chainstitch embroidery


My fascination with chainstitch embroidery grew out of my appreciation for vintage western wear. The great western tailors of the past; Nudie, Nathan Turk and Rodeo Ben, just to name a few, used chainstitch embroidery extensively in their work. Today many designers are re-discovering chainstitch embroidery machines. Several years ago I bought my first chainstitch embroidery machine, a 1960's Singer 114w103. A few months later I bought a very rare circa 1913 Singer 114w100 which I found on Craigslist for a mere $30! My most recent chainstitch embroidery machine is a French made Cornely K which dates to the 1890's and still works beautifully; a testament to the quality and engineering of the late 19th century.


























I primarily use my machines on my custom western wear pieces, but occasionally accept select custom embroidery jobs. I also moderate a chainstitch embroidery machine resource group. Please contact me if you would like more information regarding these amazing machines.
Fox & guitar embroidery worked on the Singer 114w103 chainstitch embroidery machine.

26 comments:

  1. Hello,

    I really like the look of chain stitch embroidery. Would you be able to chain stitch a signature onto some acrylic beanies, like those made by Wear-a-knit? I haven't ordered them yet, but if you are able to add the embellishment to them, I plan on ordering 36 of them.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Jamaal

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  2. I have been trying for a long time to find someone who can do chain stitch embroidery like you do. I would love to have something made if you are interested. Please let me know!
    Thanks,
    Todd

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  3. hello

    I want buy more machines cornely 121

    sent me the photos and pix

    thank you

    send me an email cornely60@gmail.com

    mr sam

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  4. hello
    can you tell me what kind of motor and where I can learn how to connect a motor to my singer 114w103 machine?
    I haven't used it yet, and I am interested in thread painting with it etc.
    where can I find out more information about what this machine can do?
    thank you

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  5. Hi,

    Fabulous work! I would be interested in your chainstitch resource group (if it is still active). I am a hand, machine, and digital embroiderer who dreams of owning a chenille embroidery (but I'll settle for a Cornely).

    Thanks,
    C Nest

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  6. Love, love, love these! I used to cross-stitch, but it started to bother my wrist. Probably too many hours at a keyboard followed by too many hours holding a hoop. Oh pain be darned, I might have to start again!

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  7. Recently have become obsessed with wanting to learn how to do this. Need advice on best machine, how to's etc.

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  8. Joy,

    I moderate the Chainstitch Embroidery Machine Resource group on Yahoo groups. There is a ton of great information on using the machines. I regularly post links to machines that are for sale and occasionally members will offer machines for sale. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/chainstitch/info

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    1. Hi there. We are currently looking for a Chainstitch machine. Do you have any for sale presently?

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  9. Jerry,

    I am looking into getting some patches made with just a few initials. So I can sew them on some hats and shirts for my plumbing company. I was thinking of having just the initials of the company and possibly my name on a couple more, in the script style lettering. Who or where do you recommend I look to get this done?

    Thanks in advance.

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  10. hi i sell new and used machine treasureES1114.1and treasureES1114.10 and singer new model .
    +10 free needle+3mounth mechanical support. for starting price $750(head only)
    kind regard

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  11. http://memphis.craigslist.org/hsh/5179225123.html

    114W103

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  13. Hello, What Is The Best Model To Get From Cornely For ChainStitch Embroidery? I Am Going To Start Learning This Cool Art. Thanks Again

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  14. I am looking for a chain stitch machine like this. If you have one to sell, please email me at emilysimek@hotmail.com

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  15. I play in a country band in Bloomington : I have suits that I would like to get embroidery, but I would certainly love to see some of your stuff. How can one do that?

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  16. I play in a country band in Bloomington : I have suits that I would like to get embroidery, but I would certainly love to see some of your stuff. How can one do that?

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  17. Can you tell me where I can purchase needles for a 114w103 cthomas@dslextreme.com

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  18. Jerry
    I enjoy your blog. Do you know of a forum presently operating regarding the Bonnaz embroidery? I understand you used to have a forum, but it is no more. (sad) I have a Cornely machine.

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  19. Hello, do you know of any chainstitch machines that are currently for sale? I would very much like to own one.

    Joy

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    1. Hi, I have a Cornely chainstich machine for sale. I don't know if it works but it has many extras. I am in Yorktown VA

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    2. Hi Ingrid. Do you still have the machine? let me know neitzeldesign@gmail.com

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    3. Looking for a machine as well if anyone sees this and has one for sale. Please let us know! jadaandjon@gmail.com

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  20. I just purchased a chainstitch machine head only. Any recs on the best (cheapest) place to get a motor & table?

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  21. Trying to track down a chainstitch machine for sale. Please feel free to email us if anyone has any information. jadaandjon@gmail.com

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