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Joined: 2009-08-07

Hi! I have just acquired a 1920's dressmaster sewing machine. works quite well and it's all metal parts *this i love*
However parts are a bit difficult to come by but not impossible.
The bobbins on the other hand are almost impossible to find. modern bobbins do not fit. these are flat,1 hole in the side,and big as a quarter. can anyone help me locate any? also any info about these machines as well?
I have done my homework and know some, though asking TOFA forum community sounded like a good place to ask! :)

Joined: 2009-08-11
Here ya go


Try here .
This is a good place to start.

Elsie ./.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Vintage is right

Thanks Elsie, as I have my mom's 1955 Singer and it's great for sewing heavy duty cloth, but it really needs new belts and was at a loss as to what to do with it.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Still Love My...

"Outlet" dept store (Singer knockoff) It goes forward , backwards, Zigzags and the Singer attachments all fit!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Hi Jackie welcome,

Ladies take great care if you are temted to try to adjust the mechanism. There is a tollarence of +/- 10 thou ( your hubby or partner will tell you what I mean) also the oil is special oil, it is even thinner than clock oil. As for those bobbins, take a look at your kid's toys, especially those with wheels with rubber tyres. I adapted some for my wife who had the same trouble as you. They worked after a fashion, better than nothing she said.Anyways good luck, there is always something very self satisfying to get something to work that someone else has chucked out as useless.
Inginuity is the mother of invention

Joined: 2009-08-07
I Thought...

Frank Zappa was a Mother of Invention :P

Joined: 2009-08-07

Thanks Colin for reminding women that instead of running around spending 15 min. on a hundred things that it's good to spend an afternoon tinkering!!

And DiJean, I knew there was something about you from that "jonesin' for bunnies" comment ... right on!! Altho' in the 70's, it wasn't bunnies that I was concerned with ... :innocent:

If you ever need a Zappa fix, go to www.wnti.org which has a live stream audio, at about 6:50pm every day. After all his craziness, there's still "Watermelon In Easter Hay" ... now that's one heck of an easter egg!!


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