Behind the scenes, why we use true vintage machinery to make your lingerie

Posted by philippa Smith on

Why use an outdated sewing machine on our lingerie, surely, it’s not as good as a modern sewing machine? At Pip & Pantalaimon we made the decision to use original vintage, Swiss made machines that would have been the market leader throughout the 1930’s, 40’s & 50’s and here’s why:

 

 

They’re made to last – nearly every component from the belt wheel to the needle is made from a steel alloy, meaning they have a much slower wear rate than their newer plastic replacement models which means a much more consistent stitch on every garment.

 

 

Pip & Pantalaimon made in england lingerie

 

 

 

They’re kinder to the environment – environmental awareness is everyone’s responsibility and we pride ourselves on being an ethical lingerie brand. Keeping industrial machines running through correct maintenance and some ingenuity for over half a century has got to be better on the environment than changing a machine for the latest and greatest every 12 months. There are now much more power economic servo-motors that can be retrofitted to ensure power consumption is kept to a minimum too, without effecting the integrity of the machine.

 

 

They’re heavy Duty – As mentioned the majority of a vintage machine is made from metal meaning they are much sturdier than newer machines, the modern machine is largely computer-controlled meaning that whilst they may have a bigger range of stitch patterns, their lighter components can be much more susceptible to bending forces created by rapid needle movement and can affect their ability to stitch in dead a straight line.

 

true vintage industrial sewing machine for lingeire

 

 

They’re True Vintage – if you’re here, its because you love all things vintage and retro and if you’ve ever been lucky enough to lift the lid on a vintage sewing machine you’ll know that’s why we use them. If you want vintage inspired lingerie what could be better inspiration than sitting at a machine that has seen true vintage garments pass underneath its sewing foot over 60 years before.

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