About

Vogue 8975 for the Tessuti Jaywalk 2014 competition

Forty-six years old, living in Melbourne, Australia.  Mother of two daughters (aged eleven and seven years), wife, and part-time health professional.  I started my blog back in 2007 as an online journal to document and share my sewing and crochet – and anything else that I feel like including.  I’m not a “blogger” – I’m a sewer who blogs.  Mum gave me access to her sewing machine as a child and I started with doll’s clothes, and once in my teens I sewed many of my own clothes.  I learned to sew by following the instructions in the McCalls/Simplicity/Butterick etc patterns, and always had Mum to help our when needed.  My 21st birthday present was my own sewing machine.  Now that I have a dedicated sewing space I sew as often as I can find the opportunity.

If you are looking for information on OLD Pinnock sewing machines, please read through the comments below – there are a number of people who have generously offered to help those looking for instructions or for manuals.  Their email addresses or web pages are usually included.  If you do a google search for Pinnock sewing machine manuals you may be able to find some to buy online.  My Pinnock is an Exclusiv Plus from around 1989 and I am usually not able to help you out, sorry!

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  1. Hi,
    I hope you don’t feel this is too forward – I recently bought a sewing machine – a Pinnock circa 1950s. It has a little plaque on it saying Trendsetter Standard. Anywho, this is my first machine and I thought I would be able to remember how to thread a sewing machine from the days when I used to sew with my gramma, but sadly – I don’t. After much fruitless googling I came upon a comment you had made on another blog saying that your old Pinnock was still going strong. I was wondering if you had any tips or suggestions for where I might get a manual or any help at all really. I don’t want to make lavish creations – I just want to run up a few curtains and take up some hems, an dmaybe make some basic bits for my wee ones (girl 3, boy 5).
    Any help you can give this frazzled Brisvegas mum would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks and good thoughts,
    Marcelle

  2. Hi Marcelle

    I wondered if you had received an answer about how to thread the Pinnock Trendsetter Standard? I also have one and can’t figure it out. I got it of my neighbour though, so when she returns from overseas I’ll ask her. In the mean time I wondered if you’d had any luck. Regards, Hazel

  3. Hi Ladies,

    Hazel, I’ve forwarded your email to Marcelle. I’m about to search out my manual, but my machine is from the late 80s, so possibly will not be useful to you. Let me know how you get on!

    Lara

    • We inherited a Pinnock Trend Setter Sapphire sewing machine and you were kind enough to send a person a copy of your manual. I am the one who is computer literate – it’s my partner that is sewing literate :-). We were wondering if you would be kind enough to send us a copy also. Please let us know of any costs that may be incurred in this process and we would be happy to refund any said costs.

      Kind Regards, Peter

      • Hi I have just inherited a Pinnock Trendsetter sewing machine but do not have a instruction manual ,I have just found you on the internet and wondered if you could help. Thanking you Jenny Marshall

    • I have just been given an old Pinnock sewing machine without an instruction manual. I was wondering if you could please send me a copy also
      Kind regards
      Eve

  4. Hi all ;)
    I have a 1950’s/1960’s Pale Green Zig Zag Pinnock Sewing Machine…
    I spent all afternoon today, trying to thread/get the old duck to actually stitch – Very frustrating..
    Anyway, the reason I am adding to this discussion, is that my 88 year old dearest Grandmother is an EXPERT!! This is, after all her machine (I borrowed it!!) lol
    In any case, I am visiting her tommorrow and whilst I am there will get her to fix up whatever it is that I have done backwards to mine/hers ;)
    In the process I will document and take photos of just how she does it!!
    So if anyone still needs to know – please do not hesitate to ask – I should have the answer for you VERY soon!!! lol
    Trace ;)

    • Hi. Is this the Craftamatic model? I have just bought one and also need help! mine didnt come the accessories either, so Im wondering about the feet that are compatible, etc. to fit this machine. Mine is the pale green retro one which sounds like it could match yours! Please help, any info on this machine would be greatly valued! cheers.

  5. Hi there, I hope you don’t mind if i post here, I also have a pinnock, and am unsure how to thread it – this is the only place i have found that may have the solution! I would love to see the photos of how you thread it.
    thanks
    dee

  6. hi came across this site while searching for a manual for a old Pinnock sewing machine what im about to buy on ebay. I have had no luck whatsoever, would anyone be so kind and email me ,where i could find one
    Kind regards
    Dee

  7. Hi. Discovered you today when I thought to extend my links to fabric…….duh……
    I love your sewing room and have never heard of your Pinnock so I also learnt something new.
    I am in the prime of life [52] ha ha and have been married for 24 years. We have a 23 year old son who is a talented writer/computer problemsolver. We live in Randwick in Sydney so you are the closet person I have blogged.
    Got to get off now to read your back entries.

