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    Question Help with sewing machine

    My husband bought me a Singer Fashion Mate 70 stitch sewing machine. Model # is 7256. It is digital, and I don't know how to use it with the length and width of stitches. I was wondering if anybody could help me out. I have never made a quilt and I really want to try it. Any advise would be deeply appreciated.

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    Did it come with a manual? If not, you can get a downloadable one free from this link. Once you type in the model number, choose the 2nd option for the free download. You can also purchase a printed one for $15 if you'd rather have that than the pdf version.

    http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals

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    Certainly the dealer will give you lessons. That's part of your purchase price. Take advantage of that.

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    I did get my manual. My husband bought it from Walmart.com I am just learning and he didn't want to spend a lot of money on it. He said if I really like to quilt then I could get a better sewing machine. I read the manual all day and still did not understand how to do it.

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    Look for plus and minus signs and a symbol which looks like a stitch. Not sure of the machine picture of the front would help.
    Well I just did a google search . There are some YouTube reviews and manual help. Have a look they may help you.there are 2 models both are getting good reviews.
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    Just looked at a pic of your machine - is this the display? Name:  snap.jpg
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    After looking at the display shown - it shows the stitch width with a arrow to the left and the stitch length with an arrow up and down. So the stitch width is probably the left/right arrow buttons on the right below the display and the stitch length are the up down buttons on the right below the display. BUT I am just guessing here.
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    When it comes to manuals, I like to have a printed version near my machine. it all depends on how close your machine is to your computer.

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    If your husband bought it from WalMart, then I would take it back. If it's a new machine, it should come with a manual. Personally speaking I would get a refund and go to a dealer, I also wouldn't buy a Singer model later than the 60's. If you buy from a dealer, you'll get lessons for your machine and a lot of time you'll be able to get a higher end machine that was traded in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scuddles View Post
    My husband bought me a Singer Fashion Mate 70 stitch sewing machine. Model # is 7256. It is digital, and I don't know how to use it with the length and width of stitches. I was wondering if anybody could help me out. I have never made a quilt and I really want to try it. Any advise would be deeply appreciated.
    After re-reading your top post - I am not sure that my first response was what you were asking. Were you looking for how to change the length and width or recommendations on stitch length and width in general?

    Hope you enjoy your new machine. It looks like a great little machine to start off with. Although I have a Pfaff for sewing at home, I have a small inexpensive machine similar to this for classes and retreats. For general piecing on either machine I use a straight stitch (looks like number 00 on your machine) with a stitch width of Zero and a stitch length of around 2.5. If I am "paper piecing" I bump the stitch length down to 2.0. The ad that I read said it had "automatic" stitch length and width but I would guess that you can change that manually if need be.

    My recommendation for all new sewers is to play with your machine. Purchase some inexpensive light fabric. Load up the machine with dark thread. Have a pen handy. On a folded piece of fabric, try stitch 00 for about 6 inches and write 00 next to it. Next try stitch 01 (just below stitch 00) and write 01 next to it. Try each stitch out and when you are done you will have a sample piece of all your stitches. You can also take a wide stitch (lets say #44) and do the same exercise with changing the stitch length in small increments to see what happens and then try the stitch width. Take time to learn what the controls do and how the settings affect the look of your stitches.

    Remember, Scuddles, have fun!!
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    If you learned how to operate a computer, you can learn how to operate your computerized sewing machine. Involve your husband if possible with the learning process. Start at the beginning of the manual with the threading and bobbin winding and then proceed with straight stitching until you are comfortable. Then start playing with the various stitch patterns. Won't be long before you will be sewing with confidence. You can do it girl
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    Not sure, but I'd try:
    The first two up arrows are to select the stitch, those numbers being 2 digits.
    On the round area with directional arrows: the side ones are for stitch width? and the up and down ones are for stitch length.

    You really won't hurt the machine by playing around with it as long as you have the wide holed needle plate on the machine, as the single holed plate would break your needles as you change stitches.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    I am 57 years old and for the past 26 years I have been Bipolar, and have been on anti depressants the whole time. My IQ is not at all where it was before I got sick. I didn't want to ask my husband because I didn't want him to feel bad that he bought the wrong one. Yes, Sweet Caroline, I did learn how to use a computer, lets just say I am not a computer whiz.
    Anyway, I would like to thank all of you for your advise, hopefully, I will understand it. I am sorry for posting something that was very dumb. If you want me to leave the group I will.

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    Scuddles, there are NO dumb questions ever. Keep asking your questions and we will help you along. Don't even think about leaving the group, you will find that the people on this board are the most encouraging and helpful folks ever, ever, ever.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Scuddles, there are NO dumb questions ever. Keep asking your questions and we will help you along. Don't even think about leaving the group, you will find that the people on this board are the most encouraging and helpful folks ever, ever, ever.
    I SO agree with Caroline S - there are NO dumb questions and this board is a great place to learn and get advice! Just a heads up - sometimes there is loads of advice - lol!! We all had to learn and all have different skills. Keep the questions coming - we will have up sewing up a storm before you know it.
    Betty

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    to scuddles: You are not dumb to ask queations about sewing machines here. If you are just learning to sew and "quilt" your husband got you a perfectly adequate machine. To make a quilt you only need a machine to sew forward. The fancy stitches are fun but totally not necessary. I learned to sew 55 years ago on a singer that only sewed forward. To backtac
    at the beginning and end of a seam I turned the item around. I sewed a lot of clothing for myself, and for friends. Over the years I have upgraded to more advanced mashines as I fund what I wanted on sale, etc. I now have two
    viking machines with all the bells and whistles including embroidery.
    When I worked for Viking in a JoAnn store location I noticed that many even experienced seamstresses panic at new machines. I strongly advise you to find a beginning quilt class at a good quilt store. That way you will learn the basics of what you need to do to make a quilt. I also suggest starting with something easy like a small lap size.
    Go to Quilts for Kids online and request a kit. They will send you a complete kit to make a simple, small quilt to be given to a child who is hospitalized with a serious illness. All you have to provide is batting and backing fabric, and of course the labor to sew it all together, then postage to return the finished quilt to them.
    Good luck and enjoy your new machine.
    Last edited by peacebypiece; 08-25-2013 at 07:29 AM.

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