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  • Tip! Closeups of Blog Project and Tip Photos!

    October 28, 2015

    We know it's not always easy to see detail as well as you might like in the Tip and Project pictures...

    Did you know - if you just click on the photos you'll get a nice big closeup that's easy to see?

    Yep! Give it a try below! Click it - and see what happens!

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  • Teacher Feature: Linda Snuggs

    October 15, 2015

     

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    Linda started sewing when she was about seven years old, making clothes for - her cat! (The cat wasn't having any part of playing dress up, even in custom made clothing!) Not deterred by an unappreciative recipient, she kept playing with different fabrics really not making much of anything. Like many who have been sewing a long time, she made all her clothes in high school, and sewed for her children when they were little.

    When Linda retired 11 years ago she decided she wanted to make fun things - we all have a different idea of what fun things are - she decided to try quilting and machine embroidery. Her description - "The first quilt I put together was a disaster --"  (we all have them!) --

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    "We bought a new 5th wheel to do some traveling and I tried to make a quilt for the bed using some of the fabric from the comforter that was on the bed.  I purchased so many fabrics to add to it, it looked awful! I used polyester batting and it was so thick I couldn't even get it through my old singer machine. So I quilted it by hand, another disaster, but I used it anyway and never gave up."

    It's SEW important not to give up after a disaster, but to learn from it. Thank you for that Linda! Here are some quilts she's created since -- they show off her love for machine embroidery -

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    Linda started teaching classes and doing Diamond Club for Moore's three years ago, and now leads the club at our Corona and Temecula locations. Though she's had to cut back on teaching she's continued with Diamond club and says "I'm having so much fun and have met many nice people,  I have also made lasting friendships." That's a common sentiment among our instructors - did you know they're having as much fun in class/club as you are?! (Find out more about Diamond Club - click the photo or link below! )

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    The fun and inspiration begin long before class, a lot of thought, time, and creativity are put into the project you see as final at club. Linda's patience, perseverence creativity and dedication inspire us all with these embroidery projects -

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    Along with the quilts, holiday items, home dec, and wearables, Linda's shown us how beautiful  it can be to be a bag lady!

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    We're showing you a lot of Linda's projects, but when asked what she's most proud of she has a few --"The most meaningful to me are the ones that my daughter has chosen to display in her home.  Another meaningful piece was the one I made for the Gold Star Dads of America.  With permission from Steve Wilson (Owner & Master Digitizer of Anita Goodesign)  I embroidered the Pledge of Allegiance and donated it to Gold Star Dads of America through Moore's. Gold Star Dads of America auctioned it off and made $350!

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    Here is the Anita Goodesign Pledge of Allegiance design collection she used -

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    We have so many customers who do charitable sewing, and many stores have designated times for these worthy efforts -- get involved!  Check the store calendars or call any location to see how you can be a part of it all!  Click here for phone numbers and locations!

    Even if you're not able to get to one of Linda's clubs, she's generously shared her wisdom and experience with these important tips:

    HELPFUL HINTS:

    1.  If you are new to machine embroidery I suggest you start with small projects that will not overwhelm you, remember you need to take baby steps before you run.  Get involved, take some classes, go to educational events, join support groups.  Most importantly -- never give up!

    2.  If you are past the beginner stage and ready to try something more challenging - DO IT! Remember you have support all around you through Moore's staff, they are always willing to help!

    3.  Stay educated on the newest products and up to date on fast and easy tips regarding your hobby.

    4.  Think outside the box, if you have a quilting design and don't want to use it as a quilt,  think "how can I use it, maybe turn it into a tote bag." Let your creative self take you anywhere you want!

    5.  Diamond Club meetings at Moore's are free to everyone! Not only will you see the newest designs, you will also get some educating tips and hints.  Lots of question and answer time. (Linda even sticks around to help one on one!).  Check out the Project Club and Anita Goodesign Workshops for hands on learning. Be ready to have fun and make friends! Call a store for dates/times - Moore's phone numbers here! - or check our online calendars Here - click the "Classes" tab to choose a store!

    6.  One last important point -- free refreshments served at Diamond Club!

    We'd like to thank Linda for her time spent in and out of the store for clubs and classes, and for sharing pictures and doing this interview.

    And - whether you're just thinking about trying machine embroidery or are well experienced, there's something new for you at our upcoming 2015 Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party! - the theme is The Perfect Sewing Room!  October 24-25 in Ontario, or November 21-22 in Long Beach!  Hurry, before they fill up!  Click HERE to learn more and register!