  8. Hi Jo,
    I’ll email you some information. My machine is from the late 80s – I hope that the instructions will be relevant! If your machine is older than that, drop an email to Soile (her address is in an earlier comment) who has kindly offered to scan her manual for anyone who needs it!
    Lara

    • OH someone else with a pinnock from the 80 s …would it be the concorde model ? i Have lost some of the feet for mine and am looking for a 1/4 inch quilting foot ..but where can i buy this ???

  9. yep i am a male, and i do the sowing, my wife cannot, i have a pinnock trendsetter sapphire and use it with no troubles and i figured out how to thread it, if any one requires pics or help, i am happy to help

  10. WOW….I also have a Pinnock Sewmatic machine prolly late 50,s and also need an instruction manual..I am having problems getting the lower tension correct. I would appreciate any help ..Thanks…

  11. Hi! I’m currently in possession of a Pinnock Trendsetter Standard.. but would like to sell it! I’d like it to go to a good home but have no idea about it’s worth/value etc. From browsing on the internet, they seem to be collectables. Can anyone help? Many thanks, Justine

  12. HI Lara

    Email me through my blog to send your postal details – so I can send you the Oriental Bloom Handbag Pattern that you have won – gee you are quick off the mark – I have been looking at your site and you are one busy woman!! –
    I would appreciate it if you could add me to your blog list – as I am trying to make a big effort with my blogging – new year resolution thingy! – Well now that I am doing my own patterns I thought I should step it up a gear .

    Anyway Congratulation on winning a pattern and I hope you have fun with it
    Cheers Tania

  13. I am so, so hopeful you can help me with this…I’m trying to make the fat bottom bag from Happy Hooker and it’s driving me nuts trying to reconcile rows 2&3…I’d say I’m ‘advanced beginner’ at this point, and I’d really like to make this bag. Row 2 is ok, I end up w/ 21 stitches as it says I should…then in row 3, I end up with an extra stitch from row 2 unstitched-in (or something to that effect;-) It says to hhdc in last 7 stitches but there’s 8 left, no many how many times I undo it and try again, I’ve drawn it out too and it just doesn’t work…can you tell me how to fix this? I’ve looked all over on line and you seem to have posted on this bag most recently; I also looked on Debbie Stoller’s website but the corrections on it are what actually appears in my book (I have the newest addition). Thanks so much if you’re able to help me –P.S. I’ve been looking for good crafting blogs and I’m adding yours to my bookmarks -it’s great!

  14. I wanted to write and let you know how very much I enjoy your blog! It is such a bright spot in my day. I have been so inspired by your crochet and sewing projects! I am going to attempt to make the Seashells and Posies Dress you made. It will be for my daughter, Hailey, 11 months. Yours turned out beautiful! I’m also going to attempt the Boteh scarf after seeing how wonderful yours have turned out. I love the Interweave Crochet magazines, but seeing a “real” person make the projects inspires me much more than the magazine. Keep up the great work! – A fan from the USA

  15. Hi everyone,

    I am looking for some help with my Grannies Pinnock Sew Princess?! It is my late Australian Grandmothers machine and I think it must be about 40 years old? Maybe older. It is solid green metal and comes in a little wooden base with a carry case. There are no instructions at all and I am really hoping I can start sewing with it. Can anyone help? I am based in Scotland and there does not seem to be any Pinnock’s over here.. any help much appreciated!!

    Nicola

  16. ….I have a Pinnock procision built treadmaster machine and also need an instruction manual..I am having what needles to use and do the needle eyes are facing you or to the side plus what needles to use
    problems with tention plus i dont know what all switches are for. I would appreciate any help .. anyone have a manual or could helllpppppThanks

  17. Hi,

    I was inspired by your version of New Look 6705 and went out and bought it myself! I’m having a little trouble figuring out which size to make. It looks like a loose-fitting design but it wouldn’t suit me if it were too billowy. If you don’t mind me asking (and I hope this isn’t too forward!) what is your bust measurement, and which size did you make? I’m trying to figure out how roomy it is. (Is that what is meant by ‘ease’?) If you don’t want to broadcast that on the web, you can email me instead.

    Thanks!

    Katrina

  18. G’day from the land down under. Here are the threading instructions.1 Place spool of thread on spool pin.
    2. Pass thread through thread guide (at rear of pressure regulator, shiny cylinder on top lh of machine). 3. Draw thread around and in between tension discs (at rear of tension adjuster knob, lh of machine). 4. Sticking out of the machine lh, immediately above the tension regulating knob is a retaing bar. Pass the thread over that and under the wire take-up spring immediately in front of the aforementioned knob. 5 Now pass the thtread from rear to fron through the eye in the take-up lever ( the thing that oscillates up and down on the lh of the machine while you are sewing) 6. Pass the thread through the two guides just above the needle. 7 Thread the needle from left to right. If the site supervisor can tell me how, I can supply a picture for all to see, I know that desciption may seem complicated. For interest a beaut lady in Britain scanned and sent me a copy of her manual and for several monhs now (computer crash etc) I have been tidying it up. When done, I would be pleased to post it on a site like this one. Incidentally, I’m an electrical engineer (bloke) and I bought my Pinnock at the tip with a broken foot control housing. Tha’s fixed and I love the machine, just lie most people on this site. Bye Warwick

  19. Hello again, the threading instructions are for the Trendsetter model. There are many others it turns out, so perhaps the instructions for my machine would be better for some.

