Non Electric Sewing Machines
For over one hundred years sewing machines were on the whole non electric. These machines were built as solid work horses, they were built to last and many have! Most are hand cranked but some are what are known as Treddle machines (driven by foot!). Many manufactures made machines the key three being Singer, Jones and Fisher Rossmann.
Machines are either Shuttle type of Bobbin. (This is how the under stich is achieved). Shuttle ones have a shuttle that looks a bit like a bullet. These work well but are on the whole earlier than the bobbin and not as easy to get parts or replace. The bobbin is now more wide spreed.
At Before Digital the majority of machines are checked and lubed before being sold, ocassionaly we sell machines for restoration.