Author: Mandi

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Been asked a lot of questions over a Bloggerati and thought this is as good as place as any to answer them all, as most don’t require a lengthy and boring answer, I’ve decided to do them all in one go as I don’t think there would be enough to make several blogs or hints…

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Took delivery of a Juki HZL-DL5 today for a customer that wants to try it out, of course I had to see if it works correctly before she comes to play with it herself! Seriously though, if we get a new machine in, we always sew test it first just in case plus it gives…

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Let’s talk bobbins….unfortunately one size doesn’t fit all, so here’s the most common ones used along with a few odd ones at the end!                    One of the most common used. For front loading machines like Janome, Brother and Toyota.              …

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Always a good idea to have the right needle for the job, nothing worse than starting a project and the material is snagging, machine may make a thudding type noise, change that needle! We always recommend Schmetz needles over any other brand as they go through more than others in the  manufacturing processes. The difference…

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And finally, some lesser known sewing machine feet to complete my short series. Lo shank straight stitch only, teflon foot. Straight and zig zag teflon foot. My four part series has covered the more common feet used,and whilst some are generic, here are certain machines, like the Bernina ranges, that will only work with their…

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Continuing my series demonstrating the sewing machine feet your might own, I am sure you will be familiar with the walking foot, but have you ever used a roller foot? Generic Walking foot with quilting guide. My favourite looking foot! Roller foot for difficult surfaces like rubber and leather. Piping foot for overlocks. Seems I’ve…

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In part two of my four part series I have shown you the more unusual feet and these might be less familiar to a quilter, but more useful to a dressmaker .. like the specialist concealed zipper foot Adjustable screw on zip and piping foot. Adjustable concealed zipper foot. Overlocking foot. More on Part 3

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Have you ever wondered what all those feet that come along with your new sewing machine are used for.   My ‘day job’ when I am not browsing around this website, is a sewing machine engineer, and there are not many female engineers around either.      I have put together a four part guide to…

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So you’ve decided to get a new/used machine that you want to last the test of time, hopefully I can provide you with some tips on what to look out for and avoid any bad buys! Firstly, avoid the plastic chassis and plastic framed machines usually “pile em high, sell em cheap” ones often found…

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Hi! Here I am, a new blogger, I’m a time served female sewing machine engineer for the last 12 years and still learning, I hope to help anyone with any machine problems they may encounter no matter how trivial they seem. Obviously without seeing the machine in the flesh, it will only be a guide…