  20. Threading instructions for a machine with the tension adjusting knob facing you while seated.

    1. Turn the balance wheel towards you so that the take-up lever (the bit that goes up and down while you’re sewing) is at its highest position.
    2. Place a spool of thread on the spool pin on top of the machine.
    3. Draw the thread off the spool and through either one or two (depending on machine) guides on top of the machine.
    4. Pull the thread down the front of the machine and pass it beneath the thread tensioner assembly (the bit with the knob facing you) from right to left, passing it between the tension discs there.
    5. At the left side of the tensioner assembly there’s a tension spring in the shape of a loop. Pull the thread under the loop and continue to pull it gently upwards, while restraining the spool also gently. This will cause the thread to slip into a crotch at the rear upper parts of the tensioner assembly.
    6. Now pass the thread from right to left through the eye of the take-up lever.
    7. Nearly finished! Draw the thread vertically downwards and through a guide on the face of the machine just above the needle and then through a wire lop immediately above the needle.
    8. Now thread the needle from left to right.
    Warwick

  21. We have just acquired a Pinnock sewing machine. Complete with original instruction book!! The book says it is a Zig-Zag, but apart from that there is no model identification that we can find. It has been sitting in a garage for sevral years, and the motor doesn’t want to work, but apart from that, the machine itself seems to do all it is supposed to. If anyone has any information, we would love to find out as much as possible about it. ( I am the sewer, but my husband collects sewing machines!) If any one needs any information from the book, I will gladly email them.

    • Hi Suejat, I doubt you will see this (it’s been three years since this post!). I also have a Pinnock Zig-Zag machine and would love to know more about it. Are you able to scan the instruction book at all? Would be hugely appreciated… Many thanks!!

      • Hi StreateeiG, Can I ask, did Suejat reply to your request? I’m wondering if she has the same email address as its such a long time ago and a lot can change in that space of time. I have absolutely no idea how to work a sewing machine. I have found out how to oil them generally which is something, although I’m on a dongle and therefore unable to get unlimited downloads on the subject, I’m really after a manual and hopefully that’s it!
        Kind Regards
        Pam

    • Hi Suejat, I’ve just found this blog today so its been quite some time since your posting. Is it possible I could have a copy of that manual. My machine is an old Pinnock Pax Electric sewing machine and whilst the motor runs the needle doesn’t move. Its probably in need of a good glug of oil. Im in England and had never even heard of Pinnock, I found out it was Australian from the internet, I was very surprised. Kind Regards Pam

  22. A new friend of mine have put all this work into making a pdf for the basic manual for the pinnock and I hope he gets out here soon to make sure everyone who needs any information will easily find that….he put a lot of work into it and it is absolutly brilliant…

    • Hi,
      Have just purchased an old Pinnock and desperately need a manual to get up and running. If there is anyway you can send me the manual that you talked about back in November last year, that would be sensational.
      Excited to get sewing!
      Kerrie

  23. Hi Lara:
    Sorry to leave a comment, but I can’t find your email address. My name is Rachel and I have a blog/company called Mamma Made Designs. I really respect your work in the community and I was wondering if you would be interested in testing a sewing kit that I am releasing this coming Spring. You can check it out at this link and let me know if you are interested.

    http://www.mammamadedesigns.com/StoreCatalog/tabid/53/CategoryID/78/List/0/Level/a/ProductID/198/Default.aspx

    Thanks again and sorry about the comment.
    Best-
    Rachel

  24. Hi everyone I have just been given my elder sisters old Pinnock machine (she passed away last year) but we haven’t been able to find the instruction manual. The machine was purchased in 1964 and is a Pinnock Trendsetter. Can anyone help as my younger sister has taken up sewing so the machine is going to her. Gayle

  25. I hope you don’t mind or think I’m being too forward. I found your blog as I was searching for a tutorial on little girl twirly skirts. I found yours and your tutorial was so easy to read and i was so excited to make a skirt for my girls after reading it. You had mentioned that you didn’t have a .pdf for it so I copy and pasted everything into word and then figured I went through all that trouble so I could print it out for myself that I thought I might as well make it into a .pdf for you to pass out so others can print and use your wonderful tutorial! Let me know if you would like to see it. I love to do things like this and I know I am a geek for it.

