6 August 2015

More shuttles

So here are two more of the shuttles I won on Fleabay (also known as Ebay to those of a saner disposition)!

Yes there were two in the collection. TWO of my favourite of all time shuttles. If you look at the top picture that was on Fleabay (here) - you'll see one at the top under the purple thread and one at the bottom. 

I'm sure I've told you before that I was first introduced to Milward shuttles at the tender age of 13 by my gran. As far as I can remember they were the only shuttle we could get hold of in the local shops. 

Then a few years later I came across the dear old Aero (made by the same company) which I didn't like at first. It wasn't until some time after that that I decided it would be much faster to wind and easier on the sofa (kept having to take it apart to find the wretched Milward hook).  I also thought it would be faster to use as the hook couldn't get lost. 

So, a few days of severe 'brain training' (I used to have many more than just BC3 in those days), I taught myself the knack of using this shuttle. Did you know that the life of a real Aero can be in excess of 50 years? Well, I'm not sure that's a fact but I'm sure I'm still using some of the original ones!


  1. Mine are made in Germany, but they're my favourites too.

  2. My first shuttle was a Millward too, then I bought a couple of Aeros. Both of them broke after about 10 years, when I was popping the bobbin in or out of them. So maybe they came from a bad batch.

    Millwards always seem to be referred to as "vintage" on Ebay, which makes me feel really old.

  3. Well when I think it was almost sixty years since I started using a Milward then I think they are vintage - along with me!!!!

    1. But I only bought them 36 years ago! :)

  4. I am lucky enough to have one of each in my collection. I don't use them for fear of breakage, but I do love to look at them!

  5. Lucky find, I have an Aero my mother used, along with two bobbins. They are over 40 years, perhaps more. I still use it occasionally.

  6. They are my favourite too


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