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Resurrected sewing machine!

I found my Bernette for Bernina 6800 which has been in storage of some kind since I last used it, over a decade ago. I would love to get it running again and get a lot of use out of it--what should be my next steps? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jun 22, 2014 - 7 answers

What are these metal thingies?

My daughter bought a second-hand sewing machine, a Singer Tradition, which is apparently only a couple of years old. Included in the accessories was a small ziplock bag which held six metal thingies, three of one sort and three of the other. We are baffled as to what they are. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jun 7, 2014 - 6 answers

What to replace my mother's 40-year-old sewing machine with?

My mother's ~40-year-old Sears Kenmore sewing machine is finally giving up the ghost. I know nothing about sewing machines but do know that it looks a lot like the first images here. Any suggestions on what to replace it with? [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut on Apr 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Why is my sewing machine pulling loops underneath the fabric?

I've read up on how the top and bottom tensioning is supposed to work, but it hasn't helped. I've got the bobbin adjusted so it lets out about an inch when I bounce it by the thread. Adjusting the top tension from there doesn't seem to make much difference. I always get the loops. The weird thing is that the top thread seems really hard to pull out when I do it by hand. It's so hard that's it sometimes breaks. Why should tension that seems stiff to the hand pull through when the machine sews? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Mar 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Big but simple beginner sewing machine projects?

I just got my sewing machine. Yay! Help me figure out what to make with her. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Feb 4, 2014 - 26 answers

sew lost

Best beginner-level small or handheld sewing machines under $75? [more inside]
posted by troika on Sep 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Suggestions for a mechanical sewing machine in UK/EU?

I'd like to buy a used (or possibly new) reliable, easy to use mechanical (versus computerized) sewing machine available in Britain or the EU for very basic uses, mostly hemming, repairs, and making simple things like pillow covers, curtains, table clothes, etc., and I'd love some recommendations. I'll probably be looking mostly on eBay UK and Amazon UK. [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 5, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I start searching for a sewing machine?

I am looking to upgrade from my very basic, ten-year-old Elna 2110 sewing machine to something that I'll still be enjoying twenty or more years from now. I know what basic features I want, but I don't know how to translate that into a sewing machine search. There are just SO MANY sewing machines available that I'm unsure how to narrow it down. How do I articulate what I'm looking for in sewing machine-buying terms? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Apr 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Ideas for a sewing party?

My friends were interested in my recently acquired sewing machine and brought up the idea of a craft/sewing party. I have no idea how that would work. Help? [more inside]
posted by Durin's Bane on Feb 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Best semi-pro sewing machine for heavy fabrics?

What pro or semi-pro sewing machine would be best for a home sewer opening an Etsy store that sells denim, canvas, and Cordura (1000 denier) luggage and other bags? Ability to sew lighter fabrics as well would be a plus, as would overlock capability (a separate overlock machine would also work). This is for a class project and hypothetical, so price is no object.
posted by WorkingMyWayHome on Feb 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I change my Janome to sew super thick fabrics?

New Sewing Machine Question! I got a new sewing machine for Christmas, a Janome Magnolia 7318, and I love it. My only snag so far is how to sew thick fabrics. I want to sew thick fleeces for stuff for my dogs and the layers are too thick to fit under the stock foot. Is there a different shank I can buy (not sure if that is the right word) that is higher? I tried to google it but no luck.
posted by dottiechang on Dec 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Is altreing trousers hard? If not, what sewing machine should I get?

Can I learn to make alterations to my own pants? If so, what kind of sewing machine should I get? [more inside]
posted by althanis on Oct 10, 2012 - 13 answers

New sewing machine for canvas and Cordura?

I'd like to upgrade from hand-stitching, and buy my first sewing machine. I'm only interested in sewing bags (mostly messenger bags), and I'll be using Cordura and natural canvas. What sewing machine will do the job? I don't want to fork out a lot for an industrial machine, because that's just too much of a commitment for something I only dabble in. And I don't have enough space for those antique Singer cabinets.
posted by Xere on Sep 12, 2012 - 12 answers

What sewing machine should I buy?

What kind of sewing machine should I get my beloved for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by Jode on Jun 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Is This Smell Normal?

New sewing machine smells weird during use. Common? Should I be nervous? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Why won't this sewing machine work?

Why is the top thread on my sewing machine unable to catch the bobbin thread? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on May 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Put my sewing machine through its paces!

