Saturday, July 24, 2010

And how is your sewing or embroidery machine working?

This morning, I am blogging about the most common embroidery/sewing tips that I share when things go wrong.

Something to remember, Breathe and Relax when approaching a sewing machine problem.  Remember those science projects most of us hated as kids?  It's the same process but only easier because you love to sew and have an invested interest in finding out the answer! Make a cup of tea before you begin...

First, is the thread in the tension disks properly? Did you re-thread it to make sure? Next, did it occur while using a quality thread you have always worked with, or is it a different brand? Have you changed your needle? Was the bobbin full or almost empty at the time of occurrence? Does your fabric match your stabilizer and selected needle?  And the dreaded, if you did all of this: By any chance did you try holding your bobbin case up to the light to make sure that the needle hasn't damaged the case?  You can see a pinhole of light most often when this happens? If you see a pinhole, run to your dealer and get a replacement. A small burr in the casing will also create problems and again you must see your dealer to have it rubbed out.

Some more tips to prevent machine damage:  Don't pull your fabric through your machine while sewing. Let your feed dogs do all the work.  You are there to GUIDE the fabric. If you keep pulling on your fabric, eventually you will throw off the timing of your machine and you will have to bring it in to a sewing store for repair service.

Speaking of your sewing store: take your machine in once a year to have it thoroughly cleaned and oiled.  Prevention is better than needing a repair.  Prevention is less costly than an untimely repair.  Did you know that lack of use can be worse than using your machine daily?  If you have a machine in the closet for years, go get it serviced prior to sewing.  Fact: one Oiling doesn't lubricate forever.  Oil over time does thicken and gunk up.  Do not keep your machine in bright sunlight, it will yellow the white casing. Treat the computerized screens like you would a computer.  Bright light directly at the screens is not good for visibility & creates more dust accumulation, etc.

Other tips can be found on the videos on:

How to Embroider Socks
How to Add Ribbons to Socks
How to Embroider Gloves
How to Make a Journal
How to Use the Deduper Software for Embroidery Files
How to Use the Deduper Software for Photos (or other files)
And then last but not least, Mr. Cookie demos how to embroider socks with the Sock Easy because he can!!!  :)

Now these videos provide tips that are useful even if you don't own these items because you might apply them to your current methods.

Keep on sewing ~ Cookie

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