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Super Girl Sews!

January 21, 2011

It’s been a while since my sewing machine was used in anger, but Super Girl has changed all that. She is having textiles lessons at school, and they are learning how to use a sewing machine, so far she has won the race to thread it, but being Super Girl she wants to know how to actually use it before they get taught at school. So we got the machine out and started experimenting. There appears to be no instruction book any more, and I can’t remember which dial does what – the little icons aren’t as useful as they might be, however that’s a crisis for another day – today’s focus was looking at how to actually use it. Super Girl did a few lines, getting a feel for the machine and then we experimented with following the lines to sew a flower – pretty good for a first attempt, don’t you think?

the Super Flower

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Janella permalink
    January 22, 2011 7:33 am

    Well done SG. A good start. Try the internet for the instruction manual as it looks as if the tension needs adjusting, probably by turning a dial.

    • pictfamily permalink*
      January 22, 2011 11:37 am

      thanks, will definitely try the internet for manual. It is a tension thing, but I seem to have turned every dial in every direction! I think maybe a service would be no bad thing 8o)

  2. creative crafter permalink
    February 1, 2011 4:03 pm

    DON’T touch the tension…unless you already have in which case move it back to the central position then LEAVE IT ALONE! Most sewing machine problems stem from the machine being threaded in the wrong way so double chaeck that. Also sewing machines are sensitive little soles, make sure you use the same thread for the spool(bottom thread) as for the top thread. Sometimes threads can be a bit too ‘springy’ so if you can bear the trip down to Drapes she has some decent Guttermans threads in stock, this is best for good results and all round performance! Finally before you pay for a service just drop a little bit of machine oil (not mandarin or vegetable!!!) onto all the moving parts…leave it to soak in while you run in through the motions manually and hey presto it should be good as new! Mop up any oil spills before you get you best frock fabric on the machine as it may stain! Phew…where am I when I can be of help…sorry?!

  3. creative crafter permalink
    February 1, 2011 4:06 pm

    P.S Brilliant work SG, it looks very advanced well done!

    I’ll send you some machine exercises you can print out and do on paper to practice. Paper is quite safe to sew on the machine, as you clearly found the skill is getting it right slowly not just speeding away and getting it all wrong! Miss you guys X

  4. pictfamily permalink*
    February 2, 2011 9:35 pm

    where to start? have put the dial back like you told me to – would I dare not? Needle threaded correctly – have checked manual (and Super Girl even won a needle threading competition at school); same thread top and bottom, but it’s possibly just cheap IKEA stuff, will buy some better quality and try again. Will give the oil a go too 8o) Think yourself lucky you’re out of range!

  5. creative crafter permalink
    February 5, 2011 10:36 pm

    Now here’s the thing, when people talk about the tension being out they immediately start fiddling with the dial at the front or on top of the machine when in fact more often then not it’s the tension of the spool thats at fault. How does it feel when the spool is threaded up and in its spool case does it run through easily and smoothly? It should have a little bounce/spring but not be resistant at all neither should it run too easily as I said it should have a little springy bounce but run smooth! The spool case may have a tiny little screw on the side which might need tightening or loosening…both are far more likely than the dial you can see on top!!! I hope that helps!

  6. pictfamily permalink*
    February 5, 2011 10:48 pm

    thank you CC that sounds quite possible, as it’s the underneath that I can’t get right – it’s all loopy when the top bit is ok. Bought some better thread and I think that helped. It’s held Rose’s sleeping bag together anyway! Super Girl is very much enjoying playing with the machine 8o)

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