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!
It took a third overlocker to sort out the second. Not as a doner of parts, but of ideas. After my overlocker trials with AEG 760 versus New Home 743 (both Juki), I kept wondering why the AEG behaved so strangely (with correct needles, it favoured thin needles for thick fabric – quite illogical). Plus,…… Continue reading The third overlocker
Not all machines are born equal, in particular not when it comes to harp space, or the opening under the arm of the machine. Large projects like quilts, soft furnishings or coats can become very cumbersome if your machine’s harp space is too small. Just try stuffing a long imitation bear fur coat under the…… Continue reading Size matters: machine size, arm length and harp space
My trusted overlocker is a 1970s New Home Knitlock 743 made by Juki. The label says “Made in Japan for Janome”, that’s for, not by. It is extremely reliable, sews all kinds of fabrics with a minimal adjustment. However, to do a rolled hem, it requires a different needle plate and a special foot, and I…… Continue reading A tale of two overlockers
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
Because it certainly isn’t the truth. If your vintage machine has moving parts, it will need oiling. And if it doesn’t have moving parts, it is probably not a sewing machine. 🙂 “Permanent” lubrication Brand new machines don’t always need oiling in every joint for at least a few years. These types of lubrication are…… Continue reading No oiling required – myth or fiction?
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. The timing principle Timing adjustment on an oscillator…… Continue reading Adjusting timing on a side-facing “standard domestic” vertical oscillator