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Shuttles and Bobbins

All Vintage, by definition. Nothing in this section is really new (although some appear never to have been used), but all are usable as far as I can tell. Some (quite a lot) of the shuttles are unidentified - if you can help, please do.. I have rephotographed pretty much everything, almost all in 3 directions.. Dimensions on request
Most of the examples apart from the Singer shuttles are What You Get

Sorry, no more than 2 long bobbins per customer unless they are listed as a batch, and PLEASE do not order for machines not being used regularly
I NEVER supply "spare" shuttles - if you insist on using a shuttle machine regularly you need to look after its bits, please.. They don't make these any more..
And if you display machines, PLEASE take the shuttles out, LABEL them, and keep them safely - nothing seems to get stolen like these particular, irreplaceable, damnit-not-useful-to-the-thief parts..

Bullet Shuttles

Usually from machines where the bobbin moves from back to front, and called VS (Vibrating Shuttle) or OS (Oscillating Shuttle) machines
Bobbin goes in the end..
Shown in 3 orientations..
I also provide a mend-your-shuttle service, as I have quite a lot of odd parts - email me for details
Singer bullet shuttle and bobbin
BB009 Singer "notched" (earlier type) shuttle and one bobbin 8301, Used; £12.50: New; £15 (I have found some unused ones!)
(BB009b/BB009c Shuttle with no bobbin £10/ £12.50)
These fit the simpler shuttle carriers without a lifter, so mostly 28 and 27 class machines. They also work just fine on the later 127 and 128 machines

BB078 Singer later "no notch" type 54504; £12.50
(BB078a Shuttle with no bobbin £10)
For the later type shuttle carriers with a lifter button, so 128 and 127 class machines.
Also BB078a New Ones! £15/ £12.50
BB010 Bobbins for BB009 and BB078; £2.50 each



BB194 Jones Medium CS, marked "M"; £20 with one bobbin BB050
(Out of Stock, but the other Jones shuttles will fit)



BB196a Jones CS, marked "F"; £22 with one bobbin BB050, new



BBSH002 Jones, marked FCS, with one bobbin BB050; £20



BBSH008 Jones "Family" with 1 bobbin; £20



BBSH060 Jones MCS with one bobbin; £20 (Out of Stock, but the other Jones shuttles will fit)



BBSH003 Later Jones Plastic; £20



BBSH066 Naumann VS with one bobbin (I have more); £20



BBSH032 Two holes in one side, one bobbin; £12



BBSH074 Davis Vibra VS with one bobbin; £20



BBSH065 Probably Davis; £18.50 with 2 bobbins


BBSH055 "Davis" with one bobbin; £25



BBSH021 New Home; £20
Also for Singer VS 2 and VS 3



BBSH022 With centre pin, probably Pfaff; £25



BB182 Spring marked 8326; £12




BBSH058 Pfaff with centre pin and 2 hollow bobbins; £25



BBSH054 Pfaff with one bobbin; £25



BBSH061 Pfaff with 3 interesting multi-holed, thick-ended bobbins; £25



BB079, fits FR VS and Vickers VS, good; £12
BB079a New; £12.50



BB123 With bobbin; £12
Works in a Frister and Rossmann VS and Vickers VS



BB080 marked 8326 with 1 bobbin; £12
Works in a Frister and Rossmann VS



BBSH071 Deep notch, complex spring, no bobbin (quite short inside); £12.50



BB082 UI, no bobbin; £10



BB191 UI, with bobbin; £15
Works in a Frister and Rossmann VS



BBSH016 Frister Rossmann VS and Vickers VS; £12



BBSH030 Flattened side, one bobbin; £18


BBSH059 Marked "SMS"; £18.50



BBSH063; £10



BBSH064; £10



BBSH035; £15



BBSH036; £15

BBSH017 With slots, new; £15



BBSH020 Notched; £12



BBSH033 Fits Singer 128, one bobbin; £12



BB177 UI, one bobbin, spring marked 8326; £12



BBSH016a As BBSH016, better condition, fits FRVS, Vickers; £15

Hybrid Shuttles


Closed "bullet" types mostly from transverse shuttle machines



BB188; £20



BBSH018 UI, new; £20


BBSH057 Tailor Bird, with one bobbin; £25
I have a VERY FEW needles for these (type 712) please email for details

Boat Shuttles

Mostly (but not always) from Transverse Shuttle machines, where the bobbin goes from side to side behind the needle
Bobbin (these all have one if noted as good) goes in the side..
I have a bag full of damaged or incomplete shuttles, so I can find parts for for repair or spares, please ask



