Bebarfald Blue-Bird "1929" VS Instruction Booklet


This historic document was originally printed by Bebarfalds in 1929 and supplied with the Blue-Bird "1929" model which looks like this:

Bebarfald “badged” most of the machines they sold as Blue-Birds, the pictured "1929" is really a Pfaff 11, but is may have been partially assembled in Australia.

While the booklet has been specifically written for Blue-Bird “1929” model machines housed in Bebarfald automatic bureau treadle cabinets, the instructions will be helpful to owners of many other brands of VS (vibrating shuttle) machines, particularly those housed in similar cabinets; if you are unsure about your machine please contact me.



(according to the manual)




  1. Automatic shuttle ejector.
  2. Sews backwards and forwards. Saves turning the material.
  3. Large Bedplate prevents vibration.
  4. Needle-threader supplied free. Saves your eyes and time.
  5. Cotton-cutter.
  6. Automatic Tension release prevents breaking of cotton when removing material.
  7. Built-in direct-ray sewing light prevents eye-strain.
  8. Easily placed oil holes conveniently placed where necessary.
  9. The only Sewing Machine guaranteed in writing for your lifetime
  10. Specially designed balance wheel makes the machine light-running.
  11. Regulator for backwards and forwards sewing, and adjusting stitch.
  12. Trouble-proof bobbin winder winds bobbins evenly, then automatically shuts off.
  13. Improved adjustable bearings. These allow you to take up wear on the machine for a lifetime.
  14. Plenty of arm space to adjust position of your material.
  15. Fitted to take automatic dressmaking attachments, which are supplied free with machine.

Beberfald were clearly setting themselves up as the place to buy quality domestic sewing machines though evidence suggests they imported all the sewing machines they installed in their beautifully made cabinets even when their advertising suggests otherwise.

Of the 15 points for "1929", the only real significant one is the ability to stitch in reverse; while this was not unusual by 1929, few (if any) domestic Singer models had a reverse stitch in the 1920s. The "direct-ray" sewing light is not a feature of any "1929" which I've seen in person, however I have seen photos of one.

The 16 page reproduction booklet (20 pages including cover) is A5 size (the original was 138mm 205mm).

Bebarfald Blue-Bird Attachments Instruction Booklet

Details how to utilise all the Greist attachments typically supplied with German made Bebarfald Blue-Bird VS models

The 16 page reproduction booklet (20 pages including cover) is A5 size (the original was 138mm 205mm).

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No copyright is to be inferred by this reproduction, I only produced it to assist fellow vintage sewing machine enthusiasts
and seek only to be compensated a little for the time spent digitally reconstructing and the expense of printing.


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