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  • Project: Hot Dog/Burrito/Sausage Pillowcase

    September 29, 2015

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    Are you hungry yet?!  
    There's no food involved in this project, but it's so quick and easy you'll be done and ready for lunch/dinner/grilling pretty fast!

    You may have heard of these pillowcases - we want to give you a tutorial to show you how easy they are.  They are perfect for gifts or your own home, for someone young (a great kids' project!) or new to sewing, or someone well experienced.  They're not only quick and easy, but the French seam finish gives them a beautiful look inside and out!

    We're noting some variations throughout to help you get a lot of sewing mileage out of a single project.  It may also help you use up some smaller lengths of fabric you may have leftover from other projects (we know you have some of that!).

    Supplies:  (Items with * can be purchased direct from  Moore's online blog store, just click the link below product photos throughout this post!)

    Fabric (available in Moore's stores):

    Contrast "band" or "cuff" - 1/4 yd. 45" wide fabric, woven Pillowcase body  - 3/4 yd. 45" wide fabric, woven                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Contrast flange (optional) - 1/8 yd. 45" wide fabric, woven

    Variation:  Solid color pillowcase with flange - 1-1/8 yd. 45" wide fabric, woven

    Cutting Mat*

    Ruler/Grid*

    Rotary Cutter*

    Mary Ellen Best Press* or

    Terial Magic* or

    Stabilizer*

    Regular sewing thread (available in Moore's stores)

    Sewing Machine (available in Moore's stores. Serger optional)

    Instructions:

    1.            Cut the following:              

    Contrast "band" or "cuff":  1/4 yd. (if your fabric was cut longer just trim to 1/4 yd. If it was a bit short, that's ok, just trim so it's a rectangle the width of fabric!);       

    Pillowcase body:  3/4 yd. 45" fabric, woven (trim up to make sure cut edges are parallel;                                                                                                                                                

    Flange (optional):  1"- 2" strip depending on desired flange size.  If you would like to embellish with wide decorative stitches, use wider vs. narrower.  We recommend doing some testing of your stitches first to see how wide you'd like the stitches and flange;

     

    A rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler are invaluable in cutting nice straight pieces.  You'll find many uses for these tools!

    We used a large (24"x36") mat and large (6-1/2"x24-1/2") ruler with 45mm rotary cutter.

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    2.  We added decorative stitches to the flange.  Press in half lengthwise, and if you are going to do some decorative stitching, stabilize as well.  We used a strip of lightweight cutaway and spray adhesive.  We also like a good press with Best Press (many scents as well as odorless available), a light fusible cutaway like Quilters Select Cutaway, or a liquid fabric stiffener like Terial Magic. (Click on any of these products below to purchase them now!).

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    3.  Test your deco stitches on some scrap fabric you've stabilized to get just the stitch/setting you like. With flange open, right side up, stitch your decorative stitch down one side.  We used the left toe of the foot along fold of fabric as our guide for straight stitching. We opened the flange fabric to stitch so the underside of flange doesn't show the bottom side of stitching!

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     4.  Lay completed stitched flange, folded, stitched side up, on top of right side of pillow body fabric matching raw edges, full width of fabric. (NOTE: We know the length may vary based on different fabric widths - don't worry, we'll take care of this later!).

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    Now layer the cuff/band fabric on top of this, matching raw edges along long edge, but with cuff/band fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN.  (NOTE: We still know the lengths may vary, we'll get them evened up!).

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    Pin baste these layers together.

    5.  Fold up the cuff/band fabric, and begin rolling up the body fabric - all the way until it's around the flange area - we flipped the cuff/band over to show right side and see rolled up fabric as far as it should go.

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    Now wrap the cuff/band fabric over and around the roll - the "hot dog" - so the long raw edges of the cuff/band fabric meet up and are holding your "hot dog" inside.  The right sides of cuff/band fabric should be together. 

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    6.  Re-pin, pinning all layers, with pins parallel to the long edge, points to left. This will make them easier to grab and remove as you sew up to them. 

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    We used these quilting pins -

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    7.  We used a 1/4" foot with right guide to sew the seam. You can also use a 1/4" foot without guide or a regular presser foot, but we use this foot for a lot more than simple 1/4" seaming (more in a post to come!). If you don't have a 1/4" foot stop on in to a Moore's store to see what's available for your machine!

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    8.  Press as stitched.

