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Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
hand stitch recommendation needed on 06/25/2012 12:43:12 MDT Print View

My sewing machine died. Just bunches up in the bobbin
I think I wore it out with heavy duty thread.

Am in the middle of my bug bivy. The bottom is done.
I have to attach the netting.

Looks like I have to go to the needle. Any stitch recommendation?
The only one I know is the button hole.


Joel Hulett
(jhalan) - F

Locale: Midwest
Just whip it! on 06/25/2012 14:39:08 MDT Print View

Way before I learned on a sewing machine my grandma showed me how to do a whip stitch and locking whip stitch. Googling it for video or diagram would probably be help full. You could always use the over and under method as well.
^ |
| then V ____________fabric/ make sure you lock or knot the first stich. If you can whip stitch it, it would go aloot quicker. Or borrow someone elses sewing machine. I can send you one for the cost of package and shipping if you want. I'm am a bit of a collector and my wife would love to see one leave instead of come home.

Joel Hulett
(jhalan) - F

Locale: Midwest
sewing machine on 06/25/2012 14:52:19 MDT Print View

FYI I'm in indiana so it could possibly get there in just a couple of days with cheap shipping. Shoot me a pm if interested. We can work out the details

Edited by jhalan on 06/25/2012 15:33:45 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: hand stitch recommendation needed on 06/25/2012 16:22:23 MDT Print View

Hi Tim

I doubt your machine has worn out. Seriously.

Step 1: strip it down, top and bottom, and clean it out, then oil it. Check for really free running with no needle or thread.
Step 2: go over all the tension adjustments and get them right. You may need a manual. Check the web for this.

Ah - is it an older mechanical one or a modern one with plastic gears, stepper motors and electronics? The modern ones can lose a sync sensor - which sometimes can be fixed.


Nancy Twilley

Locale: STL
baste stitch on 06/25/2012 20:02:25 MDT Print View

I don't see why a simple baste stitch shouldn't work. When I hand-stitch gear I usually just set up a french seam and then baste two lines of stitching. Will take you a minute but it will be just as strong as if you'd done it on the machine. Just sew in a straight line!

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: hand stitch on 06/26/2012 16:08:20 MDT Print View

Joel -- thank you for the offer, but this was to be my last myog. I will drop into manual mode to wrap this up.

Roger -- this is a plastic pos singer kid machine. There is only one tension adjustment. Nothing else. I did clean and oil it. I am using the same thread and needle size and material (silnylon) from my last project, but I cannot get it to sew anymore. It just bunches up and then freezes. Even on a good day it, it did not do a good job. Oh well. I would use it for a boat anchor, but I don't own a boat.

Nancy -- I will review the baste stitch. Thank you too.