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Thread: Monogrammer Cams.

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    Monogrammer Cams.

    Interested in monogrammer cams for Singer or Sears monogrammer attachments. Have half the alphabet, problem is that they are not available in the UK. I have spare letters, if anyone interested I will swap one for one. Mine were purchased from USA through E-bay. Cost of cams was fine but postage to UK, through E-bay, has been around $30 for a single cam weighing a couple of ounces.
    The cams I'm looking for are the long rectangular ones, they are also interchangeable with the Sears Kenmore attachment.

    I have 9 machines now, all thrift/charity shop purchases, Singer slant machines (G), Newhome, Jones, Brother, all steel geared and working well. My latest buy was a 1400 series Kenmore (cost me an arm and a leg postage through E-bay USA-UK but well worth it). A growing collection of Singer, Simanco presser feet, must try some of the la-de-dah ones out sometime.

    I keep looking at quilting but no quite ready for it yet. Still trying to perfect making Victorian detachable collars in Egyptian cotton, unless anybody knows of a better suited fabric.

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    I keep looking at quilting but no quite ready for it yet. Still trying to perfect making Victorian detachable collars in Egyptian cotton, unless anybody knows of a better suited fabric.
    Would love to see some of your work! I believe the E C is perfect for what you are doing.

    Will keep an eye out for cams.
    Maria
    Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

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    Thank you Maria from Tennessee, quite a demand for detachable collar. I live very near Beamish Museum www.beamish.org.uk
    , open air with rebuilt period buildings and costumed workers. How long we remain in EC is anybodies guess.. I have just taken delivery of a 404 Quilter Professional (£249 inc tax) computerised but what a difference in build to my old Singers and the old Kenmore. Don't think it will survive as long. I was attracted by the inbuilt alphabet. I will in time try to put some photographs on here but still having trouble navigating and understanding Blogs. "Gan canny",as they say round here. Joshua

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    Joshua, I believe Maria typed "E C" to mean "Egyptian Cotton".

    You are certainly correct about the differences between the old machines and new. I wouldn't want to part with either, but if push comes to shove the ones to bank on are the oldies with lots of metal.

    If you haven't checked Etsy for the cams, that's randomly a source for vintage machine accessories. I found a number of Bernina cams there. I will keep an eye out for the cams. Which letters are you missing?

    If you're serious about monogramming, an embroidery machine would be much more rewarding, IMO. Even a lower-end Brother embroidery machine will make a much more beautiful monogram than any sewing machine, and in versatile sizes. It will also do other fancy embroidery, of course, and you may find yourself taking on a whole new hobby, as I did about 2 years ago.

    Of course, if you have the patience and skill you can learn to do freehand satin stitch embroidery and monogramming with a zig-zag machine. In 1966 I watched a sewing machine salesman demonstrating this technique on a brand new White zigzag. He made it look extremely easy, but then I tried it.

    Here's a video by Clare Rowley that shows the basics. She makes a ridiculous statement that a 3 yr-old could have fun with this - no, no, no and no - sorry, that's just nuts! The video is extremely slow getting started and she's pushing her products, but I didn't find a better demonstration or one on a vintage machine. Interestingly, she mentions that "we used to" be able to adjust the zigzag width while sewing. Those of us with old zigzags still have that option. With her skills, you could do it on a straight stitcher. You could slide this to the halfway point if you just want to watch the embroidery part and miss the cute doggie and other asides. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDzwY5nJZp4
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    Thanks Rose P, i did think she meant European Community, so much Brexit on all news at the moment. I am using Egyptian cotton fabric. I had tried freehand lettering after watching a video. The video looked so easy, a fast running machine, and little explanation. The video you linked has given me new inspiration. I will practice with my new computerised machine as it has a slow speed setting. Once confident I will revert to my old machines, as you say they are a lot stronger having survived 40/50 even 60 years. As an old aged pensioner I do have all the time in the world to practice.
    A lifetime interest in words and lettering, this is brilliant way of spreading my interest. There is a lot of "steam-punks" about now, another group that may be interested in having items monogrammed. The machine I bought has only one font, one size, but it does have speed adjustment. My foot pedal control is not brilliant, I did read a thread on here about knee controllers; at times the pedal ends up on the table but it leaves me with only one hand free. I will save toward a machine such as Brother, Singer, Janome etc.
    Many thanks again, your reply has encouraged me to try again at freehand work.
    Joshua
    Last edited by JoshuaJames; 05-04-2019 at 12:37 AM.

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