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Singer Students Manual of Machine Sewing

Spiral Bound Book Republication™

Originally Published - 1939!


Up for bid is another marvelous Dakota Prairie Treasures Spiral Bound Book Republication™ of the original ''Students Manual of Machine Sewing by Singer'' with NO RESERVE!'' We scanned and reformatted a scare original and are pleased to offer you this wonderful vintage Depression Era Sewing Machine Use, Maintenance and Attachment Instruction Manual for your personal recreation or professional sewing pleasures!

This item has clear, concise directions to use and maintain various Singer Featherweight Sewing Machines! These books frequently sell for $50 to $102.50 each on Atomic Mall! So Dakota Prairie Treasures' Spiral Bound Book Republication™ is a economical option to obtain this scare sewing machine manual at a reasonable cost! (Original is not for sale) 


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This is a unbelievably nice touch if you have every tried to read a pattern's instructions while your hands are full of your in progress project. As an avid needleworker myself my personal experience prompted my choice of spiral binding for it's ease-of-use alone. I bet you'll love it too!


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This item is a great resource for those who are antique Singer and Featherweight collectors and repairmen, sewing enthusiasts, students of historical clothing, fiber and textile arts, etc!

  This is certainly a fine source of historically valuable information, techniques and inspiration for the creative dress seamstress and fabric artists out there who love to recreate clothing using the very best sewing machines manufactured in the Depression Era. I have a half dozen of the various Featherweight models with all the attachments and this guide ends the confusion of how to use them! This is the perfect opportunity to purchase your own version of another wonderful craft instructional revealing our heritage from an earlier America culture!


An Excerpt:

''The great aim in education is to equip the scholar...regarding the care and operation of the Family Sewing Machine to obtain best results .

Success in home sewing depends greatly on the ability to use to the fullest extent the modern sewing machine and its various attachments...It is our hope the instruction contained in this booklet will enable you to learn the proper care and operation of your sewing machine, so that you can obtain the greatest benefit from its use.''



General Instructions for the Care and Operation of Family Sewing Machinees

The Principal Parts of Lock-Stitch Sewing Machines and Their Uses (Class 66 Machines)



Spool Pin


Balance Wheel

Bobbin Winder

Stitch Regulator

Upper Tension

Thread Take-up

Needle Bar

Presser Bar

Face Plate

Throat Plate

Feed Dog

Bed Slide


Shuttle or Bobbin Case

Rotary or Oscillating Hook

Lower Tension


Three-pin Terminal

Special Features of the 15-91 and 201-2 Machines

Bobbin Winder

Stitch Regulating Thumb Screw

Direction Control Lever

Upper Tension Indicator

Feed Lowering Device

Formation of the Lock Stitch

Winding the Bobbins Evenly

Machines 15-88 to 15-91

Increasing the Pressure on the Bobbin Winder

Proper Needle and Thread Important

Testing a Needle

Setting the Needle Properly

Machines 15-30, 66, etc.

