Equipment/Sewing Machines

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Sewing machines
Sewing machine.jpg
Model Unknown
Sub-category Crafts
Last updated 14 October 2019 20:47:47
Consumables Unknown
Accessories Unknown
Training link Unknown
Owner Unknown
Origin Unknown
Location 1st Floor, Textiles room

Sewing Machines

Brother DB2-B755-3

Delivered July 2nd 2013 Requires:
Oil 1Ltr In Stock £7.50 (your machine requires 750-800ml)
142482-001 Stitch Dial In Stock £4.59
113280-001 Foot In Stock £5.90
100032-001 Plate Screw In Stock 39p each
145573-001 Kneelift Plunger In Stock £3.58
117132-001 Bobbin In Stock 55p each
100398-001 Stud (Due In Tomorrow 4-7-2013) £3.95
114294-001 Oil Seal 'O' Ring 99p
100267-001 Needle Plate In Stock £5.50

All the above from:

Degreasing of various parts inc bobbin etc due to splashes when moving. Mostly done 2-7-13 PaddyD
Manual here: Media:DB2-B755.pdf
Parts list here: Media:db2-b755pts.pdf
We are currently discussing possibilities for slowing down or speed controlling this machine.
According to the specs it does 5500 stitches per minute. Fine for a sweatshop but....
Best option probably large DC motor and pwm control; watch this space.
All the above parts were received and fitted Sept-ish 2013.
Confirmed as working fine by a few brave souls..

Brother XL-3600

Working as of July 2013. Instructions can be found on Brother's website here

Frister & Rossmann (antique)

A lovely accessible machine; sew as slow as you want! (It's hand crank operated). Cleaned up September 2019, just waiting on delivery of some new needles to make it operational. Further cleaning up and possibly a bobbin winder tyre replacement in the near future. This machine does not use 'standard' 15x needles and those won't fit, since the shank is too wide. Instead it is compatible with needles used in the "Singer 12 New Family Sewing Machine" type, 'Singer 12x' is a good search term to find compatible ones on eBay.

Toyota 2260

We have had an electric pedal operated Toyota 2260. It appears to not be operational anymore? Last update on it was someone tried to fix it with parts from another machine but it's entirely non-working now.

John Lewis Tiny Purple Machine

Broken as of July 2013. See this thread THIS IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT FABRICS ONLY. Absolutely NO denim (like jeans fabric) or heavy materials like that. As in the instructions: If needle does not go through fabric, do not force it.


Also of note: It has quite a wide "free arm" - it's pretty much useless for anything small and tubular (like edges of sleeves or very small bags/pouches if you understand that).

Instruction Manual

These thumbnail pictures should help you start using the machine. It's mostly straight forward if you have the instructions in front of you. PLEASE remember to put the instruction manual back in the box so the next person can read it and learn how to wind a bobbin and thread the machine correctly. With the instructions it's easy-peasy to use.

Purple Machine: How to use Presser Foot & Wind Bobbin pt 1
Purple Machine: Loading the bobbin
Purple Machine: Threading the Machine
Purple Machine: Changing Needle and Thread Tension

Location of Extra Bobbins

They're in the box of random thread & haberdashery bits in the drawer directly underneath the cabinet sewing machine cabinet section.


Janome MS2522

Janome MS2522

We have two Janome MS2522 (Limited Edition). Both were missing certain parts, which have been acquired by niblitoff. The model appears similar to the HS2200.

"Trained" Users

People who are willing to show others how to use the sewing machines. Does not guarantee they won't stop you from hurting yourself or damaging anything.

Who Sewing Machine Skills
Ciarán Toyota 2260 Very Basic
Akki John Lewis Basic
Will Brother XL-3600 Very Basic

Very Basic - Someone who can get the machine threaded. Able to run a stitch forwards and backwards. Basic - Can show how to use the other stitches and advise on thread tension etc.


Accessories for the sewing machine are quite haphazard.

  • There is a small selection of coloured thread, but bring your own to be certain of getting the right colour.
  • We do not currently possess fabric scissors/shears.
  • There are some boxes of random buttons and beads
  • There is a tape measure

The following may be out of date: We have the following in stock to be used with the sewing machine. I will find a box for all this to go in, it should all be kept together

  • Needles - Hand and Machine (Leather and "normal") - various sizes
  • Black Thread
  • Pins
  • Seam Ripper


Things Needed

  • A box to keep sewing stuff in!

Tamsin's List of Nice to have's

  • Chalk or marking pencils
  • Elastic
  • Zips
  • Buttons, poppers, hooks n eyes
  • interfacing - What's this?! -- Ciarán
    • Interfacing is used to strengthen fabric. It's like an inner-layer material - shirt collars or waistbands would use it, and comes in different weights Phae 09:41, 11 August 2010 (UTC)