I’ve never had a pin cushion with instructions before, especially not such a cute one! This beauty just arrived directly from Japan – they haven’t got them in Europe yet, although this being from Clover, they probably will. But they’ll need to translate the instructions first into all those European languages, which is a…… Continue reading A pin cushion with instructions
This is the system found in Kenmore and Frister+Rossmann machines from 1970s. It is made in Japan by Marutzen/Jaguar for forward-facing vertical oscillators, or class 15 machines (based on the mechanism of Singer model 15). It consists of a modified hook, a clip-on adapter that replaces the bobbin case, and a special needle plate,…… Continue reading Reliable chain stitch with the Jaguar adapter
And this applies to every type of sewing machine, modern or vintage! After last week’s troubles with twisted thread, normality returned for a while when I switched to cotton. However, I soon ran out of that, and was back with this: Thread pulls. Ugh! This conundrum kept bothering me because come to think of it,…… Continue reading Thou shalt polish thy shuttle
No, your machine is not broken – the thread is at fault! I spent all day yesterday trying to find the culprit of these thread pulls. Surely, the bobbin thread is catching on something! I polished the needle plate, including inside the needle hole. I polished the shuttle, inside and out, the shuttle spring…… Continue reading Twisted thread woes
Many vintage sewing machines use old types of needles that are no longer being made. This is very annoying because it forces you to retire an otherwise fabulous machine for the stupid reason that you can’t find the needles for it! But fear not, the solution is here. You can give your dearest the gift…… Continue reading Convert your vintage machine to modern needles – for needle clamps with side insertion
It was a part of a standard Singer accessories set that came with every machine, until some time in 1930s. Then it was no longer required as the fashions have changed. This is what it is for: to make braided designs. The underbraider makes it as easy as stitching along a dotted line (not necessarily…… Continue reading The underbraider
I knew it – leaving sewing machines alone with the lights off is dodgy! Meet the latest addition: late 1950s Japanese Micro Elite. A very real lockstitch sewing machine, and not at all a toy – it will sew right through your finger like the big ones. It does straight stitch with reverse, is a…… Continue reading It’s a girl!