Readers, it is so very important to maintain our sewing tools if they are to perform for us at their best.
My Singer buttonholer dates from the late 1930's and I couldn't guarantee it has ever been oiled -- certainly not be me. After making dozens of buttonholes in the last few weeks, I decided it was time to give it a little TLC.
Fortunately, mine came with its original manual, which clearly illustrates all the (many) oil points.
I used Singer oil, which is very light. I turned the butterfly nut that moves the buttonholer through its full rotation to loosen things up and sewed a few practice buttonholes. It moves so much more smoothly; I wish I had done this when I first received it.
When I was done with that little chore, I started work on my mustard pants, which I'll be making from Kwik Sew 3504, a men's jeans pattern. I don't expect any surprises but you never know.
I tweak this pattern a little every time I use it. This time I wanted a slightly snugger fit in the center back so I took a little out of what will end up being the center back seam.
I bought matching mustard Gutermann thread, which is always nice to have.
Even though I purposely offset the seams, I still didn't manage to get the center point where the flat-felled seams overlap in back perfectly centered -- I overshot it (in precisely the opposite way I did the last time). Is there some trick to this I'm missing?
Alas, life goes on.
Readers, that's all for today. I expect to finish these pants this weekend.
I do hope your projects are going well. When's the last time you oiled your buttonholer (or your sewing machine), btw?
Have a great day, everybody!
Can anybody guess which 1939 film featured this song? (Hint: RKO) (If you're on a mobile device, click here.)
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!