Machines 5-88, 201 and 221

The Necessity for Proper Tensions

How to Adjust the Tensions

Testing Upper and Lower Tensions Together

Preparing to Sew

Pulling Up Under Thread

Beginning a Seam

Finishing a Seam

Hints for Sewing Various Seams

The Cloth Guide

Regulating the Length of Stitch

Singer Machines 66, 99 and 127

Singer Machines 15-30 and 115

Singer Machine 66-8

Regulating the Length of Stitch on Reverse Feeding Machines

Machines 15-88 to 15-91 and 201

Machine 221-1

Reverse Feeding on Fine Materials

Adjusting the Pressure on the Presser Bar

Cleaning and Oiling

Oiling the Machine Head

The Belt Shifter

Oiling the Bobbin Winder

Removing Gummed Oil

Common Causes of Machine Troubles

Causes of Upper Thread Breaking

Causes of Lower Thread Breaking

To Avoid Breaking Needles

Skipping Stitches

Stitches Looping

Machine Not Feeding Properly

Machine Working Heavily

Puckered Seams

Noisy Treadle

Threading Vibrating or Long Shuttle Machine No. 127

Upper Threading

Under Threading

Drawing Up the Under Thread

Threading Oscillating Hook Machine No. 66

Upper Threading

Under Threading

Threading Oscillating Shuttle Machine Nos. 15-88 to 15-91

Upper Threading

Under Threading

Threading Horizontal Rotary Hook Machine No. 201

Upper Threading

Under Threading

The Binder and Its Many Uses Applied to Family Sewing

Binding Without Basting

How to Cut Material for Use with the Binder

The Bias Cutting Gauge

Attaching the Binder to the Machine

Inserting the Binding in the Binder

Cutting Point on Binding

Binding May be Purchased Cut and Folded for Use with the Binder

Inserting Folded Binding in Outside Slot

The Adjustment and Operation of the Binder

Adjusting the Binder

Plain Bound Seams

Open Bound Seams

Binding Outside Curves

Binding Inside Curves

Applying a French Fold to a Curve

Binding Plackets

Bound Scallops

Applying Military Braid with the Binder

Binding and Applying Rick-Rack Braid to the Edge of a Garment at One Stitching

Making Button Loops with the Binder

Bound Buttonholes Made with the Binder

Starting Bound Buttonholes

Binding Pieces Together

New Uses for the Foot Hemmer and the Adjustable Hemmer

The Foot Hemmer

How to Start the Hem at the Very Edge

Making a Hem with the Foot Hemmer

Making a Hemmed Seam with the Foot Hemmer

Hemming and Sewing on Lace as One Operation

Hemming Fine Materials with the Foot Hemmer

The Adjustable Hemmer

How to Adjust the Hemmer for Hems of Various Widths

How to Insert the Material in the Adjustable Hemmer

Hemming Soft Material

How to Prepare a Hem on Table Linen

Making a Wide Hem with the Adjustable Hemmer

The Practical Use of the Tucker

The Parts of the Tucker and Their Uses

The Tuck Guide

The Tuck Scale

The Tuck Guide Adjusting Screw

The Space Scale Adjusting Screw

The Marking Lever

The Tucker

Where to Oil the Tucker

To Attach the Tucker to the Machine

How to Adjust the Scales on the Tucker

Where to Insert the Material to be Tucked

How to Tuck Silk or Chiffon

How to Make Fine Tucks and Cross Tucking

Cross Tucking

The Ruffler

The Many Practical Uses of the Ruffler

The Parts of the Ruffler and Their Uses


Fork Arm

Adjusting Screw


Adjusting Lever

Adjusting Finger

Separator Guide

Ruffling Blade

Separator Blade

Oiling the Ruffler

Attaching the Ruffler to the Machine

To Adjust the Ruffler for Gathering

Inserting the Material in the Ruffler and Making a Plain Gather

Making a Ruffle and Sewing It to the Garment at One Operation

A Facing May be Added at the Same Time the Ruffle is Made

Applying Rows of Ruffles to a Garment

Adjusting the Ruffler for Plaiting

To Adjust the Ruffler for Group Plaiting and Gathering

How to Test the Ruffle for Fullness

How to Slide the Gathers on the Thread

Finishing a Ruffled Seam with Binding

Finishing a Ruffle with a French Seam

Plaited Lace or Ribbon

The Electric Sewing Machine

Types of Electric Sewing Machines

Featherweight Portable Electric Machines

Singer 221-1

Portable Electric Chain Stitch Machine

Class 24-80

Electric Cabinet Machines

Machine 2-1-2

Cabinet 48

Queen Anne Cabinet

Cabinet 47

Cabinet 50

Machine 15-87

Cabinet 41

Machine 66-8

Cabinet 49

Machine 99-13

The Sewing Stool

Electric Lights for Sewing Machines

The Singerlight

Singer No. 20 Machines

Fashion Aids

That Every Student Can Use

Other Singer Fashion Aids

Cloth Guide


Tubular Trimmer






Gauge Presser Foot

Hand Pinker


Ripper and Threader and Material Gripper





Cording Foot

Singercraft Guide

Gathering Foot

Accessories for the Sewing Room

Singer Electric Scissors

Singer Electric Iron

Singer Cord Control

Relative Sizes of Needles and Thread

(Class and Variety of Needles Used)

Size of Needles

Classes of Work

Sizes of Cotton, Silk or Linen Thread


What a historically educational and delightful sewing machine instructional this is!


The antique and vintage Singer Featherlight attachments, etc., can be found on Atomic Mall quite readily. You just have to hunt a little bit! :)

The Spiral Bound Book Republication™ you will receive is representative of the types of handicraft expertise of earlier genteel and feminine American and European culture! If you're into nostalgia like I am you will have many hours of enjoyment recreating antique needlework items for yourself or others dear to your heart just the way your great-grandmothers did!

You will appreciate the attention taken in providing a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that you will use for many years to come. This information has been scanned at a high resolution and electronically revamped to provide you with the very best hardcopy reproduction. Unlike other reproduction sellers this is NOT a cheap, grainy photocopy! Our Spiral Bound Republication™ has so many more advantages over the original book.


What are the benefits of our antique book Spiral Bound Book Republications™

* Our products are produced with front and back covers of heavy stock paper.

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* Our spiral binding allows your book to lie flat during use for ease of viewing while working on your needlework projects.

* Our products do not cost a small fortune for you to obtain and enjoy.

* Every image and every page has been scanned to produce crystal clear images and you never have to deal with any crumbling old paper!

* These scans are enlarged to full-page dimensions for ease of viewing!

* You can gift these wonderful Victorian, Edwardian pattern book finds with family and friends!


Curious about the quality of this item Please contact me and I will forward an image for your own personal inspection! You will appreciate the attention we have taken in providing you with a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that will be use for many years to come...


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