Archive for Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

March 12, 2003

"I wish now I'd kept my old sewing machine, it just never did this." She was talking about having a problem with the thread jamming down into the throat plate hole. True, older machines didn't do that. Most new machines now do zigzag, which requires a larger hole in the throat plate. As a result, soft fabrics and knits seem to easily pull down into the mechanism and jam. To avoid this, hold both upper and lower threads to the side of the presser foot for the first few stitches while you begin sewing the seam.

If and when your fabric does start pulling down, stop quickly, because once it starts, it just keeps on and the more thread you jam in, the harder it is to get out.

I keep a single-edge razor blade handy (use it for ripping seams and removing buttons) to cut across the jam with the blade on the top side. Then remove the throat plate so you can get to the under side. A small crochet hook and a pair of tweezers help to loosen the jammed threads from the underside.

In sewing, you can also avoid this problem by not starting your seam at the very edge, but by moving into the seam line by 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch before putting the needle down.

Mitch Finley says, "The Ten Commandments do not belong on a bronze plaque in the city square. They belong in our hearts lived daily in the most ordinary situations, in our homes and in our workplaces. The Ten Commandments are for the real world."

Keep your machine oiled and clean. Keep smiling. Bye and God bless, Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie, 66086-0265.

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