    Now off to go sew some skirts! :-)

  26. Hi, I came here via Sooz and really enjoying seeing your crochet and fabric projects. I particularly love seeing your crochet as that’s my current addiction.
    In Sooz’s blog she posted pics of a crafting/wardrobe refashion event that she organized and I stopped dead when I saw a picture of someone (you) wearing a gorgeous green (crochet?) shrug. I wondered if you would mind telling me where you got the pattern? (I assume that you made it.)
    Thanks for any help….and once again I really enjoy seeing your projects here!
    suki

  27. I found this blog whilst trying to find info on an old Pinnock sewing machine that I have. The machine is my Mom’s but she doesn’t use it, so I’m planning to.
    I already have a Pinnock manual (thanks Soile!) but it is for a different model to that which I have.
    It’s a big heavy, metal Pinnock one from the 1960s and it’s about 40+ years old. I first thought that it was a British make, but it turns out it is probably Australian.
    I have a load of photos (below) and would really appreciate it if someone could identify the model type and / or suggest where I might get a manual for it

    Thanks in advance, Phil

  28. Hi Lara,

    I’ve just recently started crocheting and I’m hooked! (Pardon the pun)

    Inspired by your wool eater blanket, I’d love to make one of my own but it seems that Sarah’s blog is viewable by invitation only – is the pattern a downloadable one that you could send me a copy of? I’d be much appreciated!

    My email is restlesswillow@gmail.com if you get a chance.

    Ta!

    Holly
    Two Cheese Please

  29. Hi Lara, I absolutely love love love your crochet and sewing projects. Been following your blog for few months now after I quit my job to stay at home with my daughter to breastfeed and homeschool her. Your crochet turned out much much more beautiful than the ones in the magazines which I saw on the web. I love flower yoke top and summer dress that you made. However, I’m from Malaysia and the mags not available here. If only you’re kind enough to pass me the patterns thru email? I’d like to make one for my 4months-old daughter. Please please help me out here?

    love, ayuni

  30. Hi all,

    I am looking at buying an overlocker and have come across and old pimmock babylock BL3 437. I have tried to search reviews on these machines but there is nothing out there.

    Has anyone used one of these machines and are they any good?

    Thanks

    Jessica

  31. Hi everyone!
    I’ve just managed to pick up a Pinnock Trendsetter Gem 1964 model, and was wondering if anyone had a manual or knew of where I could find a manual please? Am very keen to start sewing with it, just had a look and it has beautifully been maintained :)

    If you know, please send me an email :)

  32. G’day from the land down under. Here are the threading instructions.1 Place spool of thread on spool pin.2. Pass thread through thread guide (at rear of pressure regulator, shiny cylinder on top lh of machine). 3. Draw thread around and in between tension discs (at rear of tension adjuster knob, lh of machine). 4. Sticking out of the machine lh, immediately above the tension regulating knob is a retaing bar. Pass the thread over that and under the wire take-up spring immediately in front of the aforementioned knob. 5 Now pass the thtread from rear to fron through the eye in the take-up lever ( the thing that oscillates up and down on the lh of the machine while you are sewing) 6. Pass the thread through the two guides just above the needle. 7 Thread the needle from left to right. If the site supervisor can tell me how, I can supply a picture for all to see, I know that desciption may seem complicated. For interest a beaut lady in Britain scanned and sent me a copy of her manual and for several monhs now (computer crash etc) I have been tidying it up. When done, I would be pleased to post it on a site like this one. Incidentally, I’m an electrical engineer (bloke) and I bought my Pinnock at the tip with a broken foot control housing. Tha’s fixed and I love the machine, just lie most people on this site. Bye Warwick
    +1

  33. Hi everyone I have just been given a old Pinnock Trendsetter Crescent machine which used to belong to my wifes grandmother but we haven’t been able to find the instruction manual. The machine the machine is great now we have figured out how to thread it but wwould love to know what the buttons and spare feet do Can anyone help us as my caravan could do with some new seat covers please.

    Cheers Jai.

  34. Hi,
    I have inherited my mothers old Pinnock De Luxe Sewing Machine – Model 900. Wondering if anyone has an old manual they could email or point me in the right direction.

    Thanks Gloria

  35. Whilst doing research on soldiers from Mosman, Sydney who diede in WW1, I found the record of William Arthur Pinnock who was killed in action 30 Aug 1916 serving with the 45th Battalion AIF. He would have been killed at Pozieres. In his records there is a sad query from his father, J A Pinnock, of Pinnock Sewing Machine Company, 8 Victoria Market, Sydney seeking information on his son. Another son, Clarence Tunbridge Pinncok,served with the 13th Battalion and survived the War.

  36. I have found this thread while searching the net for a manual for a Pinnock MST -101 walking foot machine. I bought it yesterday in a secondhand shop and am having real difficulty setting it up. I’m sure the upper thread tensioner has been taken apart at some stage and not put back together properly as no matter how lightly its set it still has too much tension. Also I’m not 100% sure i’ve even threaded the machine properly as it’s layed out unlike any machine i’ve seen before.
    Can anyone help with a manual ???????

