Vintage patterns

A dress from 1941

This is a dress from the May 1941 issue of Beyers Mode für Alle magazine - Germany. I don't have the actual magazine, just the pattern sheet. I bought one issue of this magazine and it came "complete with all the pattern sheets" - oh joy, they are so rare. But it turned out to… Continue reading A dress from 1941

Clemens Müller · Crew · Hengstenberg · Jones · Singer · Stoewer · Transverse shuttle · Vibrating shuttle · Whittler

My secret weapon

I have four long bobbin machines, five if you count the little one too. Three are vibrating shuttle machines, one is a cylindrical transverse shuttle - all four "medium" tailors' machines. The fifth one is a Wittler hybrid - a transverse vibrating shuttle. These five machines between them not only can sew any fabric under… Continue reading My secret weapon

Backbenchers · Jones · Singer · Vertical rotary hook

The D9 and its incarnations

Wheeler & Wilson' D9 was a very successful rotary machine - and was reproduced and modified by many manufacturers. Wheeler & Wilson themselves produced many versions of this machine and kept improving various aspects of it as time went on. In 1905 Singer took over Wheeler & Wilson and in turn produced some D9-based machines… Continue reading The D9 and its incarnations

Cleaning · Horizontal oscillating hook · Sewing machines · Singer

Singer 66K – another homecoming

I've already had one of these - a Singer 66K with Lotus decals (although I think they are thistles really). But I sold it in a misguided attempt to reduce the number of machines in my sewing corner. Have been missing it ever since, so had to get a replacement. 🙂 But I promise to… Continue reading Singer 66K – another homecoming

Mechanism · Sewing machines

It’s all in the head

The ability to form stitches is pretty essential to any sewing machine. 🙂 And most machines fare just fine with "easy" fabrics like cotton poplin, but sewing satin, chiffon or organza is a different matter entirely. The ability to sew slippery fabric depends on the feed mechanism, needle movement and needle point type. Problems arise… Continue reading It’s all in the head