Bobbins · Cleaning · Skipped stitches

Thou shalt polish thy shuttle

And this applies to every type of sewing machine, modern or vintage! After last week’s troubles with twisted thread, normality returned for a while when I switched to cotton. However, I soon ran out of that, and was back with this: ​Thread pulls. Ugh! This conundrum kept bothering me because come to think of it,…… Continue reading Thou shalt polish thy shuttle

Changing needle type · Needles

Convert your vintage machine to modern needles – for needle clamps with side insertion

Many vintage sewing machines use old types of needles that are no longer being made. This is very annoying because it forces you to retire an otherwise fabulous machine for the stupid reason that you can’t find the needles for it! But fear not, the solution is here. You can give your dearest the gift…… Continue reading Convert your vintage machine to modern needles – for needle clamps with side insertion

Multi-needle · Sewing machines · Thread tension

Thread tension for twin needles – inspiration

Domestic sewing machines typically have a single tension control unit for the upper thread. This is fine for sewing with a single needle, but is often insufficient when using twin or triple needles. Have you noticed how overlockers have separate tension controls for each thread? We need the same on a sewing machine! ​I have…… Continue reading Thread tension for twin needles – inspiration

Bobbins · Feet · Needle plates · Needles · Skipped stitches

Skipped stitches and their remedies

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