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Today... / Tues 16th (wet again)
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:46:02 AM »
Late start today!

Looks like I’m in for a fun day... I forgot my razor... my other jumper has a hole and ladder not under the arm.... at the shoulder.... and it’s still raining in East Yorks! I predict I will get wet at least 3 times today.... and still no sewing:)

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / 29k? in sittingbourne
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:47:18 AM »
If you should fancy a cobbling heavy duty machine as a project here is an affordable one with other vintage cobbling equipment and pretty badly listed:
Vintage industrial treadle sawing machine large heavy duty

I think they use a redundant needle type tho... so Caveat Emptor!

But they are usually still a lot more expensive than this.

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Pfaff 30 Soton
« on: January 09, 2018, 21:51:39 PM »
Hi All,

I’m at it again- lovely pfaff 30 in South Hampton currently not a lot, collection only, apparently the postal service damaged the base.

Vintage Powerful Pfaff 30 Sewing Machine

My Pfaff 30 is a lovely machine very shiny and once set up they’re unfussy and smooth sitchers- straight stitch only they’re very quiet but mine has a heck of a decent punch and a lovely neat stitch.

Be warned it weighs a ton!

Vintage Machines / Cleaning VSMs: Tips, Tricks & Tools
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:54:51 AM »
Hi all,
We get a fair few queries about cleaning up old, older, venerable and ancient sewing machines, treadles and cabinets...
So I thought I’d start a thread to collect everyone’s thoughts.

I’m looking for any hints or tips, strategies, links to blogs you find helpful or inspiring and your favourite tools and doodads or cleaning/polishing helpfuls. The goal is to give any aspiring sewing machine fancier a good place to start and give us all somewhere to refer queries to and exchange ideas.

I’ll go away and organise my thoughts....

Today... / Tues 9th Jan 2018!
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:32:05 AM »
Oh my days looks like I’m up early enough to start ‘Today’!

I’m off to Notts on a work thing... but I am watching a couple of old machines... maybe I’ll be lucky and not need a jack pot win! I need to look at kicking off a new round of mending or a sewing project. Maybe later...

 Feels quite mild over in the east!

‘‘Tis the season of the poorly spelt sewing machine...

This one looks interesting:

Bernini Sewing Machine

Hi all-

Badly listed 221 in brierley hill (midlands)

Looks like it has all the important stuff but is collection only.

Vintage/Retro 'Singer" Electric Sewing Machine

Good luck!

The Show Must Go On / Fixed :) DD belly dance costume
« on: January 03, 2018, 23:03:09 PM »
We found this in a charity shop, and I’ve been fixing it semi regularly ever since and my DD is finally big enough to wear it and there’s a belly dance event this weekend. My daughter isn’t a regular belly dancer but she loves doing it with mum and especially loves this costume!

In terms of fixing there was a couple of iffy seams, the hook and eyes all needed restitching, there were a lot of loose threads... and a shed load of loose beads and sequins.

But it’s now ready! Phew!

Machine Accessories / The Pink Atomic!
« on: January 03, 2018, 15:08:25 PM »
Oh my days! I’m pretty close to ‘Squeeing!’ The Pink Atomic arrived and it is so much better than I had hoped. It’s largely immaculate it’s solidly built and the box is huge! And completely outrageous!

Pics to follow!

Good set of singer flat cams 319 320s etc - lots of them not the classic 319 box:

Singer 300 Series Box of Cams - 29 cams

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Forest of Dean bernina 530?
« on: December 31, 2017, 22:42:06 PM »
Hi All,
Here’s a nice looking collection only welsh bernina, looks in nice nick, terrible listing:

I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / What to do with 30USD?
« on: December 26, 2017, 13:05:44 PM »
Hi All,

Here’s the challenge... I won a prepaid credit card for 30USD. Only living in the UK, USDs are not day to day useful.

Any ideas of what I should spend it on?

I thought about maybe Sew Classic, or craftsy? But I thought you guys might have some better ideas. My idea to use it on a Clam Shell (Jetsons) buttonholer also failed.

It’s a nice problem to have :)

Vintage Machines / singer 319/320 bobbin case change
« on: December 26, 2017, 12:59:23 PM »
Hi All,

I’ve heard a bit about changing the bobbin case on the 319/320 as a way to enable the machine to take 15x1 needles. Has anyone else tried this? Was it successful?



Your Favourite Suppliers / USA Vintage parts shop
« on: December 22, 2017, 21:46:58 PM »
Hi All,

I’m looking for a US based Helen Howes equivalents...
I have a $30 gift and would like to get a pink clam buttonholer for the 500... they are too cute!

And I want to get the best of the PnP and hopefully an extended selection of templates  :)

Thank you!

The Show Must Go On / How did they do this? (skirt gather)
« on: December 19, 2017, 21:28:02 PM »
Hi All,
I was taking a look at (shh) Pinterest, and the Mrs sneaks a peak over my shoulder and was cooing over this...

I started a bit of a dissection looks like an RTW underskirt (and the colours arent a good match in my opinion) - but the over skirt rear overlapping tail arrangement is quite something. I thought it was probably a folded/pleated semi circle, but wanted to ask in case anyone had any better ideas or even a name for the technique?

Thanks in advance


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