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What are the limitations of a mini-sewing machine vs a full sized machine?

Compared to a "full-sized" machine, what are the drawbacks of a mini? I currently have a Singer 201 cabinet sewing machine dating from the `50s, which is used for general repairs and rarely ...
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Why would threading a sewing machine with the foot down cause faulty stitching (and what about threading with the foot removed)?

In trying to troubleshoot some bunched up thread on the back of the workpiece, I noticed the following wording in the manual of my Bernina Activa 145: Faulty stitching... Sewing computer threaded ...
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Gumble of thread through bobbin hole? Thread loose on down-side of cloth? [duplicate]

I've had an issue where after I set my presser-foot lifter and begin to sew in a straight-line thread pattern. The needle does stall due to insufficient torque. Then, I release the foot and raise the ...
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Do all sewing machines have the same needles (mounting wise)?

My mom has a Silvercrest 33B1 sewing machine and I am looking for an appropriate set of needles. She mostly sews curtains, tableclothes and chair covers. These I assume use thin fabrics, either ...
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How to sew a rounded neckline on a men's thobe? [closed]

i wanted to know the pattern for sewing the rounded neck of this mens thobe, can someone send me a pattern or give me some clue about it, thanks in regard,
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Pfaff 360 straight stitches are slightly slanted?

I recently bought a Pfaff 360. I've used sewing machines before, but this is the first I've actually owned and I don't recall this being an issue I've noticed. I believe I have the tension settings ...
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Can you sew over the edge of the fabric with a zigzag stitch using a sewing machine?

One teacher told me it doesn't matter at all as long as half the stitch is on the fabric - the machine will accommodate and tighten. Another woman told me she always keeps the full stitch on the ...
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Friction against the needle sewing coated outdoor (waterproof) fabrics - lubrication?

I'm modifying/repairing a backpack, and have once again encountered a problem that's fairly common with outdoor gear. In this case it's exacerbated by sewing a very thick stack of fabric where seams ...
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Needles for machine-sewing rubber

Now I have a sewing machine with a walking foot (Bernina Activa 145), I'm having another go at my upcycled bike inner tube wallet design (old question from when I tried hand-sewing it); the answer I ...
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How to copy an embroidery pattern to a Bernina Bernette Deco 500?

I have a Bernina Bernette Deco 500 which comes with a card of a strange format. I thought at first that it was a compact flash, but it has only one pins row. From what I read, this machine use the PES ...
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What is this stitch option on my Euro Pro Deluxe Denim & Silk

Curious about this odd "offset" stitch on my sewing machine, does it have a name? When would it be used? It's under the "stretch" heading, so I gather it would be used on stretchy ...
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How do I attach frilly extension of skirt using a sewing machine WITHOUT the thread appearing on the front of the skirt?

How do I attach frilly extension of skirt using a sewing machine WITHOUT the thread appearing on the front of the skirt? Without sewing machine only alternative to sew on the frilly extension is to ...
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Are you supposed to oil the upper thread tension discs on a sewing machine?

I am getting erratic behavior when I adjust the upper thread tension knob on my sewing machine. For example, no matter how slowly I adjust it, it's either too loose or too tight. Or during sewing the ...
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Is reverse stitching on a sewing machine always slower than forwards?

I've got a Bernina Activa 145, which I mainly use for bike luggage and outdoor gear. That means a fair bit of bar tacking webbing straps etc. If I keep exactly the same pressure on the pedal, and ...
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What type of sewing machine is appropriate for making heavy fabric bags?

I've been making custom bags, purses and totes out of heavy cloth fabrics for the last several years and have been struggling with my two home sewing machines (Brother CS6000i and Janome HD3000). I ...
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What should I look for when I look for sewing machine needles?

I am thinking of buying new needles for my Silvercrest SNM 33 B1 sewing machine, but I do not know whether sewing machine needle have a specific compatibility with specific a sewing machine ...
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Why does the thread keep snapping on my Silvercrest sewing machine?

I started using my mom's sewing machine for the first time a Silvercrest SNM 33 B1 sewing machine, but the thread on it keeps snapping. Why does this happen? Is it my needle's fault or are the threads ...
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Sewing machine that looks manly [closed]

I'm looking for a sewing machine, so that I make my own clothes. But, in order to protect my ego as an almost-40 years old dude, I'd like it to look a bit manly. I found the Singer Heavy Duty 4452, ...
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What is this long free arm machine called?

This post about sewing tubes without a presser foot or feed dogs suggests using a specialized machine. What is the second machine in Elmy's answer here called?
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Do I have to lower the foot and needle when my sewing machine is not in use?

My mom insists than whenever I don't use a sewing machine, I have to put a piece of scrap fabric under the sewing foot, lower the foot and move the needle all the way down. This is supposedly true for ...
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What important tools does a small tailoring outfit need?

Please note: this question is intended to give me some ideas so I can start formulating a surprise gift for my wife. The obvious answer here might be: "Just ask her!" but that defeats the ...
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Are computer controlled sewing machine commercially available? [closed]

Are such sewing machine available? Ones that start or stop or do reinforcement stitches by computer instruction?
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Looping on bottom of fabric while sewing - even after adjusting the tension [duplicate]

We have a Brother XN1700 and have been hitting some problems with looping appearing on the bottom of the fabric. We've tried the following, per the instruction manual and some guides on the internet: ...
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What is that dial on top of my sewing machine? What purpose does it serve?

I have a Brother CS6000i sewing machine. I noticed that on the top of the machine, there is a dial that goes in slow increments, between 1 and 5. I've tried turning the dial, and it doesn't seem to ...
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Where can I buy a new drop-in Bobbin case electric contact spring?

