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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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That's a tension dial, for adjusting how taut the upper thread is held while sewing; the adjustments run from 1 (least tension) to 5 (greatest tension), and allow you to adjust the pull of the upper thread against the thread coming from the bobbin. You've already observed this, by noting the loops migrating to the top (too high) or bottom (too low). ...


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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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That sounds like tension adjustment. The dial is in the same place as on my Bernina and the effect seems right. Here are some instructions for setting the tension on your model; there's no picture but it describes the location as being on top.


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I'll add some minor detail to Allison's answer. Unplug the sewing machine! in case you step on the pedal while your hands are inside. Almost all the parts that need to be oiled will have a little oil hole on top, or a piece of oily felt. Additionally some of the sliding parts can be lubricated by putting a small amount (half drop) of oil on a cotton bud, and ...


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Most of the time you don't need a cleaning manual dedicated to the specific machine. What you need is a basic understanding what cleaning and oiling is intended to achieve and what the mechanical parts of the machine have to do with it. Sewing machines, especially the older models without electronics, are masterpieces of mechanics. The rotation of one single ...


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While I don't have this particular machine - Most of these universal motors use electronic speed controls that use a device called either a TRIAC or SCR, that regulate the motor speed by chopping the mains frequency (i.e. turning on and off rapidly 100 or 120 times per second). The usual failure mode is a short circuit, which will produce the symptoms of &...


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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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The reason you can't find any part numbers or additional information is because that part of the machine is not considered a "user serviceable" area. As you appear to be inexperienced with sewing machines in general, I would strongly recommend that you not attempt to repair this part yourself. There are many sewing machine repair shops available ...


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I gave my friend a dimmer box, originally used for a light. It slows the sewing machine down however much she wants.


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