    • Like Clay Webb I am having problems with a Pinnock SewQueen which a friend gave to me. His comment was that it had not been used for years and he could not get it to work. The machine is in good condition except for some enamel chips. Everything works very smoothly and well except….the upper thread tensioner. I know it has been previously pulled apart and it is now in pieces. The tensioner spring appears misshapen. If anyone has a diagram on how to re-assemble the tensioner I would be so grateful. Geoff. Woodside. South Australia

  37. Hi,
    If there is anyone out there with an Instruction Manual for a Pinnock ‘Sewbest’ sewing machine, would love to hear from you. Since my wife passed away 4 years ago, I now have to do so much more for myself – including sewing. Regards, David

    • Hi David, How did you go at getting an Instruction manual for your Pinnock machine? I have my Mother’s machine but can’t find the foot pedal and I also need instructions how to thread it. The model is 202. Maybe your instructions might do it. Hope you can help me in with it please or if you know of anyone who can. Thankyou, regards Marilyn

  38. Hi there,
    this seems to be the place for all questions Pinnock. I just picked up a Pinnock F333 made in Sunshine, Victoria by C.F.M. Industries. I also would love if anybody had a pdf copy of the instruction manual. I had no idea there were any Australian made sewing machines and I’m happy I finally bought it for $10 at the op-shop. I would have bought it straight away but I don’t need another sewing machine, so it took me a few weeks to realise I would be sad if it got sold. I’m about to have a go at threading it now. Wish me luck. If I get it working I can take photos of the steps for anyone that is interested.

    • Hi Maggie, how did you go with this machine – did you get it up and running? One has just come up for sale at my local opp shop in Sunshine and I’m curious about it’s heritage and value. If it sews good, great. I know this thread is a bit old but just wondering how it all went. Thanks!
      Deb

  39. Hi there,
    I have a pinnock trendsetter sewing machine and I can’t make zig zag with it. Does this type of sewing machine doesn’t do that? I would really appreciate if someone could help me with it. Thank you
    Joao

  40. Hi,
    I have inherited my Nan’s Pinnock Model 404 and have only the slightest idea of how to use it. I’ve been looking for an instruction manual, but to date, can’t find one. I was wondering if anyone could help me out????

  41. Hi. There seems to be some confusion here and elsewhere on the net about CFM Industries’ role in all this. CFM didn’t make anything, it simply shipped large numbers of sewing machines and small manual portable typewriters into Autstralia and relabelled them for distribution here, usually as Pinnocks and Craftamatics, trade names that you will see CFM registered in Australia as far back as 1964. The sewing machines and typewriters came mainly, if not exclusively, from Nakajima and Silver-Seiko (aka Silver-Reed) in Japan. You may not see “Made in Japan” on the machines, and the false impression is given in the labelling that they were by CFM. Cheers.

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  43. Hi, I have a Pinnock Super Stretch 3200 sewing machine and need a manual for it. I can’t even fill the bobbin as I don’t know how or where that is done. I think I need another little part for that. Please help anyone, sure would appreciate it. Love Linda

  44. Hi, I have a Pinnock exclusiv 1. Probably late 90’s. Bought from op shop with manual. Works a treat except for the need to replace reverse lever spring which I am still sourcing. Threading is a little different from most other models. Can help anyone who needs assistance or a copy of pages from my manual which was printed in Germany in four languages including English.
    ,

    • Also would advise owners to google “gritzner”. Sewing machine made in Germany. I believe they bought the rights to use the pinnock name. My machine has the “gritzner” name on the metal plate at the rear of the machine where the model number is. Happy to help……Lesley W

      • Much more likely, I would think, that Currie Furniture Manufacturing had a deal to apply its registered Pinnock trademark to imported German machines. That was CFM’s usual practise. Pinnock wasn’t a big enough trade name overseas to warrant Gritzner buying rights to use the Pinnock name.

    • Hi Lesley.
      I am SO glad I found your comment. I have just been given a Pinnock Exclusiv 1 – and searching the web for hours to find a manual. Silly me, I haven’t used a sewing machine in over 20 years went and bought material to make cushion covers but have no idea how to use the machine!!!
      I guess I was a little over eager.
      Any chance you could email me a scanned copy? Happy to discuss other options like sending you a self addressed postage paid envelope.
      Hope to hear from you.
      Amanda

      • Hi Mandysmanna, Have you had any luck with a manual? I thought I’d struck lucky but 2 links on here, one doesn’t work at all then a lady posted another link and that is too blurred to see unfortunately. I wonder if you could email a pdf of any manual you may have, I don’t think I will be able to get the actual manual for the Pinnock Pax model that I have, but I figure anything will help. Thank You Pam

  45. Thank you . I am trying to learn all I can about my Pinnock. Have been on line for days and now see a connection with Pfaff. If you have any suggestions about buying mechanical parts as described in my previous post, would love to hear more…….

