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All zig-zag machines that I've got, are round bobbin. I know of one transverse shuttle zig-zag machine: it is by Seidel & Neumann, see http://www.naehmaschine-antik.de. Round bobbin hooks can be classified like this: rotary versus oscillating, vertical versus horizontal, side-facing versus front-facing. Rotary and oscillating hooks have very similar performance characteristics when the other two… Continue reading Zig-zag hooks and their strengths and weaknesses
Don't just carry on sewing when you've pricked your finger! Unless you are sewing red, that is. 😉
Need? Probably not. Want? Ah, now we are getting somewhere... 😉 I currently have 12 lockstitch machines in active use, plus 3 overlockers, plus 1 little chain stitcher, plus 4 machines that need a little work to come into active duty. Do I really need another? No. My existing sewing crew covers almost all of… Continue reading Do I need another nice old sewing machine?
A lot of people are intimidated by the necessity to adjust thread tension on their sewing machine. Yet, as every sewing machine manual tells you, both bobbin and upper tension need to be checked and adjusted for every project, sometimes several times during the project, because these settings depend on many factors, such as the… Continue reading Tension adjustment for the unafraid
I've been hearing it a lot lately: "making clothes is not worth my time". Sometimes people have been implying that I waste my life away making my clothes. Some people even said so. Not worth your time? So, how many days a year do you walk about naked? Most people wear clothes every day of… Continue reading Making clothes not worth your time?
Low tension on the bobbin thread is required in many situtations, in particular for zig-zag, buttonholes and embroidery, or also for straight stitch to make a flexible stitch that stretches with fabric (think knits and jersey!). Each machine has its own limit to how low the bobbin thread tension can go before the stitches get… Continue reading The lowest bobbin tension