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Overhauling a quality sewing machine and using it keep the taste for good job living. And this is exactly what passion is all about…


More than 100 industrial sewing machines and about 20 home sewing machines: the number of sewing machines we’ve purchased til now.
We’ve been driving dozens of thousands miles to pick up a bargain or catch the rare bird.
Three machines -no more- working correctly out of more than 120 machines. Not among the more expensive.
That is to say that nearly all these machines were simply out of order or not really functional: skipped or twisted stitches, rough speed control, worn gears or missing parts, lacquer like old oil jamming the machine completely etc.

Picture of the offer
Adler 104-64 (1967) : pretty nice look, did make stitches during a short test run but the motor burnt after a less than one hour use. In our workshop we finally found out important damage due to sewing capacities exceeding.

We even drove back from Switzerland once, leaving there a supposed dream machine from a cosmetical point of view but mechanically, an irrecoverable wreck.

Picture of the offer.
Pfaff 238 6×6 (1964) : did sew but skipped stitches + irregular limited 4mm width zigzag stitch.

All that waste simply because of the lack of care and lack of involvement too.

Obsolescence. Millions of machines have been destroyed for they turned useless or uninteresting, as a result of the companies relocations and  the growing scarcity of the mechanics able to service or fix these machines.
Should superlative volumes of the attractive but often poor chinese production or hypersophistication of newer machines make us expect that, along with the logic of cars, a glittering barely used sewing machine could be a breaker?

Very high efficiency sewing machine Mitsubishi LT2-2250 M1TW (2005) : double feed bottom/needle, split needlebar, electronic thread trimmer with automatic start/stop adjustable bartack which means servomotor with needle positioning system and threads tension electronic control and electric reverse stitch control. Ultra high speed means automatic centralised lubrication. Stitches counting function. A true model of reliability.

Up to the 60’s, sewing machines manufacturers Necchi, Singer, Dürkopp, Pfaff and Adler without batting an eyelid would promise in their user’s booklet that their machines would last nearly for ever !

« These machines have a virtualy unlimitated lifetime as long as they are serviced in time and properly and correctly used… »

But most of these amazing high performance reliable machines, pure cristal of intelligence and know-how, have been sacrificed on the altar of profitability.

As a former motorbike mechanic involved in fine tuning and engine upgrade, handling these tons of sleeping ironcast princesses made us naturally feel a true passion for the sewing machine mechanics.


The surivors we could work on showed clearly that carefully reconditioned quality machine retrieve their original performances and can even be successfully upgraded without any compromise on their reliability.
No doubt that a finely overhauled vintage sewing machine can definitely be a realistic choice, perfectly suitable for actual jobs and cost-effective as well.

Pfaff 141 (1956) ; high speed tayloring, double feed, full overhauled and customised for fine special mix canvas/leather bag making and upholstery.
Remotorised (Needle Positioning System), flawless sewing at very low speed and up to 2900st/mn.


Out of our thrilling sewing machine trip, we keep deep in us the true smile of most of the craftsmen we met, leaving their work life companion to us for a new experience. We still feel their inner joy and generosity, their living passion. And anyone could feel their richness and personal history resonating in these machines.

Overhauling a quality sewing machine and using it keep the taste for good work living. And this is exactly what passion is all about.
This blog is a channel for sharing our practical experience and knowledge of sewing machines with users and mechanics from all over the world: general information, technical support with tutorial vids, decision making help and, hopefully, a way to find your dream machine in the collection we offer.

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