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Mike Williams
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Which way does my needle go in? Which way do I thread it?
If you're something of a vintage sewing machine aficionado (hoarder) you may occasionally experience some confusion when you go to change the needle or just thread it. Luckily there are two rules that are always true with sewing machines, but you have to lo...

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Peerless buttonholer
The Peerless company were (I believe) the first to come up with an attachment for straight stitch sewing machines which would enable the machine to make a buttonhole.  They did this in the 1880s, and I bought one of these first ones a couple of years ago. T...

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How to insert sleeves with ease
Sleeves are always larger than the holes they fit into due to 'ease' which makes the garment easier to wear but also means the sleeves are always larger than the space they go into. You must therefore sew the larger sleeve into the garment without creating ...

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Advantages of a spool holder with vintage machines
On a Facebook group I'm in someone just posted that they saved a machine that was going to be dumped because the spool pin had broken off. Sure these can be replaced, but whether you do or not, I thought about it and would probably not bother. What has chan...

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Bernina 708 Broken Gear Replacement
A neighbour sent me an SMS and asked if I repaired sewing machines. It was broken, as in the bobbin gear was jammed. I freed that up then cleaned and serviced it for her (she and her husband are lovely people). I noticed the zig-zag doing bizarre movements ...

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Bernina Favorit 640-2 1958
This machine was, let's just say, a bargain. It's a home industrial machine with built-in cams! It came with an 80 watt Sew Tric motor which was almost fouling the knee lift mechanism. Yes, it has a knee lift! Just about everything here makes this an exciti...

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Couldn't find a video of someone using a template buttonholer a month or so back so promised I'd make one. 1940s Singer (Greist) template buttonholer on Singer 15K88. I make four of these on every jacket (other two on collar) and the optimal setting is to tighten the bobbin tension 1/5 of a turn and to use the cover plate rather than dropping the feed dog as per the instructions.
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