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It sounds like she already has a basic "starter kit" for sewing. So, instead of getting her a comprehensive kit, I would try to focus on one or two high-quality items that would save her time, or make her work easier in some way. Here are a few suggestions. An adjustable-size dress form. Make sure you get an adjustable one, because presumably her ...


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The equipment you listed is exactly what I would have suggested as a genral starter pack. Sewing machine is a no-brainer. The "pizza cutter" is called a "rotary cutter" and is favored by most people. The mat is a requirement to use the rotary cutter. Anything that could be useful to her after that depends on what she makes, but a few ...


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This is akin to the advice, "Don't run with scissors". As rebusB points out, it isn't a necessity for the machine to work. It's because undesirable things could potentially happen, which can be easily avoided. The undesirable things aren't limited to accidental damage when moving the machine. The machine could be bumped or experience mechanical ...


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Many sewing machine issues can be resolved by simply removing the thread and re-threading it. Your machine's manual should have a diagram showing how to insert the thread. Even if you're sure you already know how to thread the machine, find that diagram and follow it step by step. You may find that you've been missing a step, or putting the thread in the ...


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Home sewing machines use the same style of needle. Any store that sells sewing supplies for home crafters (as opposed to manufacturers) should have that type of sewing machine needles, and only that type. If they have multiple brands of sewing machine needle, any brand should work, and the choice is merely one of brand preference. The part that fits into the ...


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The question asks for recommendations of sewing machines that have a certain type of appearance. I can't answer that directly, but maybe I can expand your options. If you were sewing your own sails, tents, or outdoor canopies, or upholstering furniture, the appearance of the sewing machine probably wouldn't be that important to you. It would just be the ...


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I've heard similar things about bicycle derailleurs, and hand-tools like secateurs (pruning shears), both of which have springs inside them. There's an "old wives tale" that the spring will loose its springiness if stored under tension for a long time, so a spring should be stored in a "relaxed" or untensioned state. That means letting ...


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Worked in a sail loft for a Summer. Never heard anything about the machines "needing" to be left that way, as in "it will not work when coming back to it". It is just a natural and easy thing to do to protect the needle and machine. Not sure if it is a tradition, other than being something you pick up when first learning to use the ...


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There are a number of computer controlled sewing machines on the market. Brother is one company, Husqvarna, and a number of other manufacturers produce devices which use software running from a computer, which typically creates a file sent to the machine. The file contains instructions to be executed with respect to movement of the mechanism which shifts the ...


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"Feed-off-the-arm sewing machines – A feed off the arm sewing machine’s design is unusual in that its arm bridges a u-shaped bed. Such machines are ideal for seaming the inseams of pants and jeans as well as the sides, sleeves, and shoulders of shirts." https://www.abcsewingmachine.com/blogs/features/62525253-the-different-types-of-industrial-...


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If you cannot find a maker space as suggested in the comments, find a reliable dealer that has a repair shop. These machines are very heavy and cannot be transported for repairs. Working in the studio producing 8-15 canvas fabric custom hand bags daily depending on complexity, I used a Singer straight stitch flat top commercial machine. Juki has a good ...


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It could also be the threads fault. I've had similar problems very recently. I sewed some seams with new synthetic thread and never had a problem. Then I switched colors and grabbed a random spool from my moms stash and the thread snapped several times. It was a spool of cotton thread that was at least 20 years old and the thread was slightly thicker (I had ...


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I asked Bernina themselves, and this is what I got in reply to my email: Thank you for contacting us regarding quick reverse on your Activa 145. I think your machine sews slower in reverse to aid accuracy. It is not possible to alter the speed of this function. I guess for short reverse stitching (locking) it's not a big deal to go slowly and you want to ...


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The manual (download link with language selection and direct download of the english manual) indicates that there are buttons for: Reverse sewing and Half motor speed I would experiment with those 2 settings. They are explained on page 22 of the manual: Press the "Reverse sewing" button twice quickly to activate the permanent reverse stitching ...


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The machine you have found seems like a good choice out of the machines available new. But it is not a problem to work on a different kind of machine which is less masculine on the outside as you do look at you work when you are working and you can tidy your machine away when you are done. If you can not find a new machine you like, talk with a sewing ...


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