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
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
The narrow hemmer foot is supposed to be an absolute wonder helping you to make narrow rolled hems. There is no shortage of manuals and videos demonstrating how it's done - and what marvelous results you get. And then you try it yourself, and all you get is a hot mess of fraying fabric. 😫… Continue reading A hemmer that actually works
And what is more stitch-intensive than quilting? The project I am making a quilted bag for my AEG 760 overlocker - and it's a cube! 30cm x 30cm x 30cm. I decided to quilt all panels individually and then sew them together with flat seams: the batting will always remain in single layer but the… Continue reading Those gears need work!
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
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
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