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Shuttle & Hook Systems
by no means is the following a complete comprehensive catalogue of all different systems available today, I've simply put together a cross section of some of the more popular systems found today in the hopes you may be able to better understand your sewing machine and identify the system used in it.

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Here is one of the most popular hook systems today, from the Singer Featherweight 221. The 222 and the Singer 301 also use this same system. I also have in my possession a "German" suitcase Bakelite sewing machine which I believe to be circa 1930, which also has the exact same system.

- Full rotary hook
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Bobbincase


Singer vibrating shuttle, this example is from a 3/4 head Singer VS 128. This system moves in an arc at right angles to machine.

- Shuttle in carrier
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Shuttle only


Singer New Family 12 reciprocating shuttle, runs in a straight line parallel to the machine head. Shuttle in this is somewhat different from the more modern examples. This shuttle is sometimes referred to a "boat shuttle" because of its exposed bobbin. This system can be found in many early sewing machines.

- Shuttle in carrier
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Shuttle only


Singer 185 3/4 head oscillating hook, drop in bobbin from top. The Singer 66/99/Spartan and more use this system.

- Bobbin in hook assembly



Singer 15 series horizontal shaft mount oscillating hook, this system is used by many manufacturers.

- Bobbincase in hook assembly
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Bobbincase only


White rotary series 77

- Bobbincase in hook assembly
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Bobbincase only
ps; these are great machines and can be found relatively inexpensively..try one, you'll like it.


Willcox & Gibbs chain stitch, this machine doesn't use a bobbin and hook assembly, it has a single thread looper. There are many examples of the chain stitch machine. Singer had many of its toys use this system as well, the Singer 24 household model. This type of system is usually (not always) found on earlier examples of sewing machines.

- looper


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