With vintage clothing styles becoming more popular, many sewists are trying out these classic styles by making garments on their Juki sewing machines. New patterns might be fine; however, it can be so much fun to find old, original patterns to work from when making clothes on sewing machines like the great Juki HZL-F600.
If this sounds like something you’d like to try, consider the following details about vintage sewing patterns that can help you understand how to use them and where to find them.
What Are Vintage Sewing Patterns?
Vintage sewing patterns are original garment patterns and instructions dating back to the time when paper patterns for sewing machines were first produced and sold. The oldest patterns available are those made in the late 19th Century by the Ellen Curtis Demorest Company. They were made for specific sizes and circulated in fashion magazines that included the pattern image and sewing instructions.
Later, Butterick began selling tissue paper patterns marked with notches and holes that had instruction sheets included. In the 20th Century, pattern companies began making actual printed patterns that included instructions for multiple sizes.
Vintage vs. Re-Issue
In your search for true vintage patterns to sew using your Juki HZL-F600, you may come across actual vintage patterns made prior to the 20th Century or re-issues of vintage patterns. The main differences between the two are that original patterns were not printed in ink and were made for only one specific size. Any pattern printed in ink or designed for multiple sizes is a reissue and may be slightly different from the original garment pattern.
How Do You Use Vintage Patterns?
Because vintage patterns were designed with notches and holes as the only markers and no printing on the paper, you must understand what each mark in the tissue paper means. It is best that you be experienced in using modern patterns when sewing garments on Juki sewing machines so you have a better understanding of the physical marks in the vintage patterns.
Knowing how to adjust patterns for size are the most difficult factors to consider when using vintage patterns. A good way to learn the differences in these patterns is to start with re-issued patterns and learn how to read them, then move back to original issue patterns.
Where Can You Buy Vintage Sewing Patterns?
Vintage patterns are not as hard to find as you may think. The easiest places to find them are on sites like eBay, Etsy, and others that offer vintage items and collectibles. The other places to find both vintage and reissue patterns for sewing with your Juki HZL-F600 is from online sewing shops that specialize in vintage patterns, fabric, and sewing accessories.
Some of the more popular names with the widest selections include Rusty Zipper, Eva Dress Patterns, and Jaycotts. Flea markets and yard sales are also great sources of vintage patterns.
If you are looking for a fun challenge that will help you gain new skills, consider using vintage patterns for making unique clothing on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL-F600. If you take the time to learn how to read and use these patterns, you can expect great success in making vintage-style garments with your sewing machine that can bring back memories of years gone by!