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
I should really know better. Don’t get rid of your trusted machine at the first sign of an apparently superior model. Blue is a 1969 New Home 580 by Janome, the blue version (they also made them in beige in 1970s and even without that striped bit, as the fashion changed). This was one…… Continue reading Blue: a tale of the return
It is very easy to switch between a treadle, a motor and a hand-crank provided you’ve got the right stuff. So how do you determine whether that lovely hand-crank you’ve seen, would fit your machine? We’re just going to look at using hand-cranks as is, without modifications to the hand-cranks or to the machine. If…… Continue reading Measuring up for a hand-crank
One yard is not enough to make a long sleeved top that comfortably tucks into low rise trousers. But I was not going to give her the satisfaction of saying “I told you so!”. It was early Autumn of 2001 and I was on holiday in San Francisco. And as you do on holidays, I…… Continue reading One yard is not enough!
How do you know when it’s time to oil your sewing machine? When they tell you to, of course! If you listen to the sound your machine makes, you will soon be able to catch the extra noise, the unusual clang, whistle or whine, every type of mechanism speaks with a dufferent voice, and complains…… Continue reading You rang?
Especially if that girl is a vintage sewing machine. It’s only been about a year since I started using the older sewing machines, i.e., the ones of at least 100 years old. Before that, it was new machines at first (new in the early 1990s) followed by progressively going back in time until I found…… Continue reading Oil and varnish are a girl’s best friends
The noise during sewing usually comes from the hook. The “standard domestic” vertical oscillating hook is the most commonly used hook of them all, it was introduced in the late 19th century in Singer model 15. The hook is pushed about in its race by the driver that usually has a spring on it. …… Continue reading Noisy vertical oscillating hook – blame the driver spring