Manual sewing machine - a little helper
A sewing machine is useful even in the house where they do not sew professionally, but only periodically resort to its help. In this case, there is not much point in acquiring an expensive device, and it will be quite enough if you have a hand-held sewing machine or a mini device at hand.
You can purchase an older, but working model, or a miniature one, which is also inexpensive. Not bad proved Podolskaya machine, Singer and compact Handy Stich.
Podolskaya machine - used to be in every home
Once the domestic machine from Podolsk was in almost every Soviet family, so the plant did not slow down and produced almost a half million devices every year. First there was a hand-operated sewing machine, and later - foot models.
By the way, the history of the production of machines began in 1900, although then the plant was built by an American Singer (American Singer), and after a little more than a quarter of a century the company nationalized, and the machine received the name Podolskaya, and became a domestic product.
At that time, two models were produced - "Podolsk" and "The Seagull", but both were far from ideal - often failed, and it was impossible to sew complex fabrics on them. However, by the 60s, the Podolskaya machine became better and better equipped - a thread tensioning device appeared, a reverse stroke and the ability to make several lines at once.
But in the 90s, she somewhat lost ground, as import models began to appear more and more often. However, this old sewing machine has been preserved by many housewives, which confirms its reliability and efficiency.
For more than a decade and a half in Podolsk, neither the machine of the same name nor the Seagulls has been released, so it will not be possible to purchase a new device, but to buy a fully functional working “horse” from the hands is quite real. Moreover, the reviews about them are quite positive, and according to statistics, there are still about a million of them, so you can find something worthwhile.
The detailed instruction is attached to the device, but without it it would not be difficult to understand the operation of the mechanism. As for the price, the Podolsk workaholic will cost about 2500-3000 rubles on average.
Singer - a machine with a world name
The Zinger plant in Podolsk and other Russian cities produced their products long before it was nationalized and the Podolskaya machine appeared. In fact, the merchant's manufactory existed five years after the abolition of serfdom!
But not only in the Russian Empire there were these factories, the Singer sewing machine was produced in Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Pakistan, Italy and other countries. And given that the manufacturer was a supplier of the Imperial Palace, it is not surprising that the devices were really high quality.
Later, there was hype around these devices - there was a rumor that older models had some parts made of precious metals. However, these stories so they remained. Also, interest in old models woke up when false information leaked out that owners of a device with a certain number would receive a huge monetary reward.
But this was due to the fact that once local merchants had the idea to produce counterfeit devices, however, in order to make it look like a prototype, it lacked a distinctive sign - an oval copper plate with the name of a manufactory.By the way, not a single fake even came close to the original in quality.
But if the device is already there and junk, and the instruction has sunk into oblivion, then perhaps you need a master who will fix this thing. In addition, today on the Internet, you can find instructions for almost all models, even very rare ones.
If the above devices for sewing fabrics are devices of full size and are suitable for many operations, there are several other models - mini. These are manual cars which perfectly cope with small repair and are very compact.
The price of such devices is quite acceptable, in addition, even eminent manufacturers do not shun the release of such models.
If you look at the rating, you can find the following products here:
- "Tailor" - a two-speed machine, equipped with a foot pedal. Outwardly, it resembles an ordinary sewing device, but in miniature.It can sew a double thread, performs any seams, can work both from the network and from AA batteries. Tailor worth about 1600-1800 rubles.
- The handy stitch sewing machine is another miniature assistant that has proven itself well. This machine can even take with you, if required. According to reviews, Handi Stitch is easy to use, has a stylish design, compact (weight only 350 g). It is often chosen as a gift. The price varies from 500 to 800 rubles.
- VLK Napoli 2100 - no less a worthy contender for the title of the best cars in the mini category. With its help you can not only repair clothes, but also sew things of small size. Often, this model is acquired for teaching sewing of children. The price does not exceed 1000 rubles.
- Manual sewing machine Zimber ZM-10918 - a device that, despite its compact size, is capable of performing 8 full-fledged operations. It has a rotary horizontal shuttle and a two-level lever for raising the foot. The price of such a mini-assistant is 400-500 rubles.
By the way, these babes are not able to fully perform the work of a regular sewing machine, however, they will always come to the rescue when minor troubles arise.
Often it is the devices of those times that deserve more positive feedback than the cars, just yesterday came off the assembly line. As for the mini devices, these are small helpers who, if they do not replace a full unit, will make life much easier.