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Embroidery and Embellishment / Hiding a PVA stain
« on: August 15, 2020, 10:08:59 AM »
Hi all,
My favourite pair of shorts received a child related pva stain.... which frankly looks like my personal hygiene is questionable  :S

I thought about hiding it under a ‘spare button’ or possibly under a square or diamond of satin stitch, possibly with a few runs of different colours.

Any thoughts or advice? Or advice on colours?

 Hi All,

I thought I'd do this in case you havent encountered a potted motor before.

These are a little niche and are an early direct drive, so there is a gear rather than a belt and the wiring is more internal.

I have a 201 with a potted motor so I'll show you the important external differences:
First is the front... Notice the built the light that is on the front of the machine, the wiring goes through the machine.
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Second is the back:
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notice the cute little bump on the back with a decal on the top - thats the motor.

Internally there is a worm gear that is driven by the motor, and drives the machine directly - so even by 201 standards these machines are supposed to be exceptionally smooth and have strong penetration because theres no belt to slip or lose traction with.

Also there are 2 tubes at the back (with large screms over them) that have wicks in them the wicks transport lube to the work gear. the best lube for this is vaseline or petroleum jelly. The lube need to melt as the machine gets hot for the wick to work and modern lubes are too stable.
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These wicks usually need replacing (mine were hard, gummed up and black) - Sew Classic in the USA has the wicking material
The electrics on these machine - are very worth checking and getting PAT tested as they are internal on a cast iron machine.. Shocking!

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Bernina 530-2 £120? Ono
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:08:15 PM »
Hi all,

I’m considering selling my bernina 530-2 it does a range of stitches, has been serviced and has a lot of parts.

It’s a gorgeous machine and a real sweet heart but I just don’t love her...  :(

I’m norfolk based and collection is probably best, or courier, postal services seem quite heavy handed but I do have the restraining bolts.

Let’s know if you’re interested? There’s more pics in a gallery if you’d like a look.

Events / Japanese Boro exhibition (21.09.19
« on: September 22, 2019, 11:39:25 AM »
I went to the Japanese Boro exhibition in Norwich yesterday, it was really interesting especially as some of the items were 100s of years old and had been very thoroughly patched, darned, quilted and repaired. Here’s s few pics in no particular order.

I tried to upload the pics but they kept causing the site to error - so here they are as a drop box link. I can share them in better quality, I got photos of most of the items.

The Show Must Go On / 1940s clothing for kids (Help)
« on: September 07, 2019, 11:59:22 AM »

DD’s school is having a 1940s day and I’m stumped! Even Google isn’t being that helpful.

Do you lovely Sewists have any ideas?

Thank you!


This looks really interesting, it’s in the Art School Crypt gallery in Norwich, 16-28th of September and focuses on Boro

Long details:
Boro —
 & thread)
 & darning

at the Norwich School, Crypt Gallery:
16/09/19 - 28/09/19

Open Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 15:00
Sunday: Closed

Private view: 19/09/19
18:00 - 20:00

Boro - ぼろ, in Japanese, means old and tattered. The term is now commonly used in reference to all Japanese textiles that are patched or repaired garments or items which have been mended, using fragments or oddments of cloth. Boro textiles originate from the Edo period through to the beginning of the Showa period in Japanese history. These items were often handed down from generation to generation, usually within a family. And have become prized and treasured pieces of textile art, for the beauty inherent within each piece.

I’ll probably go on the 21st I think, maybe sooner depending on work.

Additionally: Kobo (new shop on Magdalen Street) offers Japanese craft and textiles, are offering Boro workshops:

KOBO A-B workshops /
August - September 2019.

Introductory Boro workshop:

Monday: 05.08.19
09:30am — 12:30pm
Price of workshop: £45 / x8 places.
Deadline for booking & payment:
Friday 02.08.19

Sunday 18.08.19
09:30am — 12:30pm
Price of workshop: £45 / x8 places /
Deadline for booking & payment:
Friday 15.08.19

Location: Kobo A-B: 21 / Magdalen Street / Norwich Norfolk / NR3 1LE
Please, email us to confirm your place and booking:

We have more workshops in the planning.

Vintage Machines / Cleaning a Singer 306
« on: August 22, 2019, 16:26:38 PM »
Hi all,

The eBay 306k arrived in one piece and reasonably well packed. Weighs a ton, upset the delivery guy, I opened it up and it definitely did not come from a smoke/pet free home... it smells like it has a 20 a day habit, and was a cat nest for a bit... not as bad as pfaff tho that had a 40 a day habit.

The cables scare me... it has manuals and parts! And stuff! Very exciting! It’s in basically good nice the decals are a bit worn near the needle plate, and a little odd on the top, all needs a good clean as it’s sticky. Also has a sheet of newspaper from 1987 in it... and a copper coin jammed in the case! 

I’ll keep a bit of a log of me cleaning it here.

