Dating a white sewing machine

30-Jan-2020 07:22

Notice that they have kind of a zig-zaggy look to them, as if the green threads are taken from one side of the leaf over to the next, and couched down, before continuing back to the other side – like a couched surface satin stitch. The bobbin thread that holds the colored threads down is white, perhaps to save on the colored threads, perhaps to save on time (if the bobbin thread is always white, you don’t have to switch to a different bobbin when switching to different colors of threads on the top).You can also see a long white thread carrying from the large purple flower at the top of the photo to the purple flower to the lower left on the photo.I think most people who are familiar with hand embroidery and have some knowledge of textiles in general can tell the difference.

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Eventually, in the early 1900’s, Singer developed an embroidery machine with multiple heads.

And, of course, those who enjoy the satisfaction and quality of hand-stitching still use them the "old-fashioned" way.

Embroidery transfers have been available from many, many different companies for well over a hundred years.

You might not be able to see that so well, but if you click on the photo and enlarge it, it’s a little clearer that each dark stitch actually looks more like two stitches.

Notice, too, that the satin stitched dots that make up the center of the flower are all connected.

Eventually, in the early 1900’s, Singer developed an embroidery machine with multiple heads.

And, of course, those who enjoy the satisfaction and quality of hand-stitching still use them the "old-fashioned" way.

Embroidery transfers have been available from many, many different companies for well over a hundred years.

You might not be able to see that so well, but if you click on the photo and enlarge it, it’s a little clearer that each dark stitch actually looks more like two stitches.

Notice, too, that the satin stitched dots that make up the center of the flower are all connected.

The argument could be made that it’s hand embroidery, done like undersided couching, but I think it is more likely machine embroidery.