i just picked up a old singer model 111w153 in a trade has any one ever used one for reupholstering a car i currently was using a non walking foot machine just trying to get a idea of what thread and needles i should use thanks geo :)
07-22-2012 05:32 PM
Most industrial walking foot machines are clones of the original Singer 111W. Thread should be at least size 69, either nylon or polyester, but I prefer to do most sewing with size 92 polyester. That is just a personal preference, because polyester stands up to UV rays better and is more color fast than nylon. They are both equally strong, but polyester is more expensive than nylon. The thread should be bonded which means it has a lubricant built into it to go through the machine smoother.
The needles you need are needle system 135 X 17, and you will need at least size 16 to sew with size 69 thread. Personally, I would not use less than size 18 needles for size 69 thread. I do most of my sewing with size 22 needles, because that allows me to sew up to size 138 thread without switching needles.
07-22-2012 06:51 PM
thanks i will use that im using a different machine right now and have not had a chance to sew with the 111 the one i have does not have a walking foot making it reel hard sewing pleats i am almost done i will p[post some pics thanks for the info very much geo
07-29-2012 01:51 PM
thanks for the info again i just got the machine home yesterday still trying to get it to sew right keeps breaking the thread so we our playing still