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Sewing Machines / Re: Singer 6234 -- nesting problem
« Last post by J Miller on Today at 02:22:09 PM »

First let me say I've never worked on your model of Singer.     So what I'm saying is based on my experience with several older models.
I see two potential problems.

1>  On all the horizontal bobbin Singers I've worked on there is a bobbin case latch spring or cushion spring that holds the case in place.   There are adjustments for this spring.  If the latch or spring is too tight the thread cannot pass around it to complete it's circuit of the bobbin case.  With the machines I've worked on the results are exactly what you have.   The thread is being caught and held at the tightest space between the latch / spring and the bobbin case.

Were I working on your machine, I'd hunt up a service manual and check the section regarding the bobbin case mounting adjustments.     

2.  Also your presser foot to feed dog alignment is way off.    Once you get it sewing you'll find it wants to sew around in circles.


Machine Sewing / Serging direction: A right way?
« Last post by Linkie on Today at 02:06:43 PM »
I'm still using my workhorse Toyota serger, which is about 20+ years old. It does a decent job of overcasting seams in garments. I make a lot of shift dresses, usually of cotton or cotton blend, and wonder if there is a protocol for serging seam edges.

I'm asking because I sometimes notice a little "pull" on the side that starts, say, from the bottom up, as opposed to the other side, which starts from top down. I hope this question is not too confusing. Bottom line, should I try to serge in the same direction on both seams--e.g., top to bottom? I don't see a problem except that the stitch on one side looks a bit different. I usually line my dresses, so appearance isn't a big deal.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

Chatter / Re: Sewing Inheritance
« Last post by annenet on Today at 02:01:27 PM »
I have two button boxes that were started by my  great grandmother. If I only need one button I can almost always find one there. The tins are really cool - they are from the Heidi Candy Company and my grandmother's sister in law as the ward of Henry Heidi. Not sure that's where the tins came from but I wished I had more - they are just so cool.
Quilting / Quilts in the Making II
« Last post by Terri B on Today at 01:57:08 PM »
Andi, the batting you use depends on the look you are going for. 100% cotton will be pretty flat looking & will shrink a fair amount when washed. Wool is nice, but has more loft than cotton or cotton blends, so you'll have more puff. Personally I like Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly blend. It shrinks a little when washed but not as much as 100% cotton, so you still get the puckers just not as pronounced. It will also stand up to hard use.
Chatter / Re: Decluttering4
« Last post by Ann on Today at 01:39:53 PM »
Carla, how sweet of you and your family giving up room for your dad to live with you. I am sure he will appreciate everything you are doing for him.

I did get the dining area scrubbed down and the one cabinet was totally unloaded and sorted. A pile for the garbage, a pile to be put in the basement, and the rest organized and put back in the cabinet. Today my goal is to wash the windows, clean the light fixture and wash the floor. This room was loaded with dust and hand prints from two boys I tutored. They couldn't keep their hands off the walls.  If there is enough time left, I will start washing walls in the living room.

I am thinking of cutting my sewing time short by 30 minutes each day and start putting things away in the sewing room. It is quite messy in there and I am not enjoying my time in the room at the moment. Maybe I should just get off the computer and do 30 minutes before I eat breakfast.

Chatter / Re: Decluttering4
« Last post by Carla on Today at 01:37:50 PM »
Thank you, Lynda.  Yes, it has been a long, hard decision for him.  For years he declared that he would never live outside Alabama, despite the fact that both my brother and I offered him homes with either of us.  He has reached the place where he just doesn't need to be alone all the time and thankfully, made the choice himself to make the move.  Certainly there will be adjustments for all of us.

Thanks, Anne.  Daddy doesn't have the money for Assisted Living and I'm not sure that is truly what he needs anyway, but my husband's mother is in an Independent Living facility and loves it.  Each person is different.

Beautiful work everyone!  wow!  I can see why this thread has the word 'Inspiration' in it.  I haven't looked here in a little more than a week and so many beautiful things have popped up.  It really is inspiring :)
Chatter / Re: Decluttering4
« Last post by annenet on Today at 01:11:56 PM »
That's a great thing you are doing for your Father. DM wouldn't move in with us and prefered going to assisted living. Not arguing with that. As she said she didn't want to spend her life waiting for people to come home from work.

I actually found the guest bed this weekend! I was up to my ears in projects trying to finish the PR challenge I joined. So after pics shot and posted I got to clean up! Next few projects shouldn't take over the whole upper floor like this one did!
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sew what are you sewing this weekend?
« Last post by annenet on Today at 01:07:38 PM »
Very nice Ann! I really liked Chinelo - it was amazing what she could do!
Chatter / Re: Decluttering4
« Last post by LyndaC on Today at 01:05:43 PM »
Thank you for your kind attitude to your Father.  This must be a tough decision for him to give up his freedom.
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