Wednesday, January 7, 2009


  1. I hope you will keep the blog going, I love to hear about other milliners.

    Looks like you are a pro with the straw sewing machine! I need to learn much more on that department and for the moment my straw sewing machine is gathering dust!

  2. Hi Lola,

    It's me again :-)

    Lately I've been trying to figure out how my straw braid sewing machine works, and part of my research has been to look at old Patents. My machine is Italian and it looks like it was built in the fifties, and it has a lever next to the tension disks.

    I was looking today again at the pictures of your lovely vintage machine and I see it has a similar device to improve tension and it looks exactly like one that was patented in 1884!

    Here is a link to the patent in question:

    I like very much the text part of the patent because it explains how when sewing the button the stitches are closer together which means that the tension has to be tighter. As you probably already know the lever allows you to quickly change from a tighter tension (for the button) to a looser tension (for the rest of the hat)... I hope you enjoy looking at this old patent!