Category: sewing

Sewing DIY Cloth Surgical-style Face Masks

This mask design fits very well. It is double layer cotton, with a space between for filter material. The nose bridge has a metal insert for forming around your nose. Straps go around your neck and head. Photo1 by Don Tai

This mask design fits very well. It is double layer cotton, with a space between for filter material. The nose bridge has a metal insert for forming around your nose. Straps go around your neck and head. Photo1 by Don Tai

We don’t as yet have an epidemic with the corona virus CoVid-19, from originally from Wuhan, China, but i thought it prudent to research how to sew up some surgical-style face masks, just in case. These home made masks can possibly match the surgical-style mask.

Preventing a Hat-astrophy

Wasabi Baseball Hat did not make it safely through the washing machine. Finally the logo patch was sewn onto the donor Maple Leaf hat. Photo 3 by Don Tai

Wasabi Baseball Hat did not make it safely through the washing machine. Finally the logo patch was sewn onto the donor Maple Leaf hat. Photo 3 by Don Tai

My dear neighbour gave me an urgent call. It seemed that she had put her baseball hat in the washing machine and the machine chewed it up and spit it out. All that was left was the “Wasabi” logo. She brought over the logo patch and wanted it sewn onto a Canada baseball hat. Ok then, let’s prevent a Hat-astrophy!

Imperial Sewing Machine User Manual: Index

Imperial sewing machine, model 535: I have the owner’s manual for free non-commercial use download. Do you have an Imperial user manual you could share?

Readers have been kind and have donated Imperial Sewing Machine user manuals to me, so I can share them for free non-commercial use. The list is growing, though I would like more. If you have one, please consider donating an electronic copy to me. I will clean it up and host it for free non-commercial download.

Imperial Sewing Machine Model 163M User Manual

Imperial Sewing Machine, Model 163M, from Pat Holland, Canada

Imperial Sewing Machine, Model 163M, from Pat Holland, Canada

Thanks goes out to Pat Holland, who graciously donated this Imperial Sewing Machine model 163M user manual to the internet. This took effort in taking a lot of photos of her machine and user manual. This machine is probably about 50 years old. Thanks, Pat!

Imperial Sewing Machine, Model 163M, from Pat Holland, Canada, photo 1

Imperial Sewing Machine, Model 163M, from Pat Holland, Canada, photo 1

Imperial Sewing Machine, Model 163M, from Pat Holland, Canada, Photo 2

Imperial Sewing Machine, Model 163M, from Pat Holland, Canada, Photo 2

Imperial Sewing Machine, Model 163M, from Pat Holland, Canada. Side View, photo 3

Imperial Sewing Machine, Model 163M, from Pat Holland, Canada. Side View, photo 3

Adidas Evolution Running Shoe Repair: Tonguectomy and Toe Cap Cut

Adidas Evolution EVN 791001 in white, tonguectomy and repair of leather split near the little toe. Toronto, Canada. Photo 1 by Don Tai

Adidas Evolution EVN 791001 in white, tonguectomy and repair of leather split near the little toe. Toronto, Canada. Photo 1 by Don Tai

She has a pair of Adidas Evolution EVN 791001 leather running shoes, but the tongue was too thick and there was a cut in the leather on the toe cap, left foot and near the baby toe, D5. Here is how I repaired it. These shoes are made in China but are solidly built. Unfortunately there was some quality control issues with the split leather.

Shoe Tonguectomy

Imperial Sewing Machine Model 676 User Manual

Imperial sewing machine model 676, owned by Rachel Ryan, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada

Imperial sewing machine model 676, owned by Rachel Ryan, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada

My buddy Cameron Baily in Powell River, BC, Canada, found this Imperial Sewing Machine Model 676 user manual in a local store. He was gracious enough to digitize it for me. I am able to add this sewing machine manual, along with my other Imperial sewing machine manuals, for free download. The documentation also includes instructions for a sewing machine cabinet, important information, and a warranty card. Did you know the Imperial 676 has a 20 year warranty on parts? Wow, though that probably expired in the mid 1980s! This machine is probably about 50 years old. Thanks, Cameron!

Imperial Sewing Machine Model 703: Threading path

Imperial swing machine model 703, circa 1950, Saskatchewan, Canada, threading guidelines

Imperial swing machine model 703, circa 1950, Saskatchewan, Canada, threading guidelines

Morag’s Imperial sewing machine model 703 has a side threading path and no manual, so I though I’d help her out as best I can. As this is a circa 1950 machine it would be difficult to find a manual after 67 years! She had previously asked how to fill her bobbin.

Vintage Sewing Machines: Filling the Bobbin

Vintage Paramount sewing machine: How to fill the bobbin

Vintage Paramount sewing machine: How to fill the bobbin

Morag wrote me to ask how to fill the bobbin of her vintage Imperial sewing machine model 703. I could not find a photo of a front facing Imperial 703, but found a similar Paramount. Nevertheless filling the bobbin is common among most sewing machines, though the parts might be in slightly different places.

Filling the bobbin is necessary for any sewing machine. The bobbin needs to be filled with even and the right amount of thread tension, or your sewing line will come out uneven. Otherwise filling the bobbin is pretty easy.

Warm Sock Design for Sensitive Skin

Traditional socks, top, with the good side outside, serged seams on the inside. Socks for sensitive skin, bottom, good side on the inside, serged seams on the outside. Are you confused yet? Toronto, Canada. Photo1 by Don Tai.

Traditional socks, top, with the good side outside, serged seams on the inside. Socks for sensitive skin, bottom, good side on the inside, serged seams on the outside. Are you confused yet? Toronto, Canada. Photo1 by Don Tai.

Take for granted, we do, something that is, literally, low on the prestige scale of clothing. At least shoes are on the outside, with their shiny leather, and can be seen and noticed. Socks are hidden by pant legs and shoes, far from drawing attention to themselves. In the summer socks are eschewed altogether. How is that for gratitude? This is one downtrodden product. Big Weed has sensitive skin, and when I started making fleece socks she told me the design was all wrong for her. She wanted something she could not buy. I was intrigued.

Imperial Deluxe Zig Zag User Manual

Imperial Deluxe Zigzag sewing machine, front view, Powell River, BC, Canada

Imperial Deluxe Zigzag sewing machine, front view, Powell River, BC, Canada

As the self-appointed custodian of Imperial sewing machine information on the Internet I have had the pleasure of meeting so many like minded nice people that would also like to help others. This is how the internet should work: To reach out and help others learn what you know. A reader has sent me his user manual for the Imperial DeLuxe Zig Zag sewing machine, and I thank him for his contribution. It is free for your download.