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Thread: How to use an underbraider on a vintage sewing machine - video by Muv

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    How to use an underbraider on a vintage sewing machine - video by Muv

    I'm so excited - Muv sent me a link to her newest video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zIG9...c7FAAAAAAAAAAA - grab a cup of tea and enjoy!!!

    I'm thinking there may be other types of underbraiders
    if you have an underbraider please post a pic
    Maybe you have it figured out and can put it on the machine
    If you haven't figured it out maybe someone else can tell how to attach it
    I don't think it matters if it is vintage or not...
    It would be good to see the toys!!!
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    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    great video...I am going to have to go and dig through the boxes of bits and see if I have one of those!

    Joann

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    I really appreciate the good quality videos they do.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Thanks for the link, I have always wondered how those work and now it is so simple! Hope they do more on attachments.

    Thanks again

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    Yes! I hope Muv does a WHOLE lot more videos on attachments!!!

    My mother's FW sewing machine has a straight foot and one of the really old buttonholer attachments which she never figured out so I never did either... I had not seen the buttonholer's manual in her stuff so I printed one out for her for Christmas. I have to admit, I've never learned to use attachments for much. It is amazing what can be done without attachments though. Attachments just make it easier and the more I learn to use them the more I like them. When my mom worked for J C Penny in the alterations department she did ALL the fittings for the Indy 500 princesses - someone else did the sewing. At home, she could alter things, make things, upholster things you name it she sewed it with her little FW - incredible things got sewn on there. I guess it goes to prove you don't need a fancy machine to do amazing things. She doesn't sew much any more. She is 85 and her hands don't do what she tells them any more. She tries some times and gets frustrated. For Christmas my sister and I overhauled the FW for her. She has a newer Singer but it is too frustrating for her. I also printed out a new copy of the FW owner's manual - she only had bits of the original. And it printed in large print so she loved it.
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    Thank you so much for sharing this video...a couple of years ago I had one - gave to away to a lady that asked for it. Then I decided I just had to have one... paid 25.00 for another on ebay...could not figure out how to use it.. looks like it will make fun trim for an apron.. I wonder if mini rick rack would feed through?

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    [QUOTE=judy363905;4834268] I wonder if mini rick rack would feed through?
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    hi Judy, April 1930 has a picture on her site(google her Name)of using this and one looks like a mini rick rack..send her an email as 'rick rack' is one of her favs to use..Liz
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    Sweet! I just looked through the various boxes and found one in my puzzle box...I think all along I was assuming it was something to hold the bits in the puzzle box because they are all in a jumble. I definitely hope she does more videos on using the attachments, I have a couple here that I have no idea what they do....I have used a ruffler with great success, tried to figure out some of the others but no joy...the manual makes it seem simpler than it is, having a video to watch is soooo much better!

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    Great video - and great idea to use it to trim hems on children's chlothes.

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    Hello Everyone!

    So glad you enjoyed the video. It was the same rigmarole as when I did the seam guide video - using a hand machine while standing up behind the camera tripod and with each arm coming round from either side of the camera.

    I'm not sure which attachment to do a video about next. I did the underbraider because no one else seemed to have posted a video showing underbraiding on Youtube yet.

    Judy, I have some very narrow rickrack and it feeds through a treat, and also I have some that is a tiny bit wider and it is too wide. So if it fits, try it! The advantage with rickrack is that it has a bias weave, so you can go round curves, whereas with straight weave ribbon you need to keep going in a straight line.

    Today we branched out and did a video on how to make marmalade. I don't know if you can get Seville oranges in the States - I understand you call them temple oranges. We can only get them here for a month or so - they are imported from southern Spain, are as bitter as lemons, and have a very short season. Let me know if you would be interested in more videos about making jam and marmalade... I'd love it if I knew I could inspire you to try new things in the kitchen. English cooking isn't that bad, despite what the French say!

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    MUV, again another stupendous and very helpful video. Thank you!

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    Please do more on the attachments - I don't care how many other videos someone has done about attachments your's are tops - you don't have the camera moving around giving me a blinding head ache - you speak clearly so I under stand what you are saying.... Keep them coming!!! Oh and now I'll have to have tea and some orange marmalade when I watch your videos!
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    Muv, miriam told me about your video on the underbraider and now I want one too!! They look so neat and would be great to decorate doll clothes for my grand daughters. I watched it and also your one on cleaning a machine. I still need to watch the second one for the oiling of a machine, but it takes me a looooong time to download them as I'm on dial-up yet. Someday soon we will get faster service. Thanks for the videos, they are great!

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    Good morning!

    Farve has just sat down to read all your posts and was delighted to see how much you have enjoyed the underbraider video. He does all the camera work and edits the videos. We have had a few problems with the camera going in and out of focus, but I think we are gradually improving!

    If you want to see pictures of underbraiders, look at this site http://www.helenhowes-sewingmachines.co.uk - they are listed in one of the sections showing feet.

    I found the April 1930s site some time ago. She shows excellent photos but charges outrageous prices for attachments. Helen Howes is far more realistic. April 1930 sells the quilting foot and underbraider together for $59.95, reduced from $95. Ooh gosh what a bargain. Helen Howes has the underbraider at 4.50 and the quilting foot at 5. I keep telling you you are all on the wrong side of the Atlantic.

    Farve sends his regards!

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    Great video!!

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    Muv....what a treat to see both your underbraider (I'm going to dig around and see if I can find one in my boxes) and the marmalade (I am now totaly enthused to give this a try)videos....nicely done!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steady Stiching View Post
    Muv....what a treat to see both your underbraider (I'm going to dig around and see if I can find one in my boxes) and the marmalade (I am now totaly enthused to give this a try)videos....nicely done!!
    Hello Steady Stiching - I don't know where you are, I assume you are in the States. I have been looking up information about temple oranges, and it seems they are not the same as Seville oranges, so the proportions of fruit and sugar will not be same. I am going to put up a topic on the recipes thread about marmalade later on today.

    And as for sewing machine attachments, I have decided which one to do next! Watch this space...

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    What is the width of the ribbon you are using in the video? It will give me some kind of idea on whether I can get this and use it in California based on what I have seen is available out here.
    VickyS

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    VickyS - the ribbon is an eighth of an inch.

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    I have the underbraider, but have never been lucky enough to get the quilting foot, I've been putting off buying it, guess I need to go hunt one up!!

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    This is what I thought too!
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Please do more on the attachments - I don't care how many other videos someone has done about attachments your's are tops - you don't have the camera moving around giving me a blinding head ache - you speak clearly so I under stand what you are saying.... Keep them coming!!! Oh and now I'll have to have tea and some orange marmalade when I watch your videos!
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    Muv, I wonder if Helen Howes sells and ships things to the US. I would like an underbraider, but can't afford the prices that April 1930's has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Muv, I wonder if Helen Howes sells and ships things to the US. I would like an underbraider, but can't afford the prices that April 1930's has.
    Janis - Helen gives all the details on her site. She takes payment from abroad by Paypal. Send her an email... sometimes she takes a while to reply, she's a busy lady!

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    Thank you Muv, I will e-mail her and see what she has to say. I wonder what the shipping cost for the items is? Is it expensive to mail things to the states?

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    Janis - Postage from here to the States is cheaper than the other way round - I know that from doing the doll quilt swaps. An underbraider and a quilting foot weigh next to nothing, so don't worry about the cost of postage.

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