left-sided foot: This is… Continue reading The most amazing foot
Most transverse shuttle machines take 12x1 or 13x1 needles which were standard at the time but are unfortunately no longer made. Many people have searched for a modern substitute, and many solutions were found, yet every time I had such a machine in my sewing room, nothing would fit. The reason for it is that… Continue reading Needles for Wertheim TS