    • Sorry Lesley, can’t help much more on sewing machines. CFM had arrangements with manufacturers across Europe and in Asia to import fully assembled machines and relabel them for sale in Australia. It was a way around import duties/customs taxes, restrictions etc, on foreign goods. In some cases it also enabled them to beat the East European embargos during the Cold War. The former sales manager for CFM (Mr Thomas?) now works for Toyota in Melbourne, he may be able to help you more. .He knows a lot about the Pinnock sewing machines deals. There is a separate, interesting history for Pinnock, which was originally registered in the 1930s and did make sewing machines, with state government help, in South Australia. The trademark rights lapsed and CFM bought the same trademark in about 1964. I can send you the details if I have an email address..

  46. Hello, I have this pinnock zig zag craftsman sewing machine. I bought it online and when I try to sew, the threads keeps coming off from the needle. I am actually new to sewing, I have searched online but cant find an answer. What should I do, why the threads keeps coming off from needle once I started sewing.. So upset, pls help me.Thanks

    • Hi Acki, Without a photo of yours threaded, it would be extremely hard to say what you’re doing wrong. I have about six or so machines currently, and they’re all Craftamatic (branded) and Pinnock, from 60s to late 70s. All of them work pretty much the same way. Craftamatics are cheaper, though, and a bit simpler. Also, describe what you do in as much detail as you can about when the thread dislodges.
      Mike

  47. Hi Mike,
    I have a Sapphire Mark II, no instructions and no other real details. Purchased it on ebay for fun. I’m think I actually may be having tensioning problems as I’ve now managed to ‘sew’ a few stitches but the take up is intermittent. I think my threading is ok now … just cant work out tensioning, especially bobbin. Any help would be most welcome. Thanks.
    Jenny

    • Hi Jenny,
      I found that tension problems are usually caused by the bobbin tension being out, and since you say you can’t work it out here is how I do it.
      The bobbin must be inserted into the holder with the thread being brought backwards through the slot. When the thread is through the hole, you need to test the tension by holding the thread with the bobbin holder hanging down. When the tension is right, it won’t drop unless you help it. If it drops by itself you need to increase tension (the tension screw is on the bobbin holder and is obvious). If you have to flick it hard to get it to drop, it’s too tight (which it probably is, considering your problem), ad you will need to loosen the tension screw. The tension screw is very sensitive: A little turn has a big effect on the tension.
      If there is any rust on your bobbin case, you might want to clean it off or get a new one.
      Clean the thread path of all thread and dust (dust comes from the thread as it passes), and make sure you have the right thread path. I don’t know what your machine looks like (Google gives me nothing), but I’ll take a pic of my latest Pinnock (threadmaster from the ’50s) threaded correctly and post it on my blog.

      • Thanks Mike!
        I’ll give it a go and see what happens. I’ve already discovered one problem – I didn’t thread the bobbin through the hole. I’m assuming you do this from underneath and come out the top – am I right? I’ll check out your blog. Thank you so much – you’ve been very helpful :)
        Jenny

      • Hi Mike,
        I’ve had a quick glance of your blog… and discovered my Pinnock is the same as the one you have posted as ‘Latest Pinnock in remarkable condition’ in your December 9th post! Mine is also in great condition … I purchased mine on ebay … 6 vintage machines for $19,95! Yep, less than $3.50 each… I figured it was worth the risk. One machine (singer worked beautifully then went ‘bang’ and started smoking – didn’t think this was a good sign); another one I’m struggling with the tension (sense a theme here?); a Cobalt is fast and fabulous (worth the money for this one) and I’m still working on the others … It’s a bit of fun for $20 and although I don’t really ‘need’ the machines I have an old school portable as my sewing room so have the space for some interesting bits and pieces. Thanks again for sharing …
        Jenny

  48. Hi, I have just bought a Pinnock Sewqueen in London, UK, I would love to know how it got here especially as it is built into a large wooden cabinet! It was musty and dirty but after a clean it is now the best machine I own and I own a fair few! It does the most amazing stitching, and is very quiet, smooth and fast. The threading is straighforwards but I do not know what some of the dials are for and it has a space for cams, yet I cannot find any reference to these nor anywhere to buy them.

      • Hi Mike

        Mine has a few extra dials, I am not sure what they are for! And I have had had about 25 machines in theist few years and still have 10! How can I attach or send a picture of it? Or if you can email me off site perhaps? Cheekyhandmades@gmail.com

    • Hi I have a pinnock sewqueen that was brought from a shop in great Britain in the sixtys it was my mothers, I also have the instruction book so if I can help you with anything just ask. I can not find anything about cams or a space for them. My daughter lifted it of the table last week and caught the thread take up spring in her jumper and broke it, if anyone knows where I might get a replacement please let me know I have altered one from another machine but its not ideal

