Common questions

What are those old sewing machines called?


What are those old sewing machines called?

The treadle sewing machine is one of the most enduring pieces of technology ever devised. Still in use around the world, the treadle’s reliable design has made it a favorite since 1830.

Do you thread all sewing machines the same?

Every sewing machine is slightly different when it comes to threading, but there are a few general steps that most machines employ. Check your instruction manual when threading your sewing machine for the first time. Wind a bobbin. The bobbin is the lower spool of thread for your machine.

How old is a vintage sewing machine?

Sewing machines made before 1900 are called antique, while those made between 1900 and 1970 are typically considered vintage. The 1980s form a bit of a grey area.

Where did the Universal sewing machine come from?

Universal Brand sewing machines were one of the many generic made in Japan, vertical, oscialting bobbin machines. No way to tell what factory it came out of. (Bill Holman might know) They were often sturdy machines.

Where can I find a Vintage sewing machine?

The society archives sewing machine manuals, advertisements, and other information and offers many downloadable materials on its website. It also publishes research findings, auction results, and information on restoring vintage machines for an international membership of sewing machine collectors.

Is the Montgomery Ward Universal sewing machine rare?

It seems that whatever company that made the Universal sewing machine made some nice models. The KZM model from about the 1970s has stood up to the test of time and it is not rare nor valuable. That model was also sold as a Signature brand for Montgomery Ward.

What’s the take up lever on a universal sewing machine?

Just above the tension regulator is a piece of heavy-duty metal sticking straight out from the face plate, and is then bent at a right angle to the left, over the top of the tension regulator – this doesn’t move at all. Above all of these pieces is the “take-up lever”, shown in the manual.