Happy New Year from all of us at In Stitches

Happy 2019 !

Pearl is showing off a 1912 Singer 28-9 here, this was a transition model between the earlier 28, and the 128 and you can see where the Singer badge was re-located on this machine to cover the old lower mount for the bobbin winder.

This machine belongs to our permanent collection and was a gift from a dear friend.

Singer 503J Restoration

Pearls of Wisdom – Check For Threads

“When you are servicing a machine always remove the hand wheel to check for thread, you might just have enough to make a nest…”

This ball of thread was behind the hand wheel of a Husqvarna…

Elna Grasshopper

The Elna One never had a name but has been lovingly referred to as the Grasshopper, it was designed in the mid 1930’s but because of WW2 did not see mass production until after the war had ended. 

We just finished this one up for a customer…

Singer 503J – 1961

This beautiful Singer 503J has been lovingly serviced and restored, and has been cleaned and polished to a mirror finish… and could be yours. 

We have a lovely blonde cabinet from the same era waiting for it, and can deliver in the Edmonton area for a small fee. This machine can also stand alone and can be carried in a case although it is a little heavy, relative to new machines.

This machine is complete with original accessories, cams, and manual, also has a new power cord and led light upgrade.

We can also add a Professional button-holer that was designed for this machine and works wonderfully ($30.00 with purchase). 

Contact us for more details.

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.