Thursday, 8 November 2012

Disconnecting the Needle for Bobbin Winding

This is my Frister and Rossmann Model D Transverse Shuttle machine.  There is no stop-motion screw, the round metal disc in the middle of the balance wheel, which you will see on many other machines - Singers in particular.

On this machine, the mechanism to disconnect the needle is wonderfully simple.  It is just a metal tab that slots in and out of a notch.  Perhaps one day I will find out why manufacturers abandoned this mechanism in favour of the stop-motion screw.  I much prefer this tab, there is far less to go wrong with it.  Stop motion screws can be blighters to fix.

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