On removing the drop-in bobbin case I broke 'the spring'. 'The spring' is pictured well in many articles but; No explanation of what the 'electrical contact' spring actually does. (Other than a guide ...
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Cleaning and oiling a Singer 3002

I would like to properly clean and oil a borrowed Singer 3002 machine! I have the instruction manual but it only says clean and oil, without much instruction on how to do that. I've been looking for ...
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Is there any way to salvage a broken needle (discrete form-factor, hard to replace)?

My wife broke a needle, which apparently is not a conventional one you could easily buy a replacement for. Not surprisingly, a search online reveals the general consensus would be to simply replace ...
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Are sewing-machines from elna and janome identical? [closed]

It seems that Janome bought Elna some years ago. Now, a lot of sewing-machines from Elna and Janome seem to be identical, but they differ in price. For example "Elna 864 air" and "Janome AirThread ...
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Singer 7466 lost timing

Does anyone know how to reset the timing on a Singer 7466? It lost timing the other day while my wife was trying to sew fabric too thick for the machine. After that the needle was coming down at the ...
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My sewing machine is accelerating for an unknown reason

My Toyota SFT39 (RS2000 3D Series, 2012) sewing machine has suddenly started accelerating at top speed no matter how gentle I am on the foot pedal. I opened up the foot pedal and can’t see anything ...
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How to sew a knit fabric with a straight stitch machine?

My sewing machine, a Singer Featherweight, only has the option of a straight stitch. I can adjust the length and tension, but can't do a zig-zag stitch. Is it possible to sew a stretchy knit fabric ...
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What could be causing my sewing machine (Singer 3223) to be sewing zig zag rather than straight?

Strange problem/query, but my Singer 3223 has decided to sew a small(ish) zig-zag style pattern--even when the stitch dial is set to the straight stitch. For clarity, the stitches in the zig zag are ...
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Alternatives to sewing machine bobbin felt pads

I saw a sewing machine tutorial where the repairman said some problems can be prevented by using sewing machine bobbin felt pads. Two felt pads came with my Singer Start 1304. Now, one is missing. ...
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How to Slow the Speed of a Sewing Machine

I recently purchased Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine. When I press on the foot ever so lightly it goes fast and loud. I am really taken aback by so much noise and speed (especially since I am new ...
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Are there cases where we do not reverse stitch when sewing?

I purchased a Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine and am watching tutorials. In one of them, the lady demonstrates how to make a simple stitch. She goes a few stitches forward, a few stitches back, and ...
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Basic sewing machine [duplicate]

I am looking for a basic sewing machine. I do not need any "bells or whistles." I was in a sewing machine shop and they showed me some Brother machines. Cheapest was around $500. I do not ...
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Husqvarna Viking 2000, on the off chance anyone knows the specs of the drive belt

I am looking to replace one of the drive belts, the smaller one with the square teeth, on my Husqvarna Viking 2000. I cannot find anywhere the size or type of belt used. Any help in finding a ...
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What kind of stitch is this?

I wanted to know what kind of stitch is shown in this picture. Can I make it with a brother sewing machine cs6000i?
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Sewing machine: how to sew a straight line left ⇆ right (instead of front ⇆ back)?

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I'm looking for advice to use a (basic) sewing machine to sew a line from right to left (or the other way). The feed dog of my sewing machine (and most machines) is ...
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What needle depth should I set to prevent the machinery from hitting the needle?

I'm working on an old Singer sewing machine. How should I adjust the (highlighted purple) screw in the image below? It sets the depth that the needle goes down below the clothing being sewn. If I ...
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Sewing machine problem: machine won't tighten the loops under the material

A year ago I loaned my Brother XL-2600i to my kid's school, and only now have I tried using it again. Yep: they messed it up. The thread tangles up around the bobbin, and it makes grinding noises. ...
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Will lack of a zig-zag stitch be a problem for me?

I just got a secondhand sewing machine. The straight stitch, blind stitch, and stretch stitch settings work, but the zig-zag setting doesn't (the needle doesn't move side-to-side). I plan to use the ...
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Raising the bobbin thread doesn't work

I am just learning my Singer Inspiration 4210 sewing machine. I've had some good luck with it so far, got some basic stitching done. Then it jammed up on me, I had to pull it all out and tethered ...
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How to pick an embroidery machine

I'm looking at buying an embroidery machine (or more specifically my partner is). We only have one real hard requirement: The machine must be capable to accepting a pattern from our computer that ...
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Thread slipping out of tension discs, off spring, upper lever or bobbin thread slips out of tension

While sewing along a nice straight line the thread bunches, I look at the thread path and it is out from between the tension disks or not on the spring or the bobbin thread is out from under the ...
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What to look for in a good beginner's sewing machine?

I've been thinking about learning to sew and would like to get to the point where I could possibly make a dress (and try to invent one with pockets). I've repaired buttons and rips by hand but guess ...
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What happened to slant-needle sewing machines?

Slant-needle sewing machines used to be all the rage, and it's easy to see why: being able to see what you're sewing better is great. But nobody makes them anymore. Instead, most modern machines have ...
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How do I fix upper thread tension being too high?

Recently my sewing machine (Brother CS6000i) has started acting up, such that the lower stitches are pulled through to the top, and the top thread is so taut that the fabric puckers or bunches up. I ...
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What should I look for when getting a treadle sewing machine second hand?

I already explored getting a modern sewing machine second hand in this question. Now I would like to consider a treadle as well. I quite enjoy traditional tools where muscle power is used over ...
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How can I stop my thread from bunching when using a sewing machine?

I've recently started using a sewing machine to make simple cushion covers. But I've run into a consistent problem of bunching. Below is an example of what I'm experiencing: I've checked that my feed ...
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