This has been a super busy week, so sorry I’ve been absent! Doesn’t look good when you first start a blog and then abandon it right after. Never fear though, for I have returned.
- Xander’s growing like a weed and went to his first Kinder Music class! Of course he takes after his daddy and loves music.
- I got a super cool new top secret job at work. Can’t wait to share what it is when it’s done!
- My Singer 114w103 is finally set up, and that’s really the purpose of this post!
What is a Singer 114w103?
A Singer 114w103 is a chainstitch (also called a Cornely or Bonnaz) embroidery machine. This style of machine has been made since the 1870’s, and was used to embroider garments before technology caught up with them. Think of an old style letterman jacket with the chenille embroidery, it was probably done on a chainstitch machine. I learned of them a few months back when a customer approached me asking if I had one. I instantly fell in love with the awesome YouTube videos, and HAD to have one. Slight problem though…
The search was on
They’re incredibly hard to find in good working condition, and very expensive. I had an opportunity to buy one right around Christmas, but didn’t jump fast enough. So when I saw this one on eBay, I snatched it up!
How does it work?
The machine is controlled with a treadle pedal just like most industrial machines. Instead of a top and bobbin thread though, it has a single spool of thread that comes from under the machine. The needle is a small hook, which is what makes the chain stitch. The coolest part though is the hand crank! Instead of turning the fabric with your hands, you turn the crank that’s under the machine in the direction you want to stitch. It’s very fun to do, but can take months to master. There’s a reason they call this an artisan skill!
(My sloppy first try)
Practice makes perfect!
I’m considering setting up a YouTube account to record my practices on the machine. I love watching videos of people using these guys, and I feel like there’s not many people who do it. I’ll come back occasionally to post my progress, and hopefully I’ll be a master in no time!