BBSH045 Fat, curved, no bobbin; £20



BBSH006, Very small, curved, no bobbin; £25



BBSH040 Probably fits a 12k, fixed bar and holes; £20



BBSH069 No notch, open bar, one bobbin, good; £18


BBSH070 Large, no notch, marked DRGM, one bobbin, good; £18



BBSH072 Notched, open bar, one bobbin; £20

BBSH047 Marked DRGM, no notch, one bobbin, open bar SOLD


BBSH048 As BBSH047, not marked, one bobbin, open bar; £20



BBSH049 Lifting spring and open bar, good; £20


BBSH050 Lifting spring, open bar, no notch, good; £20



BBSH051 Closed outer spring, open bar, no notch; £20



BBSH052 No notch, open bar; £20



BBSH053 Lifting spring, open bar, one bobbin; £20



BBSH062 Simplex (German machine with cherubs); £20



BBSH031 Fixed bar, lifting spring, one bobbin, very good; £22



BB141 AD Saurer Made in Switzerland, with cocoon bobbin; £15
I think these are from an embroidery machine, and I have several



BBSH025 Bar, lift spring, one bobbin, VG, fits Singer New Family/12k, FRTS: SOLD
Not shown but very similar BBSH025a, as above, marked DRGM, no notch so not for Singer 12k; £20



BBSH073 Notch, open bar, one bobbin; £20



BBSH005 Curved; £20



BBSH007 with cover; £20



BBSH038, no notch, with one bobbin, very good; £20

Long Bobbins

Many of these are singles.
No more than 2 per customer...
I am now so short of long bobbins that I am not supplying any (apart from standard Singer) if you already have more than one.. Sorry..
A note on bobbin sizes.. Boat shuttles are fussy about both length and width - if the bobbin does not fit nicely into the little spring cup at the end and move freely inside the shuttle it will jam and / or jump out, causing problems.. For bullet shuttles, the bobbin is much less crucial - but then you may have problems with the bobbin winder not winding the thread properly or failing to drive the bobbin at all..
So, the right one is good.. And improvisation? Here's one I found recently... Paper, toothpick, who need technology?
I have also found dead (and live) matches, twists of paper, and little pieces of firewood...


BB164 Short pips; £3

BB184 1 notch; £2.50

BBL024 Two holes, flattened ends; £3

BBL028 One notch, uneven pips; £2.50

BBL042 Long pips, one hole; £3

BBL044 Long pips, one hole; £3

BBL043 Long pips, no hole; £3

BB010 Singer standard (usually in stock); £2.50 each

BB050 Jones CS; £3.50
(B093a and BB093b are passable for these)

BB093a Frister and Rossman: 33.6 x 9.25mm: 1.322 x 0.36in; £2.50 each

BB093b As a, ish; £2.50 each

BBL035 One notch, 35 x 6.5mm; 1.38 x 0.25in; £2.50

BBL034 Chunky ends: 32.38 x 7.86mm: 1.275 x 0.3in; £3

BBL033 One notch, one hole; 37.4 x 8.36mm: 1.47 x 0.329in; £3

BB183 No holes, 38 x 9.72mm; 1.497 x 0.384ins; £2.50

BB193 1 hole: 34.68 x 7.19mm, 1.377 x 0.28ins; £3
Fits Jones "Serpentine" Hand machine

BB040: 32.6 x 10.7mm; 1.28 x 0.42in; £2.50

BB164: 38 x 9.7mm; 1.5 0.38ins; £2.50

BB137 Frister and Rossmann, many holes; £3.50

BB157 No holes: 38 x 9.1mm, 1.5 x 0.38ins; £3

BB158 Two holes: 31.9 x 8.85mm, 1.25 x 0.34ins; £2.50

BB154 One hole, one flat end: 33.67 x 9.2mm, 1.326 x 0.36ins; £2.50

BB155 Long pips, 2 notches: 38 x 8mm, 1.5 x 0.31ins; £2.50

BBL045 Nickel, like FR with only one hole; £3

BB160 Two holes, possibly Bradbury: 33.8 x 9mm, 1.33 x 0.35ins; £3

BB126, one hole, pointy pips; £2.50

BB161 One long pip: 33.8 x 9.3mm, 1.33 x 0.36ins; £2.50

BB041 Possibly Shakespear: 25.07 x 7.46mm, 0.98 x 0.29in; £2.50

BB044 Marked Griffiths patent: 27.65 x 8.5mm; 1.08 x 0.33in; £2.50

BBL027 One hole, long pips, domed ends: 36.26 x 7.56mm;1.388 x 0.298ins; £2.50

BBL026 One hole, domed, short pips: 33.95 x 9.22mm; 1.33 x 0.36ins; £2.50

BBL031, 1 notch; 35.46 x 7.56mm; 1.396 x 0.29in; £3

BBL003 2 holes: 37.13 x 9.3mm, 1.46 x 0.36ins; £3

BBL004 Bevel ends, no holes: 26.05 x 8.16mm, 1.026 x 0.32ins; £3

BBL005 One hole: 32.07 x 8.75mm, 1.26 x 0.34ins; £2.50

BBL039 One pip, one flat end, no holes; £2.50

BBL029 Vickers: 33.8 x 9.4mm; 1.33 x 0.37ins; £2.50
I also have shuttles for this

