Quality is in the Details – Vintage All Metal Sewing Machines

We have had the opportunity to work on many different brands and models of all metal vintage sewing machines. The reason we do is because the quality in these machines is not matched by any but the most expensive sewing machines on the market today.

I have talked about superior materials, precision tolerances, quality of finish, the stitch quality, durability, reliability, and more. I will continue to do so. Nothing drove my point home more to me than when I noticed this…

This is the presser foot bar lifter. It attaches to the lift lever, and clamps to the presser foot bar. See that little screw? its tiny… why is it there?

Here is another picture of it…

This is the assembly it mates with… by the way, this happens to be a Singer model 201-2 made in 1952…

Have you guessed why it is there? Well, its purpose is to adjust the side to side clearance of the presser foot bar to the presser foot lift lever. This is to ensure that the presser bar foot doesn’t wiggle side to side when the machine is sewing. Tightening this screw wedges the “wing” wider so there is no movement… its an adjustment.

Why did they do that? They probably didn’t have to, and I don’t think anyone would notice if they didn’t. They did it because in those days, details mattered. These machines were made to that level of detail. They were not the only manufacturer that cared about details like this, but as an example, it is is the level of detail Singer put into their engineering and manufacture, and you can see similar examples of this just about everywhere you look on these machines. Adjustments for wear, adjustments for timing, adjustments for needle transportation, darn near an adjustment for everything that the machine does to make a stitch.

Its no wonder that these things will last lifetimes with a little cleaning, oiling, and adjusting. So, if you need another reason to consider before getting (or keeping) a vintage all metal sewing machine, this is it.

By the way, does your sewing machine have this adjustment built into the design?

Let me know what you think!

Published by pungoliving

First and foremost, I decided to share some of my experiences with vintage all metal sewing machines. It is a natural progression of my life experience exercising my hands and my mind. My background is a simple story... graduating High school, I wanted a trade. I landed an apprenticeship at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in welding. 5 years later after earning certification and working in many different environments, I decided to enroll in College and earn an Engineering. At the same time, I married a wonderful girl and started a new life. Graduating College with a degree in Structural Engineering, I began a 35 year career in the Federal Government. Along the way, we were blessed with 3 beautiful children. Earning a Masters degree in Engineering and registration as a Professional Engineer I worked for the benefit of my family and my Country. Over the years, I have pursued many different hobbies... woodworking, car mechanics, astronomy, and taking apart and putting together all sorts of things. Pretty much anything I could put my mind and my hands into. So now, many years later, I am retired and finally able to wile away my days at home with the love of my life. Her interests have always been in sync with mine, but spending so much free time with her, I realized how broad her talents are! One interest she is particularly fond of is sewing. It didn't take me long to put 2+2 together and realize that I could do something with this. So, acquiring, adjusting, servicing, and restoring sewing machines was a win-win. I have a hobby that is detailed, involves tinkering with precision engineered high quality manufactured machines, while she has an opportunity to sew on various different makes and models of sewing machines. While there are many that have information on line, and what I have to say more than likely has already been said, I wanted to contribute to that conversation and learning gleaned from my experience and research.

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