    9.  Pull your "hot dog" body fabric through the opening, either end.  Press the sewn seam both sides.  Isn't that a nice clean finished look?

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    10.  Now even up the side where the three fabrics were uneven due to differing fabric width - you'll have a nice straight edge like the other side!

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    11.  French seam method - Fold pillowcase in half crosswise - WRONG SIDES TOGETHER -  matching seam lines where your cuff/band joins your body fabric.  Pin in place. 

    We still use the 1/4" foot with right guide - but we have moved our needle three clicks to the right. TEST THIS ON YOUR MACHINE FIRST!  Before we did this we tested moving the needle, turning the hand wheel manually to walk through a few steps to make sure we had clearance. There actually is a little "wiggle room" to move the needle even in the single hole foot, but you MUST TEST FIRST on your own equipment!  We did this to get a seam a little less than 1/4".

    12.  Stitch down long side and along bottom to close pillowcase.  Press sewn seam.

    13.  Turn "inside out" - the wrong side of fabric is actually outside now (this is right - we're making a French seam!).  We like using this Point Turner & Presser to get nice sharp corners --

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    14.  Now move your needle back to center then one click left and use the right guide along the edge of your fabric to sew the long seam and bottom seam.  Press sewn seam. 

    15.  Turn right side out - press seams well - and your pillowcase is done!  Don't those finished seams look great inside?!

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    Here are some variations we promised - we'd love it if you'd tell us about your own variations and post pictures on our Facebook page to inspire others!

    VARIATION:   Instead of French seams, steps 11 - 13, fold pillowcase in half crosswise, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.  Use your sewing machine or serger to sew together.  A serger will still give a nice finished look inside - if you don't have one - you should! It's the best partner your sewing machine can have - it complements your sewing as a microwave complements your oven!  Take a look around, and come on in to let us show you what you can do!

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    Look at sergers - HERE!

    VARIATION:  Use same fabric for cuff/band and body for a simple, monotone look.

    VARIATION:  Embroider the cuff/band - personalize with initials, a name, or an endless embroidery design (super easy to do continuous embroidery with models that have "Innov Eye" technology from Brother or Baby Lock, Precise Positioning from Pfaff, or an easy Clothsetter from Janome!  Embroider first with cuff/band fabric open so you don't see the wrong side when finished!

    VARIATION:  Create a delicate look - use a wing needle and heirloom stitch to create a vintage look, stitching along the seamline between cuff/band and body. Weave a delicate 1/8" ribbon through. Embroider a very light or tone on tone design in the middle of pillow body. Do some wingstitching on the cuff/band. 

    VARIATION:  Use lace trim, ruffled eyelet, rick rack, or other trimmings instead of flange.

    VARIATION:  Halloween will be here before you know it! Use holiday themed fabric for a super size trick or treat bag. When the trick or treaters get home they can empty out their treats, slip in their pillow, and be ready for sweet dreams!

     

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  • Tip! A Fix For Serger or Decorative Stitches When You Run Out of or Break Thread!

    September 29, 2015

    Don't you hate it when you run out of thread or have a break in the middle of serging, or stitching with a decorative stitch?  It's not like you can easily get back to the right part of the stitch as easily as pushing some buttons to go back in embroidery mode!  (If you've been hesitant about getting into embroidery, things like this are REALLY easy to take care of so wait no longer!)

    Here's a fix that will help you continue what you were doing without your work looking too interrupted.  The picture shows the Wave stitch found on Baby Lock sergers  -- click HERE to check out models with this cool stitch!   The seam ripper point is showing where we ran out of thread.  When this happened we carefully removed the project from the machine, lifting presser foot and pulling gently to the back.  Rethreading the looper was easy with Baby Lock's air threading, (you won't worry about tying on or threading in order anymore with one of these!).

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    Next we took some scrap fabric and started stitching until we got through the Wave pattern a couple threads ahead of where we ran out.   We removed that fabric, leaving a few inches or so of thread tails, then re-inserted our project a couple threads back from break, making sure needle stitching line was in alignment with previous stitching.  We began stitching slowly to make sure we were all lined up - voila!  We continued the stitch with our "glitch" virtually unnoticed!  We used a hand needle with large eye (for the decorative thread  - we used Mettler cotton quilting thread, available in Moore's stores) to  weave the tails through the stitching unnoticed, then put a dab of Fray Block where the ends likely were - it's a fray stopper that dries clear and soft - literally invisible!