BBL006 One pip, one hole: 33.4 x 7.69mm, 1.315 x 0.3ins; £2.50

BBL007 2 holes: 39.95 x 7.77mm, 1.54 x 0.3ins; £3

BBL008 2 holes: 31.1 x 7.65mm, 1.38 x 0.3ins; £2.50

BBL009 No holes: 32.3 x 9.3mm, 1.24 x 0.36ins; £2.50

BBL012 1 hole: 33.83 x 8.4mm, 1.33 x 0.33ins; £2.50

BBL013 No holes: 35.2 x 8mm, 1.38 x 0.31ins; £3

BBL014 1 hole: 33.68 x 9mm, 1.32 x 0.35ins; £2.50

BB045, short, bevelled ends; £2.50

BBL020 2 holes: 35.3 x 7.8mm, 1.39 x 0.3ins; £3

BBL015 1 notch: 35.27 x 7.45mm, 1.388 x 0.29ins; £3

BBL017 Like Singer, 1 hole: 33.75 x 9.36mm, 1.329 x 0.35ins; £2.50

BBL018 1 hole: 32.65 x 10.73mm, 1.28 x 0.42ins; £3

BBL019 1 hole: 36.3 x 7.14mm, 1.43 x 0.28ins; £3

BB129, fits Jones Serpentine (Hand) and FRTS; £3.50

BBL030, Naumann VS; 2 holes in one end; 34.05 x 9.17mm; 1.34 x 0.36in; £3

BBL022 These are the skinniest bobbins I've ever had in stock, and I would really like to know what they fit - 30 x 4.9 mm; £3

BBL036 Boye 25s, new; £3 each, clip; £3

BBL041 Deep domes, no holes; £2.50

BBL038 Domed ends, notch; £3

BBL037 Davis Vibra; £3

BBL040 Domed ends, long pips, 2 holes; £3

Shuttle Carriers



RA013 Federation; £6

RA019 Vesta TS; £6

RA110 Mundlos; £5

RA111 Singer 12; £10

RA119 Frister Rossmann TS; £7.50

RA028 Jones CS; £6
RA028a, not shown but pretty much identical, for Jones Empress; £6

RA128 German TS; £7.50

RA127 Harris 2H TS (like Vesta); £5

RA088 German TS with boat; £5

RA006 Vickers shuttle carrier; £6

RA010 Vesta TS shuttle carrier and block; £6

RA014 Regina TS shuttle carrier and bits; £7.50

RA015 German Frister and Rossman clone shuttle carrier; £6

RA016 Harris OS shuttle carrier; £6

RA024 Square Jones shuttle carrier and bits; £6

RA026 Vesta VSIII shuttle carrier and spring; £6

RA035 Frister and Rossman TS shuttle carrier; £6

RA038 Singer 27/28 (early type) shuttle carrier 6231; £5

RA047 Hexagon; £7

RA039 Singer 128/127 (later type) shuttle carrier; £6

RA156; £4

RA087 Pfaff TS; £5

RA046 Superb TS (Singer 12 clone) shuttle carrier and assorted under-parts; £8

Oddments and Parts

To keep your bobbins and shuttles in good order..
I have a lot of damaged or incomplete shuttles, parts, springs, and screws - if in need or doubt it's best to ring or email and ask...

BB048 Singer shuttle adjusting key £3.50
Note that the smallest screwdrivers on This Page will also do the job very well

BB132 Two Boye shuttle tubes; marked 11S and 17B, empty; £1 each

BB025a Seidel and Naumann bobbin box; £10

BB025a from the side

BB025b Seidel and Naumann Bobbin box; £10

BB025 Seidel and Naumann bobbin box; £10

BB025d Another, also £10
My address is:-
Helen Howes
Helen Howes Sewing Machines
4, The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU. United Kingdom
01508 548137
From outside the UK dial:- 0044 1508 548137
helen@raindropkites.co.uk
I'm open 11 till 5 every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays