Friday, April 27, 2012

How A Sewing Machine Works!

Have you ever wondered how your sewing machine works?  This was a really interesting video showing how the thread is picked up from the bobbin and it makes a stitch.  It might help you understand your sewing machine a little bit better.

I have been working outside and as soon as I get things under control, I will start sewing again!!  Soon, I hope, I am missing it!!

http://science.discovery.com/videos/deconstructed-sewing-machine.html

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why Should You Get Your Sewing Machine Cleaned?

I have been taking lessons for quite some time now on sewing machine repair.  I have decided to open a small repair shop in my home for cleanings and repairs.  My first jobs have been on my own machines and those of family and friends.  My what I have learned!!!  If anyone in my area needs sewing machine  repair work done, please contact me.  It will be treated like my very own machine!!

I have also been very particular on my machines, who works on them, and who uses them.  They are just like my babies and only get the very best of care.  Now, I know they will since they will be serviced by me.  I am very particular and know just how I want my sewing machines to run.  There was a lot to learn about cleaning, oiling, lubing, and tensions.  I have also learned how to set timings and do many repairs.  Most sewing machines are made so well, that repairs are usually minor unless it is a computer part.  I wanted to show you some pictures of my Janome 10,000.  It has never been serviced like I serviced it. I just love anything mechanical and have always liked getting my hands dirty!!

The first picture shows some fuss way down inside the machine after I removed the embroidery part of the machine.  The second picture just shows dirt and grime that has collected.  It sure looks like a lot of dirt to me.  I bet my service man never cleaned in here.  Men don't clean like women do!!!!



Here is the dirt that I found in it.  It had three straight pins in it, I swear I can't believe they were mine!!  I am just so careful, but they were in there.  I removed the embroidery section of the machine and really got down into the mechanics of the machine.  It sure runs quiet and smooth now!!  She is purring like a kitten!!

Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Digitized Model A Embroidery Design!

 My little nephew, Carson  and his daddy love Model A's.  Every year I make him a new t-shirt to wear with a Model A embroidered design on it.  This year they bought a new Model A, so I thought I would surprise them with a new design.  I digitized this myself, so I am sure he will be very excited.  Now he will have a t-shirt to match which ever car he is riding in.  He is only 4 but he loves those cars.  I was sick this weekend with a bad cold, so I worked on the design and sewed it out for the first time yesterday.  It looks pretty good, the only change I will make is I am going to use a darker outline stitch.  I don't usually let anyone know that I can do digitizing because everyone will want a picture done.  This takes many hours and much practice to get this accomplished.  I have probably worked about 8 hours on this design to get it to look this good. 

 I will show you the picture that I used to create the design and then the design sewed out.  It really is cuter than the picture!   Let me know what you think!