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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Try the quilting foot. Unfortunately sharps are not good for knits. For fleece, I don't think you'll see a problem, but maybe....sharps can leave holes in many knits and actually cause some of the material to make runs and ruin the fabric. I've done that myself:< The pressure may need to be tweaked. I would try using a larger needle and increase the pressure and see how that goes? You may just have to sew fleece on a machine that you can get the proper needle for.
    Fleece is also a knit fabric and needs a ball point needle so that you don't have permanent holes in your garment or whatever you're sewing it into. I used a 90/14 ball point needle; you need to be careful that the needle isn't hitting your hook/bobbin case when you're sewing, especially if you're using a straight stitch machine.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962 View Post
    Joe,

    Yes, the Q foot is a clear plastic kenmore foot that came with q needles. I see them in sets on shop goodwill sometimes. That foot was the life saver for t shirt type fabrics. Also, you can try cheating the needle down just a smidge, if you don't have the q foot. Not sure of the logic, just that it sometimes worked back in the day.
    OK then, that probably won't help with this machine. This Kenmore is a mid 50s machine that uses the top clamp feet and an extinct needle. I've had to substitute a serger needle DCx1F for the OEM ones.

    What gets me is that every other machine we have, Singers, Kenmores, Dressmasters, modern and old, etc will sew fleece just fine with sharp needles and regular presser feet.

    Yes this one is being obnoxious.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Fleece is also a knit fabric and needs a ball point needle so that you don't have permanent holes in your garment or whatever you're sewing it into. I used a 90/14 ball point needle; you need to be careful that the needle isn't hitting your hook/bobbin case when you're sewing, especially if you're using a straight stitch machine.
    Sharon W.
    I'm not so much concerned with the quality of stitching, or holes or runs, but that this goofy machine will not sew the fleece.
    By will not sew I'm saying that when the needle goes down it takes the thread with it, and when it comes back up it the thread does not make a bow or what ever you call it for the hook to catch. It will do this with all other fabrics though, just not fleece.

    I check the manual this morning and I did have the bobbin in backwards. Once in correctly it made no difference.
    So I'll try a different thread next.

    My wife said that since fleece wasn't invented till after this machine was made that it just might not sew it period. Not sure I agree with her, but I won't argue.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I'm not so much concerned with the quality of stitching, or holes or runs, but that this goofy machine will not sew the fleece.
    By will not sew I'm saying that when the needle goes down it takes the thread with it, and when it comes back up it the thread does not make a bow or what ever you call it for the hook to catch. It will do this with all other fabrics though, just not fleece.

    I check the manual this morning and I did have the bobbin in backwards. Once in correctly it made no difference.
    So I'll try a different thread next.

    My wife said that since fleece wasn't invented till after this machine was made that it just might not sew it period. Not sure I agree with her, but I won't argue.

    Joe
    different presser foot?
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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Miriam, I'm not much for the White sewing machines, but I'd be on that one like white on rice....just for the cabinet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Miriam, I'm not much for the White sewing machines, but I'd be on that one like white on rice....just for the cabinet!
    too far for me - well actually it is the time... price is right.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    GOIN' CAMPIN'!!!

    We leave tomorrow after work to head out for a couple of days of camping! Tuesday, we have our "Annual Dinner Party at the Lake"...so far we have 16 guests coming for dinner, which will be:
    stuffed porkchop with an orange glaze
    sweet potatoes
    bacon wrapped asparagus
    salad, bread rolls
    triple berry cobbler with homemade ice cream.

    All cooked in cast iron dutch ovens at the camp site. We always have a good time at these parties, and everyone is usually surprised to see what can be done with the cast iron and charcoal!

    And yes! I'm taking my handcrank Singer 28K!!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    GOIN' CAMPIN'!!!

    We leave tomorrow after work to head out for a couple of days of camping! Tuesday, we have our "Annual Dinner Party at the Lake"...so far we have 16 guests coming for dinner, which will be:
    stuffed porkchop with an orange glaze
    sweet potatoes
    bacon wrapped asparagus
    salad, bread rolls
    triple berry cobbler with homemade ice cream.

    All cooked in cast iron dutch ovens at the camp site. We always have a good time at these parties, and everyone is usually surprised to see what can be done with the cast iron and charcoal!

    And yes! I'm taking my handcrank Singer 28K!!
    Charlee have fun on your trip Pat and I sure did. Miriam and Phil are the best. Charlee I think you and William should come down and visit with us. You did not mention anything about my nice little singer 12. If you come I think we can get Miriam and Phil to come to.

    Skip
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Skip.....I'd LOVE to come visit!

    That Singer 12 with the MOP was supposed to be mine...when can I expect you to send it?

    Did you get my email about Anamarie's cabinet?
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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