Differential feed is when the upper and lower layers of the material are fed at different speeds, or as in overlockers when the front and rear of the feed dogs are moving at different speeds. The result is that the sewing gets stretched or gathered, either all of it or just one layer relative to…… Continue reading The gathering foot, the ruffler and differential feed
Because then this happens: That old machine packs quite a punch if it managed to bend the pin and to break the needle on impact. And that was size 90/14, so not that thin! Fortunately, nothing else got damaged.
It’s one of the most common problems in sewing: skipped stitches. But it can have many different causes and so may require different remedies. So let’s take a closer look! Needle and thread Special needles Thread tension The right needle plate The right foot The right foot pressure Mechanical issues Needle and thread Of course…… Continue reading Skipped stitches and their remedies
Here’s a chance to use those fancy stitches on a grown-up garment! And try an array of fancy feet in the process. The challenges of silk dupion Stop to fraying with fancy stitches Getting even fancier with lurex shading Parallel stitching with a big clear foot Double thread stitch and twin needle sewing Stitch in…… Continue reading Silk dupion, fancy stitches and fancy feet
My sewing machine has not been quite herself lately. It’s been noisy, even after oiling, and very now and again it would choke on the bobbin thread. There’d be a big noise, like a crash, but after a missed stitch, it would recover and sew nicely, just as before. What is wrong??? And then I…… Continue reading Bad bobbin!
I have new inventions to report! Wow, I’m so excited!! Well, to be fair, they are not brand new inventions of mine, but rather adaptations of my existing sewing machines to do new things. Still exciting though! Skip to Chain stitch on a vertical oscillator Skip to New double needle double step stitch The chain…… Continue reading New inventions!
Why do we need so many different plug types for sewing machine motors and their pedals? Why not to have one standard for all so that any pedal would fit any machine? Because that would be useful, and it would not force you to have half a dozen pedals and yards of spaghettified cables under…… Continue reading Free hand monogramming with zig-zag