I'm a relatively new sewer and just got my first good sewing machine. It's a Brother CS6000i. Before I get started on the various projects that I've been waiting to do since my old machine broke, I want to get to know the machine well. I've read the manual. Now, what should I do to put it through its paces? Give me your idea of an afternoon of sewing machine boot camp.
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Guidance for buying a used sewing machine?

Shopping for a used sewing machine - what should I check for, and what questions should I ask before buying? [more inside]
posted by gg on Feb 6, 2012 - 10 answers

I swear we were born into the wrong generation.

[SewingFilter] We'd rather avoid making the worst sewing machine related purchase of our lives? Help us decide if getting an older machine could be a better choice than a newer model. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 5, 2012 - 37 answers

How do I get rid of my sewing machine's stubborn case of thread monsters?

Sewing machine filter: I can't get rid of thread monsters and my bobbins aren't winding properly. Normal troubleshooting tips not working. [more inside]
posted by luckynerd on May 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Ricami 101

If an embroidery technique like the one shown in this video can be done using a standard sewing machine, how? [more inside]
posted by cp311 on May 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Sew (with) what?

What sewing machine should I buy? I'm looking for easy and good value for my money. [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Jun 7, 2010 - 22 answers

What stitch is "S.S."?

My new old sewing machine has a blind stitch lever with three settings: "B.S.", "M", and "S.S.". What is "M", and especially what is "S.S."? [more inside]
posted by mendel on May 31, 2010 - 10 answers

Correct parts for a Bernette/Bernina 812 sewing machine?

Correct parts for a Bernette/Bernina 812 sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by Perplexer on Nov 6, 2009 - 4 answers

All about sewing machine cabinets

So I've been coveting a sewing machine cabinet for a couple of reasons. They're expensive, but I find affordable used ones at a local thrift store and on craigslist pretty regularly. However, I don't know what I'm doing! [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Oct 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Automatic sewing machine - I provide the design, the machine does the rest!

Do programmable sewing machines exist? I want to be able to provide the sewing machine with a design or logo and have it sew it for me - in this case, a nice little dog to go on the breast pocket of a golf shirt. [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on Sep 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Where's the "make a shirt" button?

My sewing machine is on its last legs. What should I look for in a new one? [more inside]
posted by tomatofruit on Mar 24, 2009 - 7 answers

How does the bobbin work on this sewing machine?

I can't figure out how the bobbin works on this sewing machine. It's a Kenmore model 148.19370. This is a picture of the important parts. [more inside]
posted by gregr on Mar 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Does anyone have a bobbin I can borrow?

What tools should I bring to my first sewing class? [more inside]
posted by ginagina on Jan 17, 2009 - 7 answers

Sewing machine repair in San Francisco

Please recommend a good place to have a sewing machine serviced in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Oct 1, 2008 - 1 answer

Need info on this sewing machine!

Does anyone know anything about the Sears Kenmore sewing machine Zig-Zag 1756? I can purchase used one for $30, but I can't find any information online about it, other than the opportunity to purchase a manual. Is it an old model? Is it appropriate for a beginner? Thanks!
posted by faunafrailty on Aug 8, 2008 - 1 answer

I want a MANLY sewing machine!

Heavy duty sewing machines? What do I need? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jul 31, 2008 - 12 answers

We can rebuild it... Maybe?

Can my sewing machine be fixed? [more inside]
posted by slowfasthazel on Dec 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Getting an old sewing machine fixed in New York/Jersey City

Recommendations for sewing machine repair places in New York City or Jersey City? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on Jul 13, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me not sew my own finger by mistake

Help me not sew my own finger to the machine! I recently bought a Singer 99 model from the 30s (I think) and can't get it to work for the life of me. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Jun 9, 2007 - 5 answers

incoming sewing n00b alert

I've been inspired by t-shirt surgery and am thinking of getting into sewing. However, I've never sewed something in my life. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 7, 2007 - 24 answers

How does one tame a bobbin?

SewingFilter. I've a new sewing machine, a model 2950 bought refurbished from Singer. As such, I need help with something that ought to be simple. How does one go about positioning and manipulating the bobbin in such a way that the needle will pick it up? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Feb 24, 2007 - 8 answers

I want a geeky sewing machine

I want a geeky sewing machine. [more inside]
posted by squishy on Aug 4, 2006 - 13 answers

Sewingfilter: loops on bottom of fabric

When using my sewing machine, large loops and tangles of thread are generated on the bottom side of the fabric. What am I doing wrong and what do I need to do to remedy the problem?
posted by kc0dxh on Apr 12, 2005 - 15 answers

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