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Predominately regarding regular low shank.  It does show a modern walking foot and mentions the penguin foot.  Lots of fun to look at a variety of feet from glass feet to the walking foot.  Includes some zigzaggers and buttonholers. 
http://www.watkinsr.id.au/PresserFeet.html

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Thank you for sharing Janey, I've only scanned quickly through it but it looks very informative and scholarly!
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An amazing, well done document.
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But perhaps he should have called it, "Singer Sewing Machine Presser-Feet" -- since almost every example he gives is of Singer feet, and his conclusions about the early standardization of feet only apply to Singers.  And...  instead of relying on photographs in old catalogs, perhaps he could have solicited pictures of actualy, you know, presser feet.  I'm sure someone here (or any other S.M. forum) would have been happy to oblige!
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Thanks, Janey.   This info is a good start for me to understand the mechanics of how these feet work.
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I only found this forum a couple of days ago.
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But perhaps he should have called it, "Singer Sewing Machine Presser-Feet" -- since almost every example he gives is of Singer feet, and his conclusions about the early standardization of feet only apply to Singers.  And...  instead of relying on photographs in old catalogs, perhaps he could have solicited pictures of actualy, you know, presser feet.  I'm sure someone here (or any other S.M. forum) would have been happy to oblige!

Thank you for the comments. Much appreciated. I have found the manuals section of this forum and looked at different designs, and I may change the article in consequence.
I am also considering adding more rufflers, so I will probably take you up on your offer of photos. (The advantage of self-publishing is that I can change things in line with suggestions and new ideas.)

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Heh.  Somehow, even in this age-of-internet, it didn't really occur to me that you might show up here one of these days.  :-)   It is a great paper you wrote -- and as you say, quite a neglected subject.

Since I'm mainly interested in older machines, I always notice the variations of the simple feet:  from a simple plate fixed to the bottom of the presser foot bar with a hole in the middle, to replaceable (in various forms:  metal, glass), to slotted, sometimes with a "side entry" slot for feet that need to swing sideways, to forked with different length arms, and of course sometimes with a pivot, so the foot can ride over lumps better.  There have been reasons for all of those variations, and every time I start sewing on a machine and need to get used to its foot, I end up thinking about the engineering history behind that very simple feature.  And of course those features didn't evolve linearly.  New England machines had a pivoted foot, necessitated by its walking action, and my 1871 New Family has a forked foot with unequal arms.

(It's the feet with just a hole for the needle that I always shake my head over.  It makes logical sense, in that it's the bare minimum design, but a slot is so much more convenient!)

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I only found this forum a couple of days ago.

Thank you for the comments. Much appreciated. I have found the manuals section of this forum and looked at different designs, and I may change the article in consequence.
I am also considering adding more rufflers, so I will probably take you up on your offer of photos. (The advantage of self-publishing is that I can change things in line with suggestions and new ideas.)


Welcome to our little corner of sewing machine heaven!  Great write up!

1, We should put a link to this in the VENDOR/SUPPLIER/RESOURCE listing
2. Would you mind if I downloaded your PDF and linked it directly in the manuals section as well?

Thanks again.
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Welcome to our little corner of sewing machine heaven!  Great write up!

1, We should put a link to this in the VENDOR/SUPPLIER/RESOURCE listing
2. Would you mind if I downloaded your PDF and linked it directly in the manuals section as well?
Steve


Hi Steve,
You should hold off for a while, because the article is just a draft and I am going to add to it; should be done in a day or two.

Actually, I have already added to it and have a later version on my web site that includes Singer style boxes. But I haven't given a link to it because I posted a link (on another forum) and found the entire thread was deleted because "members are not permitted to direct other members to their own or affiliated sites/links". So can I give links to my web site on this forum? I would hate to be deleted again!
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That's why you were directed to this site, so you could post links that would be of interest regarding vintage and antique machines, no matter whose.  And as Steve said, he can post it in the manuals section.  Or the other place to post, that he mentioned, can be found at https://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/vendorsupplierresource-listing-7894751

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Yeah, you have to work pretty hard at it to get kicked off this board.  We started this site because of exactly that kind of manipulative and restrictive treatment on other boards
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Who wants to guess which forum is being referred to?
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Yeah, you have to work pretty hard at it to get kicked off this board.  We started this site because of exactly that kind of manipulative and restrictive treatment on other boards

I guessed that was so from the terms and conditions, but still it is good to have it confirmed.

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We have terms and conditions? Nobody ever tells me anything............

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We have terms and conditions? Nobody ever tells me anything............
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Basically "You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person�s privacy, or otherwise volatile of any law."
But apparently I can violate when I feel like it!

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Giggle. I'm a female.
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Basically "You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person�s privacy, or otherwise volatile of any law."
But apparently I can violate when I feel like it!


*Chuckling*

I was kidding, I know the rules here and break them about as often as anyone else does. I've also been banned from the other forum lol. Welcome to VSS!

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In order to become a senior member of VSS do I have to arrange to be banned by the other forum?
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In order to become a senior member of VSS do I have to arrange to be banned by the other forum?


[biggrin][rofl]
No, just make lots of posts! [comp]

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I have posted a link to my second edition of this article as a separate thread. Probably unnecessary, but I wanted any discussion to start afresh.
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Very cool. Thank you.
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