An occupation, referred to as an oiler, can use an oil can (among other tools) to lubricate machinery.Oil cans were made by companies like Noera Manufacturing Company and Perfection in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.They can be over a century old, and still work PERFECTLY. That being the case, they are not as rare as you might think. There was a time when EVERY HOUSEHOLD HAD to have one! Shuttles and bobbins are NOT generic, and they are NOT interchangeable!These things were NOT designed to break down, and they were NOT designed to be thrown out. And since they’re not that rare, they are also not that valuable, and should not be very expensive. I don’t mean because it was some sort of fashion-accessory, I mean that they HAD to have one, or else, the whole family would be ass-naked. The result is that there are still billions of them out there. A Jones shuttle will NOT fit a Singer machine, a Singer bobbin will not fit into a Wheeler & Wilson shuttle.And they were expected to do it without complaint or fault. Most people only owned a few sets of clothes, and keeping them repaired and neat meant that a sewing machine had to be able to cope with absolutely anything that was passed under the presser-foot. Singer even used to do a gimmick where they would sew together two sheets of aluminium metal together, to prove that their machines were powerful enough to punch through solid metal, too! After reading that whole marketing spiel, you’ve decided that you might like a nice vintage sewing machine. What do you need to know about buying a vintage sewing machine?
Unless you can physically carry it ANYWHERE and sew with it, without being tied to a power-outlet, it ain’t truly portable.
The most popular brand in the world is Singer, of course. Wheeler and Wilson, Jones, New Home, White Rotary, and a whole heap of others were American machines.
However, Germany was another sewing-machine mecca – brands like Sidel & Naumann, Pfaff, Frister & Rossman, Stowa, Wertheim, and Vesta (among countless others) dominated the European market.
I’m not sure why I haven’t yet done one for sewing machines. Modern sewing machines have all kinds of advantages and features which make them desirable.
But they also have numerous disadvantages which make them undesirable.