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
It’s the latest thing in textiles – the nanotex, or fabrics made of extremely fine fibres, finer than microfibre, hence the “nano” bit. The fabrics themselves can have a substantial body to them, the theory being that using multi-stranded extra fine fibres is closer to nature since this is what fine wool and silk are…… Continue reading Sewing nanotex jersey, or the vibrating shuttle supremacy
You’ve seen them around, the narrow hem feet. They look so similar, so why do I have four of them supplied with my Haid & Neu machine? Time to read the manual! Fortunately, the feet are numbered, otherwise I’d have a hard time figuring out which is which. They look quite different on the…… Continue reading Know your snails from your sea shells – the narrow hem feet
Single thread chain stitch is the original knitted stitch, so it’s perfect for sewing knitwear and jersey. In the world of knitting machines, chain stitchers are known as linkers. Skip to Essex chain stitchers Skip to Chain stitch on lockstitch machines Skip to Sewing examples Drooling alert Back in the world of sewing machines, there…… Continue reading Sewing jersey with chain stitch
Having made the chiffon volant for my dress, I have attached it to the edge of the hem, and now I want to finish it off with a narrow satin ribbon. The ribbon is only 5mm wide, and it should sit with one side on the skirt and with the other side on the…… Continue reading Sewing on ribbon: the edger and the quilter
Among the bits that came with my 1950s Haid & Neu Primatic (a.k.a. Harris Automatic), there was a pole and a hat (well, how would you describe it?). Whatever were these used for? The pole fits into the hole in the hat, and the screw fixes it in place, but to what end? The suspense…… Continue reading A pole and a hat