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Bobbin Insertion - Front Load
1. Raise the presser foot.2. Turn the handwheel slowly toward you until the needle has been raised to the highest position.3. Open the hinged bobbin cover4. Hold the bobbin case in one hand and insert the bobbin into the case so that the thread runs in a clockwise direction.5. Pull the thread through the slit and under the finger.6. Hold the bobbin case by the hinged latch on the bobbin case.7. Insert the prepared bo

10th Mar 2023

Overlocking Basics
How to change the thread: Cut each thread and remove the cone. Tie new thread onto each thread in the machine, using a small overhand knot. Clip thread ends 1.3cm from the knot.Release tension, or set tension controls on 0. Cut needle thread in front of the needle. Pull on the tail chain to separate threads.Pull threads one at a time through thread guides, upper looper and lower looper. Pull needle thread until knot

10th Mar 2023

How to select the right thread for your project
High-quality thread might be your most important sewing tool! It should be smooth and strong with uniform thickness. Colour is the most obvious difference between threads, but fiber content is equally important. As a general rule, match the fiber content of the thread with that of fabric. Use the same type of thread in the needle and in the bobbin (unless sewing with decorative thread).Common Threads Thread Type Des

22nd Aug 2022

A seam is a basic element in all garment construction. It is created by stitching two pieces of fabric together, usually 1.5cm from the cut edge. Perfect seams are the most obvious sign of a well- made garment. Puckered, crooked, or uneven seams spoil the fit as well as they look.In addition to holding a garment together, seams can be used as a design element. Seams placed in unusual locations or topstitched with con

25th May 2020

How To Raise Your Feed Dogs
If your machine has a feed dog lever to drop your feed dogs, and not a feed cover plate, use these steps to raise your feed dogs to resume normal sewing.Raise the presser foot and then slide the drop feed lever to the raise position. You then need to turn the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) to raise the feed dogs. Why would you lower the feed dogs? Sewing on buttons Free motion Quilting and AppliqueFiner Fab

22nd Jan 2018

Pressing Pointers
Careful and frequent Pressing is the key to great-looking garments. Pressing is not the same process as ironing. When pressing, lift and firmly place the iron - do not glide over the fabric, as when ironing.Always test the heat setting on scrap fabric first to make sure the iron is the correct temperature for your fabric.Press after completing each step of the construction process.Always use a press cloth to prevent

15th Dec 2017

How to attach trims
Decorative trims give your garments style and provide a way to add your own personal touch. Some trims - like bias tape - are also helpful in construction. There are several application methods, depending on the style of the trim and the way it is used.Hand-stitched trim: Raised trim must be attached by hand. Slipstitch the trim to the fabric with thread that is the same colour as the fabric.Machine-stitched band tri

7th Feb 2017

How to apply interfacing
Sew-in interfacing looks more natural than fusible (iron-on) interfacing, and it's the only choice if your fabric can't withstand high heat. Fusible interfacing has a resin on one side, which bonds to the wrong side of the fabric with the application of heat, moisture and pressure. Always follow the manufacturer's directions. Fusibles do change the hand of the fabric, so test any fusible on a scrap of the fabric you'

7th Feb 2017

How to Make Bias Binding
Bias binding encloses fabric edges for a neat, often decorative finish. Because of the bias direction, the binding wraps around curves without puckering. You can make either a single-fold or double-fold binding.Fold the fabric diagonally so that one selvage is at a right angle to the other selvage. Press along the fold - the direction of the fabric grain at the fold is the bias grain, Cut along the pressed line. Set

15th Dec 2016

Selecting the Right Type of Seam
There are many types of seams you can use to join two pieces of fabric. Your choice depends on the fabric characteristics, the construction requirements, and the finished effect you would like to achieve.Plain seam:This is the type of seam you'll use the most often. With the right sides together, stitch 5/8" (1.6cm) from the edge. Backstitch two or three stitches at the beginning and end of the seam. Press the seam f

21st Oct 2016

Selecting the right Zipper for your project
Zippers make it easy to put on and take off clothes. All Zippers open and close through the action of a self-locking slider and pull tab. There are three types of zippers, distinguished by their teeth: a polyester interlocking coil, molded plastic teeth, and stamped metal teeth. All of these teeth styles are attached to a fabric (usually polyester) tape.Shortening a zipperIf you can't find the right length zipper, bu

13th Sep 2016

Lining is most commonly used in tailored garments, such as jackets, coats, trousers, and skirts. A lining prolongs the life of the garment by enclosing and protecting the inner construction details and the interfacing. A commercial pattern will provide pattern pieces and sewing instructions for the garment should be lined.What is lining Fabric?Lining fabric is tightly woven and lightweight. It has a silky, slippery h

5th Sep 2016