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In the wardrobe / First sewing job
« on: November 08, 2020, 22:30:44 PM »
Very satisfying. 

I have a pair of heavy curtains, one of which I use as a door curtain. It was too long so I used my lovely old hand cranked Singer to hem it and then turn it up to the right length. It has to be said that the machine is far more capable than me! Not the tidiest job, but then it's the first time I have ever sewn anything with a machine. The sewing is fairly straight, I didn't break the thread, and the curtain is now hanging up in the door doing what it is meant to do.

I can only get better!

Vintage Machines / Re: New Home machine
« on: October 31, 2020, 16:51:53 PM »
Not doing a full restoration at the moment, instead gave it a clean, an oil, and a service. I want to make sure everything works as it should and that it will actually sew. It does feel very nice to use, everything turns, oscillates, and rises and falls as it's meant to.
A couple of observations.
1.  It's amazing how little the basic design of this 1909 American machine differs from my 1940 Singer.
2.  It's a nice little machine but not in the same league as my Singer with regard to quality of components.

Here's a picture of it after I put it all back together. The little glass file full of red liquid on the base was wedged into the compartment under the machine. I suspect it's machine oil, and probably nearly as old as the machine.

New National 1909
by garynortheast

There are a couple of screws missing from it which I need to source but otherwise it appears to be all there

Vintage Machines / New Home machine
« on: October 31, 2020, 11:54:15 AM »
Just bought a 1909 New Home machine. It's a New National U model in need of a clean and a bit of a restoration. It was in a charity shop and cost me just £15!

The encouraging thing is that aside from a couple of small screws and the lid, it's complete and working. It's a vibrating shuttle machine like my Singer 28k and, like the Singer, when I took the bobbin out of the shuttle there was still thread on it.

I'm currently taking bits off of it and cleaning them up. It'll take me a little while but a good clean and service should see it perfectly usable again.

Thank you all so much for the replies. All really useful information for novices like me.

Thanks for the reply BrendaP. The original hem has been machine stitched, but then it’s been turned up and hemmed again, this time using a hand stitch. The machine stitching is very well done and barely visible, and as I’m currently using the curtain as a door curtain I’m happy to machine stitch it again.

Would I need to adjust anything to take account of the heavy fabric or shall I just get on and give it a go?

Complete beginner questions coming up now!
I have a 1940 28k hand cranked Singer. The machine works beautifully, having serviced it properly, so the intention is to use it for my various sewing jobs and repairs. I have some heavy curtains, the bottom hems of which have come partly unstitched so I need to sew them back up. The machine is an ex school machine so there will be no special parts fitted to it, it’ll be set up for normal home sewing.
Is there anything I need to know before starting on the job? Will the machine sew these curtains?
Thanks in advance for any help and info.

Hi, I'm new... / Hallo from Mid-Wales
« on: September 20, 2020, 23:14:35 PM »
Hallo, new member here. I've just acquired a lovely 1940 Singer 28K hand cranked machine from a local charity shop. Spent the last two or three days checking, servicing and oiling it, and it now works beautifully. I've done a couple of rows of stitching on some old sheeting with it, the first time I've ever used a sewing machine, and it wasn't too shabby!

I shall probably be asking lots of questions over the next few weeks as I get to grips with this great old machine.


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