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    You can do something similar with your sewing machine if you have a thread break or run out during decorative stitching.  After rethreading, just stitch out your decorative stitch until you get to a place just before the break in the stitch pattern, your preferred number of stitches may vary depending on the pattern.  Replace the item you were sewing on under the presser foot,  lower it, and turn needle manually using the hand wheel to be sure your starting point is in just the right spot to continue your pattern.  Leave thread tails from removing and restarting the stitching - you can use a hand needle to bring these to the back and secure or hide the tails.

    The Clover Seam Ripper we've shown in the photo is one of our favorite tools -

     

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    You can buy it here - Clover Seam Ripper -  but please keep reading our blog for an important tip on using your seam ripper!

  • Look what's featured in Threads magazine!

    September 21, 2015

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    The November issue of Threads magazine has featured the Pfaff creative 1.5 sewing and embroidery machine in its "Notions: Tools For Smarter Sewing" section!

    Threads advises "For an affordable sewing machine with embroidery capabilities, consider the Pfaff creative 1.5, designed as a sewer's first embroidery machine."  But this well priced, well sized new machine from Pfaff isn't just for beginners!  It's compact enough to take to classes, sewing or quilting retreats, and still take along embroidery. Size matters, and while easily portable, it still provides for good size embroidery - 240mm x 150mm.  It includes Pfaff's Integrated Dual Feed (IDF) system along with many important features and functions you already enjoy on high end machines. And it's SEW PRETTY!

    Click the photo above to see more on our website... or better yet, come into any of Moore's store locations and let us show it to you in person!

    Thanks Threads!

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  • Tip! Pin-Free Sewing!

    September 8, 2015

    Use water wisely....  we hear that often these days.  We have some wise water uses that will make your sewing easier and more precise!

    Pins are unquestionably a necessary sewing notion.  But there are alternatives that may save you time, be more precise by avoiding "pin bumps", eliminate the possibility of sewing over a pin and breaking needles, damaging your project (or your machine -- do you have Moore's CPP protection for your machine? It covers this damage!), and of course prevents escapee pins that sometimes get stepped on!

    Wash Away Wonder Tape is great for hems, bindings, applique placement, pocket placement and Moore!  It's double sided, lightweight easy to sew through without gumming up your needle.  It's sew easy to just tape things together to prepare for permanent stitching!

     

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    YLI Wash A Way Thread is the perfect thread when you don't want to pin or have to rip out basting stitches. Use it for basting binding, zippers, hems, gathers, pleats, set-in sleeves, positioning pockets and fitting. Machine trapunto, matching fabric pattern stay stitching, joining batting pieces together - and Moore!

     

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  • Tip! Don't Dye Your Sewing Machine!

    August 31, 2015

    Aren't these vintage sewing machine colors great?! We love pink!

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    But if you don't want your nice white machine bed turned pink...blue...grey... here's something that can prevent it. Sometimes prewashing our fabric doesn't guarantee there will be no crocking or bleeding when you begin sewing. Unfortunately once it rubs onto your machine bed it's difficult, if not impossible, to fully remove. Deep red/pink, sometimes black or deep blue can discolor your machine.

    Before working with the fabric, or at the very first hint of color on the machine bed, wrap your machine bed - free arm, attached accessory tray, matching extension table - with Glad Press 'n Seal. Its gentle adhesive keeps the white surface protected and doesn't slip and slide. It's easily removed with no residue. You can cut out an opening for the needle plate so it's still easy to see markings and change bobbins.

  • Teacher Feature -- Laurel Hewitt

    August 24, 2015

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    Laurel Hewitt - Moore's Mission Viejo

    Laurel is an icon in education at Moore's.  She's been teaching here for - nearly 25 years!   She teaches machine guide classes for Pfaff and Janome machines and all sergers, and Pfaff 6D and Brother software, but has led clubs and teaches specialty classes in quilting, machine embroidery, garment making, and more.  It's hard to find something sewing she doesn't know (a lot) about!

    Like many, she began sewing when young, focusing on clothing construction.  Quilting followed in the 70's, and she began designing and selling her quilts.   We're fortunate that her passion for sewing and love for teaching led her to Moore's!   When we asked what she enjoys sewing the most, quilting still comes through as an important component of her sewing pleasure - noting landscape and art quilts as styles she enjoys.  But she's also participated in some quilt challenges - 30 days to get it done!

    Here's her quilt from the Cherrywood Fabric challenge "I get by with a little help from my friends" - you just can't help but sing along!

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    (Is it any coincidence she says she likes all music - but rock and roll reigns in her house?)

