Here’s a chance to use those fancy stitches on a grown-up garment! And try an array of fancy feet in the process. The challenges of silk dupion Stop to fraying with fancy stitches Getting even fancier with lurex shading Parallel stitching with a big clear foot Double thread stitch and twin needle sewing Stitch in…… Continue reading Silk dupion, fancy stitches and fancy feet
I have received my 1951/1952 sewing magazines, and I am completely overwhelmed by the possibilities… I am feeling like that donkey standing between two heaps of hay: he starved because he could not decide where to start eating. Poor donkey! So I am in danger of not making any use of these patterns because I can’t…… Continue reading It’s all in the details
My sewing machine has not been quite herself lately. It’s been noisy, even after oiling, and very now and again it would choke on the bobbin thread. There’d be a big noise, like a crash, but after a missed stitch, it would recover and sew nicely, just as before. What is wrong??? And then I…… Continue reading Bad bobbin!
I learned tailoring in early 1990s, and although this was close-fitting pattern construction (by M. Müller & Sohn, a.k.a. Rundschau after their journal), my teachers repeatedly said that it was no where nearly as detailed or close-fitting as, say, back in 1950s. The lines became straighter, the fit roomier, but most of all – the female figures became more…… Continue reading 487 vintage patterns – where do I begin?
After the “standard domestic” vertical oscillator from Singer 15, the drop-in bobbin horizontal hook is perhaps the next most common concept in domestic sewing machines. Originally introduced in Singer 66 around 1907 as an oscillating hook, it evolved into a rotary version in model 201 that appeared in 1935. Both hooks are found in many…… Continue reading Singer drop-in bobbin – the two horizontal hooks
Veritas was a Roman goddess of truth. She was believed to be hiding on the bottom of a holy well, as she was so elusive. The world hasn’t changed! 😉 This beauty is by Clemens Müller of Dresden, Germany, from around 1910. Established in 1855, Clemens Müller was one of the oldest, if not…… Continue reading True stitches
These machines are installed in my sewing room and are being used all the time. Each machine has its own unique set of functions which are needed in different situations, so although “all the time” does not mean 24/7, it still means that these machines are needed regularly and should be ready, willing and…… Continue reading My evolving sewing crew – 3rd edition