Buttonholes, With a Twist

This little tip was given to me by my friend Lynne, and I should have used two strands of button hole thread but wanted to show the contrasting thread here. 

By doubling the thread one pass becomes two, and two become four for extra strong buttonholes. 

Making button holes… 
Double threaded from the top on down… just like when you do double needle work.
Use a size 14 -16 needle to handle the two threads that pass through a single needle.
Singer Professional Button-Holer – top loading cams. 

Once upon a time…

Sears Canada closed their doors almost a year ago, and so many of us probably remember when the Christmas catalogue was the best thing ever.

I was coming back from a house call yesterday, which was an enjoyable visit where I fixed and set up an industrial machine, added a ruler foot to a long arm quilting machine, and had to deal with some hyper affectionate puppies. It is an occupational hazard and I do carry liver treats for the cats and dogs I so often meet.

I stopped by the thrift store to drop off some donations and wandered around, found this later model Kenmore which looks like it was never used, and could not leave her behind. 

She runs smoothly and quietly, makes a rather excellent stitch, and in looking, I see that Sears in the US does not even carry Kenmore branded machines any more, these models were made by Janome and tend to be rather well made with a steel chassis and decent build quality.

I have already ordered a set of accessories and this machine should make someone very happy, they really don’t get any easier to use than this.

Bernina 530 Record – 1958

The Bernina 530 debuted in 1954 as their first “semi automatic” and laid the groundwork for their domination of the upscale market, the Record series are some of the nicest machines ever conceived.

In most respects using one is like using a completely modern machine.

1958 was the last year year they used a scripted font, and in 1959 they added a ruler gauge on the bed, and brightened up the colours a little. They also changed the stitch width and buttonhole stop control.

We have so many repairs in the shop and machines in the queue that it might be a while before I get to work on restoring this one to like new condition.

Let There Be Light

Upgrading your old incandescent bulb to an l.e.d. is one of the best things you can do, they use far less power, are brighter, and don’t get hot.

We try to stock bulbs for nearly every type of vintage machine, and can order specialty bulbs as well.

New Addition – Singer 301

We sell and service more 301 and 221 machines than all others combined and thought we should finally add one to the permanent collection.

She is a nice 2 tone short bed, (they never made a long bed version), sews out beautifully and you have to look close to see her scuffs and marks.

I was making up a bunch of thread stands this morning and if there is a machine that can benefit, it is the blazing fast 301 which can sew in excess of 1500 stitches a minute.

If I take any quilting classes I will be taking this machine with me…

Elna Automatic – For Sale

Elna Automatic – 1960’s – Swiss – $175.00

A scaled down version of the Supermatic, lighter and more portable with all the same features.