Singer 319K presser feet and needles

So now onto the other bits and bobs.

The 319K uses a shorter needle than other machines. If you use a normal needle it will bang on the bobbin casing and break so you need one called a 206×13. I bought a box of a hundred and have now started using a new needle for each new project instead of only changing it if I break one, which by the way is what you should do too!

It also needs a shallower bobbin than more common machines and you can see the difference in these two pictures

There was an unassuming black box with an assortment of feet I knew how to use and some I didn’t. The odd ones are below

The top thing is a ruffler the next row has a satin stitch foot for zig zag stitching, a button foot (for holding a button on the fabric while you cleverly stitch from hole to hole to sew it on) and a straight stitch foot. The bottom row has a free motion foot, a rolled hem foot and a bias tape foot.

I use the ordinary-ish feet as well as the rolled hem foot, the button foot and the bias tape foot. I have played with the ruffler but it scared me! The free motion foot is very cool for doing random quilting but harder to make very planned things like letters and shapes due to my lack of skill.

Here are some close ups. The scroll-y bit rolls the fabric over itself so you can sew a very narrow hem without having to press it once then fold it over and press it again to hide the raw edge. It is great for hemming lightweight fabrics and net as you would for summer skirts and tops or ballerina tutus.

This one sews folded bias tape to the edge of a piece of fabric in one step. You can see a how it works here and here

There is even more… A box of cams to make a gazillion different patterns with thread

So after all that maybe you can see why I was so excited about finding this beauty. I’ve sewn more adventurous garments since I got her and I sew more neatly, more carefully and with more attention to detail than I did on my old (modern) machine. I often use three different feet on one project and the things I sew look better than they used to. I feel that the Singer has some knowledge and skill all of her own and I just add to it with my ever improving skills.

Whatever kind of machine you have, try to get to know it well by sewing and sewing and sewing. Try out the different stitches and feet if it has more than one. The more you know about your machine the less daunting it is to work with it and teh more you will want to sew!

There is nothing worse than starting each sewing job with dread or fear that it won’t be easy because the machine is bound to do something to scupper you. In my experience of machine-driven frustration it has more often than not been user error more than the machine being wrong.

About ten years ago Mr G used to say he didn’t know why I tried sewing anything because it made me so mad; now he is amazed that I can whip up a gift like the bucket without too much bother. The only thing that has changed is that I kept getting the machine out and kept trying to work out how it worked and kept on sewing. Most people don’t get better at doing anything by avoiding doing it, know what I mean?

Nowadays you can find a lot of help with sewing online. Anything from threading your machine to adjusting tension to oiling and cleaning your machine is out there to see on youtube.

So get your machine out and get sewing. For a good start have a look at sewingmamas.com and go to their free tutorial section. The step by step pictures showing you how to put things together are so much easier to work with than a paper pattern and written instructions written in secret sewing code so give it a go.

Happy sewing.

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14 Comments to “Singer 319K presser feet and needles”

  1. Hi, I see that you are in the UK, as am I. Please could you tell me where you were able to find 206×13 needles? I have a 306K and a 319K and have been unsuccessful in locating a UK source for those particular needles. I hope you enjoy your lovely sewing machine! Thanks very much and kindest regards, Dianne B. in England x

    • Hi Dianne

      I’ve had the machine for a year now and I’m sure I bought needles from sewingmachine-sales.co.uk but they don’t seem to have them listed any more. I am running low now and have found some at http://www.college-sewing.co.uk/index.html so perhaps you could try there?

      I wanted to do these couple of posts about the machine because when I got it and searched online for more information what I found was a few pictures and a lot of people also asking about it!

      I just peeked at your blog and I too would have made an exception for a 66K lotus design πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your information with me. I tried to order from the website you gave me, but they say they don’t carry them anymore. I have written to the UK division manager for Schmetz to see if he can help. If I hear anything positive, I will let you know! Thanks again for your help! πŸ™‚

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    ~ What?! Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean the machine isn’t out to get me! You haven’t seen what it can do when faced with a sewing deadline and a woman with no patience.