      • Hi Woofy,
        Do you mean the spring on the top tensioner? If so, I have a couple of later “Pinnocks” that were made in Taiwan that don’t really work. Can you take a picture of the mechanism that’s broken? It’s probably not going to be hard to find a replacement part but postage might be an issue for you. Are you still in GB or somewhere else? You didn’t mention where you are.
        Mike

  49. hi amanda. glad to be able to help. a self addressed envelope would be great as I am copying the book for you now. I am at 23 Summer Way, Tin Can Bay 4580 .Queensland Australia

  50. Hi we have a pinnock craftamatic model?
    No. Zk910 we are looking to fix it up then send it too a mission that is needing machines. But we can’t work out how the dam thing functions!
    Any help would be awesome. I have seen a lot of old machines but Theo’s one is out of my leuge. Thanks

  51. Hello all, does anyone have a manual for a cream colour Pinnock Craftmatic Model HZ-140 please? I am happy to cover any costs to obtain it. Thanks so much. Mich

    • I’ve never seen a manual for one, nor have I needed one: They’re very similar to late ’60s Singers and quite easy to use. They take Singer feet, accessories and needles, too.
      That said, they must have come with manuals, so it’s ridiculous that they’re all missing. I’ve had three craftamatics, all missing the manuals!

    • I have my mother in laws Pinnock Trendsetter Royal machine with the manual. The machine hadn’t been used for 14 years. Used it today and it went like a dream. However I am unable to get the needle in the middle position, it is on the left. Does anyone have any idea how I can get it in the middle. Can email the manual to anyone who is looking for the manual to this model.

      • Hi Shirley, Can you email the manual to me please. manicmike66 at gmail.com
        The needle position problem is likely to be dried up oil. You should be able to find out what’s wrong by opening the top cover and looking inside. Sewing machine oil is usually enough to loosen it off, but you should be able to see what’s gumming it up first.

  52. Thanks for your reply Mike. If I don’t find one, I will try and get hold of a Singer manual. I’m very keen to know what the Craftmatic is capable of doing. Cheers, Mich

    • Hi Mike, You seem to be one of the very few GoTo people re Pinnock machines. I am trying to sell my mother’s Pinnock SWA-2000 on her behalf but like every-one else, find that the manual and any info is extremely elusive. Any info you able to furnish on this machine would really be very much appreciated. This machine is in a sewing table that allows the machine to fold down and away for storage. Can’t figure out quickly how to attach pics. Can send them to you if you email me. Many thanks in anticipation.

  53. Hi Dennis,
    It sounds kind of recent. Aussie made Pinnocks had names rather than numbers. Brother bought the name during the ’70s and badged certain models until the ’80s. Yours is likely to be one of these.
    If you think it looks “modern” I’d suggest looking at a Brother manual.
    I only have the older ones (a ’50s deluxe and one of the last ’60s models).
    The Brother ones (I confess I do have one of these but it’s broken) have vertical bobbins.

      • HI Mike seems as you know quite a bit about Pinnocks. i was given a pinnock as a family heirloom the machine is near on brand new and seems to work great so far, im trying to find a manual for it.. i live in country vic in australia. it has on the back panel
        C.F.M industries PTY limited
        model 934 APPR./ No V 753000
        sunshine Victoria
        Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated as i seem to hit a brick wall everywhere i go.
        Cheers Mel :)

      • Hi Mel, I don’t know that much about them. The one you have is a Taiwanese machine imported by CFM industries in the late ’60s or ’70s. It should also say “Craftamatic” under the Pinnock badge.
        They’re roughly the same as the early ’60s Aussie Pinnocks (CFM bought the Pinnock name after the factory closed down in 1966 and imported machines from Taiwan under the Pinnock name) so you might just as well DL the Aussie Pinnock manual closest to your machine. Genuine manuals for these cheaper machines are very rare. I’ve never seen one in person but have seen a couple on eBay with their manuals.
        Mike

  54. I live in Norwich, England.
    My mother died recently and I have her Pinnock Sewbest machine to pass on to someone who will value it. It was bought in Norwich on 22 February 1965 and has serial number D54064. Free to a good home if anyone knows someone who would like it over here but its too heavy to send to Oz!
    It is in amazing condition and has the original instruction book too.
    I can be contacted at doublekite@sky.com.

  55. Hi, I am buying a Pinnock Super Stitch 3200, i am in Maitland/Newcastle area of NSW and have no idea where parts are available for it or if there are any interchangeable parts from a newer machine? If any knows anything or any shop it would be greatly appreciated.

  56. Hi, I have a Pinnock Pax machine and its all metal, with a wooden base complete with carry case, so I know its a very old model perhaps from the 50s. Its too good to scrap (my brother is a metal scrap man) you wouldn’t believe some of the machines being scrapped. I would love a manual to help me figure it out. Also the motor runs but machine doesn’t move and I have no idea how to use any machine. I wish my brother hadn’t scrapped the old singer machine that was so nice. I really want to learn how to sew but there doesn’t seem to be classes for beginners in evening colleges. Id be grateful for any help/tips. Much Appreciated. Pam

  57. Pam, you have written and said the better access link doesn’t work for the 404. I know, which is why I’ve twice given a new link (see above). Pinnocks are very much like Singers so it should be very easy to get it working.