    In the last couple years though, she's circled back to garment making -- and  garments are among the sewing projects she's most proud of .  To explore tailoring she jumped right in by making a jacket -- for her husband! "It was a compendium of many things learned over the years."  It fit, and looks great!

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     (We're still waiting for the REAL pic Laurel!)

    When she's not sewing for him, she's hanging out with him in her off time - going to movies, checking out new restaurants, and traveling.  But she gets in a lot of reading too!

    A dress made from a challenging Vogue pattern in her earlier sewing days gets recognition as another project that she's proud of.  She noted some tricky corner piece inserts - we bet she could show you how to do those off the top of her head now!  But the one sewing item she notes she can't live without is still - a seam ripper.

    And finally - the Stitcher's Garden Quilt. This piece is one of special pride. Not only is it a beautiful quilt,  Laurel teaches this class at Mission Viejo - it's a new block with new techniques each month for 12 months.   And it's a source of pride because of the satisfaction she gets watching people over a yearlong period, some starting as novices, accomplishing so much when they get their 12 blocks done.  Who's more proud, Laurel or her students?

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    What  does she consider a challenge?  Interpreting other writers' instructions, persevering and finding creativity in new projects - not just following instructions and putting together seams - but finding your own approach to the project.

    Does she still love teaching?  Yes!  Because there are always new ideas, new machines that can do new things to teach, but Laurel also points out that she always learns something new from people in her class.  Laurel originally joined Moore's because she wanted to learn more about sewing, checked into opportunities for teaching sewing and software, and the rest is history.  She again emphasizes how much she has learned from teaching and the people she's taught.

    We can all probably remember an "aha!" moment when we realized something that helped or changed our sewing for the better - for good.  Laurel's came about while working for Moore's -- "This was something I learned by working at Moore's.  I never tested stitches or how a needle/thread combo might work on my fabric prior to starting a project.  It resulted in many projects not coming out well or having to rip and re-stitch.  Learning to stop and test before starting a project made my sewing sooo much better!"  (...a good lesson for us all!)

    Laurel's seen a lot of changes over the many years, in sewing techniques, interests, products and technology.   She's enjoyed watching how George has taken the company from two to six retail stores plus an outlet center,  but along with such growth has stayed customer oriented.

    We welcome those new or returning to sewing to our stores, classes and events, and strive to make their experience a good one, their sewing results successful (or to at least learn from the "so many little disasters" Laurel noted when we asked if there was a particular big one that stands out in her mind!)   Since she's taught countless new and veteran sewers, we asked what she recommends for turning someone new to sewing into a sewing enthusiast:

    1)  Start with something simple in an area that 's of interest - then take a class;

    2)  Get into a hands on in person class - where they have the flexibility to ask questions on the spot, show the instructor what they've done, and get immediate feedback;

    3)  Make sure they have a reliable, good working sewing machine and encourage them by showing interest, accompanying them to the fabric store, etc.

    We can all mentor someone new with these simple tips!

    Thank you Laurel, for all your years of teaching and wisdom!

  • Tip! Start/Stop Button and Free Motion

    August 19, 2015

    Does your sewing machine have an option to sew with a Start/Stop button instead of the foot pedal?  Most do these days (if yours doesn't - you need to come see us!), with speed control as well.  This feature can be invaluable in free motion work!

    The quality of your free motion stitching depends on the combination of how fast or slow you're moving your fabric along with how fast or slow you're "driving" the machine pressing the foot pedal.  Use the speed control to set a comfortable speed, press "Start",  and you just eliminated one of the two variable affecting stitch quality and consistency!  Your speed is now constant and you can focus on simply keeping your fabric moving consistently!  Some models in the Pfaff line even let you keep your foot pedal connected, and you can use it as a break so your hands are on your work at all times!

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  • Tip! Machine Needle Threaders

    August 17, 2015

    Does your machine have a needle threader? Was that one of the things you loved when you first looked at it?   They can be one of your favorite features or sometimes a bit frustrating when learning to use it!

    To better understand how it works, think of a car with a stick shift... you have to adjust how much you release the accelerator while depressing the clutch to prevent stalling. With the needle threader you must release your hold on the thread with your right hand just enough -  so you can let the lever raise with the left hand and pull the thread through the small hook in the needle's eye. Too tight nothing happens. Too loose and your thread just drops! Be patient and you may find you're soon doing it just by feel (because if you could see what you were doing you wouldn't need the threader!!).  A visual may help --

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