What a lockstitch machine is used for
A lockstitch sewing machine is designed for use in top-stitching, seaming, cover stitching and general use with knits and woven materials that stretch. Just like the name implies a “lock” stitch keeps the stitching consistent and secure when the fabric is less rigid and more prone to breakage by stretching.
Avoid sewing over pins in your fabric (injury risk)
Sure, sewing over pins in your fabric is faster and more secure than removing them first, but, it’s dangerous. Sewing over pins in your fabric is not recommended because your sewing machine needle could jam against them causing damage and, possibly, injury. Stay safe by removing pins before they pass under the needle.
A sewing machine is an appliance (here’s why)
A sewing machine is an appliance, it meets the technical definition applied to all home appliances. An appliance is best defined as an instrument designed to perform a specific function. For home appliances a device simply needs to perform a useful function which a home sewing machine does well.
Sewing machine “walking foot” description and use
A ‘walking foot’ is a small brace on your sewing machine that sits on your fabric and guides it past the needle while sewing. The walking foot rests on the top layer of your fabric and ensures that fabric moves ahead at relatively the same speed as the feed dogs below the fabric.
What a computerized sewing machine can do
The benefits of upgrading to a computerized sewing machine from a traditional machine are the numerous built-in automations it has. Built-in stitching patterns, precise repetitions, controlled speeds and a wealth of patterns available from the internet are a few of the things a computerized sewing machine can do.
The most reliable brand of sewing machine is…
When used as directed by the manufacturer most new sewing machines are reliable. Current research of Amazon reviews suggests the most reliable machines are the Juki MO654DE portable thread serger, the Brother 1034D serger, the Brother 2340CV coverstitch serger, the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 computerized portable and the Singer Stylist 7258 100-Stitch computerized sewing machine.
Cool facts about the first sewing machine
Barthélemy Thimonnier patented the first mechanical sewing machine in France circa 1830. His crude machine used a barbed hook to create a chain stitch. Still, Mr. Thimonnier’s machine was faster at producing garments and it caught the attention of the french army earning Mr. Thimonnier a lucrative contract making French military uniforms.
Cause of fabric movement in a sewing machine
The needle plate, a metal plate located under the needle, moves fabric forward during sewing. The needle plate works best with an optional presser foot engaged above the fabric while sewing because the needle plate and presser foot then work in tandem at the same speed.
A presser foot holds the fabric while sewing
The presser foot is what holds your fabric while using you sew with your home sewing machine. It’s important that you remember to lower the presser foot each time you start to sew of you’ll find that the fabric doesn’t move through your machine as easily as it should. When I first started sewing I forgot it ALL THE TIME!
Flatbed sewing machine description (what it is)
A “Flatbed” sewing machine, often simply called a traditional machine, is the most common type of sewing machine with a traditional flat base, typically used to sew flat pieces of fabric together. The needle arm extends over a flat base that contains the bobbin and feed dogs. Very common (and popular).