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Embroidery Machines / Re: Pfaff Creative Vision 5.0 - home repairs
« on: September 14, 2020, 12:18:22 PM »
It’s a bit young for me  :| I’ve worked on pfaffs before but only up to the 1960s.

But if Greenfrog can post us some pictures of the casing we might be able to figure it out. 8)

Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 09, 2020, 13:20:31 PM »
The template ones do Keyhole which sound like possibly teardrop, straight with a pronounced circle at one end?

But you may want to look for one with a full set of templates so you have the most options on keyholes.

Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 09, 2020, 12:43:44 PM »
Hi Bm,

Both types are good, but gauge ones usually look like this:
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And have more variety in size and width but will only do straight buttonholes.
Please notice the 2 gauges on the upward side

While template ones look like this:
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And will only produce the buttonhole for the template provided... but you can cheat a little by moving the template either forward or back in process. But I haven’t tried that myself.

They are both very tidy, in the template one please notice the templates upright in the box, the little screw and the feedplate cover, and manual.

Not all of this is necessary. The templates are very necessary, as is the device, but if you’re not picky most Sewing machines don’t need a feedplate cover as they can drop the dogs. Or the small screw to retain it. And you can probably find a digital copy of the manual... I may even have one. So there could be scope for an incomplete bargain... and sometimes there are some really good bargains to be found, because they are under appreciated, and not well known.

Vintage Machines / Re: Yellow staining on white Featherweight
« on: September 09, 2020, 11:18:30 AM »
I’m a big fan of baby wipes, especially the ones with a few parabens....

They get grott off machines gently very persuasively!!

Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 09, 2020, 11:12:19 AM »
Hi all,

Griest buttonholers, theres 2 types, one is more flexible and you alter the 2gauges on the side (one is length and the other is width) and the other type takes a template.

I prefer the template type. They are very straight forward to use. You use standard straight stitch align the device a little fiddly and gently let it go. I usually go round the buttonhole twice altering the bite so it doesn’t stitch into the same place as the previous one. These devices are well known for their consistency and being easy to use.

Griest made buttonholers and ingenious devices for all the main brands (he was an inventor for Singer, and decided to get more credit for his work by going alone).

It is a little hit or miss, because the boxes aren’t clear if the device is for a low or slant shank and the angle is hard to tell. But in general I’ve found the black metal Griest buttonholers in the U.K. are straight/low shank.

There are up to 11 templates for the device, 5 straight buttonhole 5 keyhole buttonhole and 1 eyelet. But eyelets are incredibly rare and hard to find, so if you stumble upon one enjoy it.

But yes a low shank buttonholer should work on any low shank machine, although maybe not easily on Bernina because of their specialist feet, but there maybe an adapter.

I have heard of people with modern machines buying a hand crank 15 or 99 for £10-15 and using it just for buttonhole devices...

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Hiding a PVA stain
« on: August 16, 2020, 18:50:25 PM »
the PVA is an old stain - must be nearly 2 years old... no amount of soaking was going to get it out unfortunately.

But I now now what to do with the next one! Thanks all

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Hiding a PVA stain
« on: August 15, 2020, 21:35:31 PM »
I tried a few things a bit of embroidery... one lot of thread was too thin to cover the other too thick for the fabric... I wanted a Norwich block but that didn’t work... so I’ve put in a piece of turquoise satin stitching.... my poor 500 is really playing up at the moment it’s seems unusual... I’ll have to open it and give it a clean and some oil I think.

Got the stitching looking ok.... and had carefully moved the front pocket out of the way...and realised that I caught the back pocket.... so that’s now been cut and satin stitched too.... 🙄

Embroidery and Embellishment / Re: Hiding a PVA stain
« on: August 15, 2020, 13:58:47 PM »
Its an old glue mark from collecting the kids and their models and I must have missed that there was a drip of PVA and by the time I got home it was well dried in...  I don’t think I’ll be getting it out by washing :(

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?

Helen Howes may have it - or if you have the broken part you might be able to get a 3d printing service or friend to make you one...

Vintage Machines / Re: Bernina Nova or Minimatic
« on: July 30, 2020, 20:40:36 PM »
I had a 530 - 2 it was really lovely very neat and tidy, sewed so neatly and quietly - and has a range of stitch patterns. I think its much under appreciated compared to the famous models. I liked it a lot.

Vintage Machines / Re: Singer 411G
« on: July 25, 2020, 15:16:46 PM »
Im glad you managed to get that resolved! Ive never worked on a 411g.

Vintage Machines / Re: My beautiful Singer 201P
« on: July 17, 2020, 20:02:55 PM »
shes lovely and the paint work is so flawless!

Vintage Machines / Re: Elna Lotus SP
« on: July 17, 2020, 19:57:56 PM »
I have an all metal Elna Lotus too... It was my grandmothers she was very particular about it and it still has all the original parts, I've cleaned it and got it ready but I still cant quite use it. but she used it for everything, clothes, repairs, fabric art and upholstery. When i cleaned it it had the fluff of ages in it...

But its more widely travelled than me, in the 1960s she lived in Hong Kong and it travelled back and forth with her by ferry because passenger planes weren't a thing.

Enjoy yours!

What lies beneath... / Re: Knitted bralette
« on: June 22, 2020, 19:27:47 PM »
Maybe you could add a little silk (if loose) or soft jersey (if you want some stretch) chemise under and tack it to the edges?

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