  4. I meant to quote your bit before the comment above, but the PC machine omitted it:

    “There is nothing worse than starting each sewing job with dread or fear that it won’t be easy because the machine is bound to do something to scupper you.”

    (See! I told you! It’s a conspiracy between the sewing machine and the PC!)

  5. My mouth just gapes in awe. So far I have killed 3 machines and am not on speaking terms with No 4. Minx outgrew the ice-skating dress I attempted well before I managed to piece much of it together. After all the pinning and tacking the hems of each piece, then all the pinning and tacking together those tacked pieces and THEN getting the machine out I couldn’t help thinking I would have got the job done quicker it I’d hand-made the whole damned thing.

    I agree that I suffer greatly from user-error and that familiarity with the beast would produce better results but I also feel I should recognize that I am harbouring the discontented spirit of a Luddite and that I really should stick to little felty things in blanket stitch.

    Huge respect to anyone who can ‘do’ sewing machines.

  6. Hi

    I too am a vintage sewing machine lady – mine is a Husqvarna Viking 21E, also from 1957. It was my mum’s 16th birthday present and it’s a cool metallic green. It does wondrous things with lots of cogs, most of which I haven’t yet tried out. My machine also uses those slim bobbins – Husqvarna sells them if you ever need more. I also have a 40+ years old Singer Capri. Happy sewing!

    • Oh hello πŸ™‚ Old machines are beauties to sew on aren’t they? I have about 20 bobbins; it’s needles I’m having trouble with despite spreading feelers our on two continents!

  7. Hi again

    Did you ever get hold of the needles you needed? I thought you must be Oxford-ish based (as I am) as you have the Oxford HE group on your blog sidebar. I recently had my old Singer machine mended/serviced by K & L Sewing Machines at Sandy Lane. They’re Singer specialists and I just thought they might know where to source your needles. They also mended my 1957 Husqvarna – highly recommended. Hope this is helpful!

    • Hi

      I haven’t yet bought another large batch of needles but I did buy a green 319k from a lady in Exmouth last week (with 10 needles…) which I bid for on Ebay. We were going down that way camping over half term so it didn’t seem too bonkers to bid Β£30 for it! I used to work just around the corner from K&L but didn’t know they were there; I’ll ring them and see if they have any suggestions although I am also going to ask my American neighbour if I can get All Brands box of Β£100 delivered to her mum’s house in California so that she can bring them back for me when she goes over there in the summer.

      Methinks I should probably get a more ‘normal’ vintage machine at some point or just go back to sewing on my 1990s Frister and Rossman which lives in the car.

  8. Thanks for the idea of looking on Ebay for needles.
    Question: I was wondering as the new needles seem the same length – what would you (or other sewers who have old machine) think if I took a pack of needles and had the tips ground down a bit – as a last resort.
    I’m making a wish … as my 87 yr old father wants to give this machine away as a gift on 5 Dec 2010 to the youngest grandchild and it would be nice to have at least one or two needles to go with it.
    [I am an ex-sewer and I enjoyed using three old machines recently sewing curtains as a volunteer. By far the nicest machine was an ex trundle Singer. However when I lifted the reverse lever – something happened inside and it would not sew forward again. I am saving to have it repaired – as I hate borrowing something and returning it broken. I feel sad about this – and even sadder when hanging the curtains the ladder leg collapsed sending me crashing down.]

    • I wouldn’t think messing about grinding needles would be a worthwhile thing to do. If you are desperate you could cut out the top of the bobbin casing like this one which should enable you to use the machine with a modern needle.

      I hope that helps

  9. Hi Beth

    Do you know what the model number of the machine is? If you can find a plate with two letters and a long number on it somewhere on the machine you can use this to identify it on the Singer Website. Once you know what model the machine is, you can identify the missing part and it will be easier to track down. Without knowing what kind of machine you have I can’t say which bit you are missing as I don’t know what you mean by ‘bobbin under the needle’.

    I hope that helps a bit and if you can find the model number I hope I can help you a bit more.

  10. Thanks for your comment on my 319k post – lovely to see your beautiful machines too! Isn’t it just a fabulous machine to work with? Feels so smooth and solid. Great to know there are more our there being loved πŸ™‚

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