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Thread: How your machine works

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    This was amazing to me.

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lockstitch.gif

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    That is pretty amazing when you think about it, isn't it? I can't imagine the mind that came up with the idea of the first sewing machine. "Brilliant" doesn't begin to describe him.

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    Finally I now really understand how the threads work! Thanks for posting the link!

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    :shock: COOL!

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    Mercy and then I put the pedal to the metal.......

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    Elias Howe actually came up with the idea from a nightmare in which cannibals were after him with spears. Each spear had a hole in the pointy end, to hold thread.

    And people think MY dreams are odd!

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    WOW!!! I am in awe of Elias Howe :shock: ...and equally in awe that we can see a graphic like this on a computer :shock: ...sent through the air....amazing, simply amazing.... 8) 8) 8)

    LMBO Moonpi....pay more attention to YOUR dreams...maybe THEY are trying to tell YOU something :wink: :wink: :wink:

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    Amazing!! Makes me want to go take mine apart and look at it all now - which I ain't going to do though! lol!! Kind of helps me realize why the tension is so important too!
    Thanks so much for posting this!! :D

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    Wow how cool is that. Thanks for posting that. Brilliant was a good word for it. I feel like I need to slow down now. Whew. I shouldn't have looked til after Christmas.

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    That was so cool to watch. Imagine that, from a dream, wow.

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    Amazing...always wondered exactly how that worked.

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    Now I would like to meet the guy who invented the threading of a Serger. Only an engineer would come up with such a hideous way. I brt he never used one.

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    Thanks for posting that! That is way cool! Now we know why we have to keep the lint out of the bobbin area. I didn't know the thread went completely around it like that.

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    His was different from the image that is shown but that gives a good idea of how it works. His was a chain stitch and did not use a bobbin thread.

    And just think they did all of this engineering with out a computer it was all trial and error, paper and pencil!

    Billy

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    Thanks,for posting thats so cool to watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by carrieg
    Thanks for posting that! That is way cool! Now we know why we have to keep the lint out of the bobbin area. I didn't know the thread went completely around it like that.
    Ditto. I always thought that the piece that goes around just sat there, maybe going back and forth a little, but not all the way around...

    I might have to start watching the bobbin casing as I sew... that can't possibly turn out bad for the quilt, right? :shock:

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    Lucy, If you start watching the bobbin while you're quilting, how about letting us know how that works out for ya? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    Elias Howe actually came up with the idea from a nightmare in which cannibals were after him with spears. Each spear had a hole in the pointy end, to hold thread.

    And people think MY dreams are odd!
    no, Moonpi, people don't think your dreams are odd. people think YOU'RE odd :roll: that's why we love you. :lol: :lol:

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    Well, I guess I'm dense, because I still don't see how just one side of the loop (yellow) gets around the thread and I'm getting dizzy watching it!

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    The hook is tapered so that it brings the thread to the side of the other before it releases it.

    Billy

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    Thanks. I'm going to look at it again.

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    I dont think you can see it from the gif image that is posted because it is actually tapering up to you.

    Just take the bobbin out of you machine and using the handwheel turn and watch the hook assembly work.

    Billy

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    I sit and watch my emb machine work... now I can also sit and watch this image... Yep... I am easily entertained LMBO

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    Wow! That is really neat! Thanks for sharing!

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    Wow, that explains alot. Amazing.

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