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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?

 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!

Vintage Machines / Re: Singer?
« on: May 16, 2020, 14:50:29 PM »
I have a singer embroidery hoop too. its very tidy and feels well made.

Vintage Machines / Re: Rescued Singer 201
« on: May 16, 2020, 14:48:36 PM »
thats a very smart looking 201! nice find. at least the 3 pin plugs arent too hard to come by and you can put a new pedal on it!

Vintage Machines / Re: Help with 201k singer machine
« on: April 05, 2020, 08:49:39 AM »
its also worth checking that the needle is correctly seated and the right way round... I lent a 401 to a friend and they were complaining about its stitch quality - the needle was the wrong way round. They thought it was tension or timing...

Vintage Machines / Re: Young People and Vintage Machines.
« on: April 05, 2020, 08:07:30 AM »
I teach my kids to sew (sometimes) on a elna grasshopper with a too loose belt- it stops them over accelerating, its a tiny machine so not daunting and the knee lever is perfect for them because they can use it with their raised chairs... they love it, and they helped me clean it up. :)

Vintage Machines / Re: Frister and Rossmann
« on: February 23, 2020, 16:59:24 PM »
Any chance of a picture? I think I know which one you mean but a picture would really help!

Thank you!



Hi all,

I’m having a bit of a clear out and since I haven’t ever used my overlocker... I thought I would sell it.

I’ve literally opened it to read the manual and never even taken it out of the box.
There’s some threads I can include too.

It’s a Juki MO654DE and I bought it for £389 + p&p it’s supposed to be exceptional, but it needs to be with someone who will use it.

So I’m looking for £300 and you can collect it or I’ll work out PnP to you.

Please drop me a PM if you’re interested.


Sewing Machines / Re: Lightweight machine to take to classes
« on: February 16, 2020, 20:13:32 PM »
You could look for an Elna Lotus - they are gorgeous sturdy and very portable! :)

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.

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