Here’s a few pics

Vintage Machines / I won an eBay Singer 306!
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:38:28 AM »
Hi all,

I’ve just bid on and won a black eBay 306 needless to say it’s not immaculate. Looks like it has a lot of parts with it and a little red box, which looks like it has stuff in it and a 201 box too and some additional paper work too. The paintwork has lost its lustre, and the decals look just a little worn.

I hope it has a bobbin and bobbin case and isn’t wrecked by wrong needles.

I asked the seller to pack it carefully, I’m just hoping he’s not throwing a ton of polystyrene nuggets into the case and stuck it in the post... we’ll see... I’ll let you know what I get when it arrives, it also didn’t have a photo from the front...

On reflection why do I do this to myself? eBay sewing machines put the wind up me!

Fun with Fabric / PLU and Fleece? Advice on fabrics please!
« on: July 30, 2019, 23:26:57 PM »
I’m thinking of starting a new project! I want to make a ‘dry robe’ these are basically a waterproof/wind proof shell with a warm/absorbent layer inside. The manufacturers are exorbitant and don’t recommend regular washing, which seems a bit rubbish as they’re best for after wet/muddy sports, dog walking and the like and be of a size that is possible to change in too. So I figured I could do better, especially as I’d made similar before out of grey military blankets and a natural cotton liner with a roughly buffer jacket style.

I thought maybe a prosoft PLU outer as it’s tough, waterproof and good for washing, then coupling it up with bamboo fleece? I’m looking for a luxurious feel but also practical and warm. The original dryrobes have like a shag pile fleece in them, but tbh I’m not sure my machines will handle that easily, or that I want all that bulk.

Any advise or suggestions gratefully received!

Thank you

Hi all

Here’s the infamous USA pink jetsons style atomic buttonholer for slant shank Singer sewing machines. These don’t fit a 301 but should fit 401s+ if you’re not sure your machine is a slant shank let me know and we’ll work it out. This will not fit a low/straight shank.

It’s been cleaned, regreased and lubed. Tested and is following the template beautifully on my 500a.

It has, the device, the manual, the feed cover (not necessary as you can raise the plate or drop the dogs) and extra thumb screw to attach it to the shank, 9 templates (below no eyelet template) and the iconic pink case.

15/16 straight
5/8 straight
3/8 straight
1/2 straight
13/16 straight
1/16 straight
5/8 keyhole
1 1/16 straight
1 1/16 keyhole

To be fair you don’t need a buttonholer on a slant-shank but they do make consistency much easier once you get the tensions right. The atomic ones are extra stylish! :) 

Helen usually sells these at 40 without extra templates I’m thinking 30 including UK postage if you’re interested drop me a PM

Any questions please ask

Thank you

I got this as part of a job lot of bits but it’s a damaged atomic pink Jetsons buttonholer. There are 2 areas of damage 1 is the end of the box has fallen off, and the other is the gold on the device doesn’t stay stuck down. Neither of these issues impact its ability to deliver a buttonhole. They just make it less gorgeous.

Note this is for a Singer Slant Shank sewing machine. Probably not a 300 series, but 400 series + should be fine and if in doubt check or ask me.

It comes with,
Feed dog cover, manual, 2 screws, the device and 5 templates
5/8 straight
1 1/16 straight
1 1/6 keyhole
13/16 straight
3/8 straight

Helen sells these in good condition for 40, I’m thinking £12 inc PnP for this one because of its condition.

I’m also working on one in lovely condition this evening that I’ll post later.

Events / Norwich (UK) Sewcial May 14th
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:53:43 AM »
Hi All,
I just found out there is a Norwich Sewcial -
Apparently its in the Forum at 6.30 on May 14th (I'm not connected) but it mostly works with my work schedule so I thought I'd go, and big up TSP a bit :)

Fun with Fabric / Memory sewing? (Shirts)
« on: December 22, 2018, 14:01:50 PM »
Hi All,
I'm an extensive wearer of reasonably nice formal cotton shirts (I like interesting fabrics rather than patterns) but I'm interested in turning some of the ones with worn collars and cuffs into something for the kids - do any of you guys do this sort of sewing? what sort of items go down particularly well and are well appreciated over time?



For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / eBay: 201k2 cabinet Rochester
« on: December 10, 2018, 19:35:49 PM »
Here’s a nice looking machine, and an unusual one too, a 201k2 in a cabinet and currently cheap and looking for offers!

The K2 is a particularly nice machine, it has a potted motor and is directly linked by worm gear into the drive shaft. They sometimes need rewiring and the grease tubes and wicks need some care (Vaseline is the grease of choice) the worm gear makes for a smoother sewing experience that can be a little more penetrating. The 201 is a superb machine but with a potted motor it raises it a notch I reckon!

Vintage Machine Reviews / Singer 192K ‘Spartan’ (Rs)
« on: December 02, 2018, 21:57:46 PM »
I have to say I’m very impressed with this machine I got it off Gumtree...

It has a UK motor and a completely cool plug.

It’s so smooth and quiet and very shiny, in terms of stitching it’s very neat and tidy and the stitches are beautiful.

It’s a git to thread tho! And the needle goes in flat side right, and it seems to take an old 66 bobbin.

This is a really lovely machine!

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