    • Hi Mike, Ive looked at the photos on the first link and there is a one similar to mine, the 2nd link above shows a great photo nice and clear of the machine, but from 2nd frame onwards the manual is too blurred to see or make out any words, I’ve tried the edit icon several times to no avail. Thanks anyway. Pam

  58. My Pinnock Precision Built Super De Luxe picked up for $30 just needed a bit o TLC and it positively sings, such a great machine, sometimes these old ones just need a clean and an oil.

  59. As if, Marianne! I was giving you credit for having a manual at all.
    It would have lost a little but I did check it and it’s quite legible. Actually I checked the original pictures and the pdf is no worse, so maybe it *was* your fault, Marianne ;-)

  60. Hi Mike, I sent Pam a copy, by email, it may have ben the one you rejigged and sent to me and she said that was clearer. It was the 1.67 MB PDF not the 4.40MB PDF. ;-)

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  62. Hi, I have a Pinnock Sewgem (basic lever for forward/reverse) and a Pinnock Sewcrest (zig-zag and buttonhole feature – R button for reverse). Both the usual green. I have no manuals for either, but I can usually work out how to thread all types of machines so it wasn’t a problem. I also clean and service my own machines. Both of these machines accept attachments made for old Singer machines. For example, I’m using extras from my 66k and they work perfectly. The engineering for most earlier models of sewing machine (hand crank or with an external universal motor) is pretty much identical. If anyone’s having any trouble with either of these, regarding bunched up stitching, threading problems or general questions…just ask. Glad to see so many still enjoying their Pinnocks. I love mine.

  63. Wondering if someone can advise me. I have a Pinnock Exclusiv Plus made in West Germany that was given to me. I am having trouble finding the correct needle. I have tried using Schmetz universal 130/705 H. This catches the bottom thread, the stitch bunches up and stalls the needle. I think these needles are too big. I would really appreciate some advice.

  64. Hi thornberry. Thanks for your reply. Yes I have had the machine serviced. It had been sewing very well until I put a new needle in. I had a blue needle in which is smaller than the universal needle…. not sure? Could you tell me what Klasse needles are and are they easy to buy?

    • Klasse are just another brand of needle – I buy them online through Sew Much Easier (they are on eBay and have a web page). Maybe have a look at the Schmetz website and see if you can get any needle information from them? Is there a possibility that the new needle hasn’t been inserted correctly?

  65. Hi.

    My grandmother surprised me with a pinnock model 414 sewing machine. I can’t find anything about the 414 only the 404. I downloaded the 404 manual and it all seems the same except how to thread the bobbin isn’t mentioned. Mine is fed from under the base. Thank you for any help available.

  66. Dear Contributors,

    Oh for a comprehensive Pinnock sewing machine manual. I can’t help there, but I do have a little history available.
    The Pinnock Sewing Machine Co. was founded by my grandfather, John Alfred Pinnock, well before World War 1, and initially operated out of the Queen Victoria Markets building – now the restored Queen Victoria Building.
    Subsequently, I think in the 1920s, the business moved to a building down the road in Druitt St, which my grandfather had purchased.
    On my grandfather’s death in 1942 the business was taken over by his second son, Clarence Tunbridge Pinnock. The eldest son, William Arthur Pinnock, had been killed in action at Mouquet Farm (Pozieres) in August 1916.
    After World War 2, production of Pinnock sewing machines was sited at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory and there is an example of a machine in the museum that now occupies this site.
    On Clarrie’s death in the early 1950s the business was taken over by his son, William Pinnock, named after his dead uncle.
    With financial incentives from the South Australian government, William then moved the business to a new factory in the newly established city of Elizabeth

    • Hi John. Great to hear from a member of the famous family! It’s still a very well respected name in sewing machines, but now only vintage of course. I’ve had several Aussie made Pinnock machines and I loved them all. Is William Jr still around? There’s an interview with him on needlebar which I’m sure you would have seen from 1998. If you know any more than the scant information available in the Internet it would be very much appreciated? Did your family stay in Adelaide after the factory closure (1966?)

  67. Thank you so much John. At last some history of this company! Do you happen to know when Currie Furniture Manufacturing (CFM) got the trademark? Appears to be early 1960s. Perhaps earlier? A descendant of the Currie family has contacted me through my typewriter blog about the items CFM imported from Japan and relabelled here as Pinnocks.

    • Hi Mary – I think I go by full bust measurement. I’m roughly an Australian size 12 in the shops here, so figured that since Style Arc are Australian their size 12 would be close to the mark too. They have pdf patterns now, and I think sell them with three sizes in a grouping – that might be a good way to try how the sizing works for you!

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