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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Frozen presser foot on a Singer?? on: May 06, 2010 04:59:15 AM
What setting is your stitch length set to?
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: pressure foot... overlock stitch....brother x1400 on: April 27, 2010 04:37:46 AM
Are you sure it's an "Nx"-1400?  How about a "Vx"- 1400?

If it is the VX-1400, then, yes, there are snap-on overlock / overcasting feet avaialble to fit this machine.  Feel free to contact me directly if you need help getting your mitts on one.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: singer or brother??? on: April 27, 2010 04:30:36 AM
That brother machine is a small (not full size) machine and very light.  Great for taking to class, but it's will bounce around at higher speeds, has loads of "value engineered" plastic bits, and the harp (area between the needle and pillar) will be cramped.  For bulkier projects this could be an issue.
 If you are sewing pillow cases and PJ's, none of this will matter much.

You may want to consider a purchase from a local dealer.  Even with their entry level models, they will spend some time showing you how to use the machine, and you will have somebody to go back to and ask questions as you go along.
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone else have an old Kenmore (sewing machine)? on: April 18, 2010 05:39:29 AM
Well, instead of looking for "kenmore" feet, determine what the shank style of your machine is.

Identify the Type of Feet for Your Sewing Machine



15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Id my "Vintage" Sewing Machine on: April 18, 2010 05:34:48 AM
Rofl at smocking crack
I am going to check it later.

Nothing to check- it's possible to tell by looking at the stitch indicator plate that the machine has reverse feed.  Flip the lever up and the machine feeds in reverse (backwards).   

You know I could take a 1975 Ford Mustang and put a 1968 Cehvy Camaro manual in the glove box, and the car would still be a '75 Mustang.

If the machine were a Singer, it would say Singer (not Sewette) on the actual machine not just on the manual.

Taking lesson to learn to sew will be fun- enjoy!
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Id my "Vintage" Sewing Machine on: April 17, 2010 06:56:19 AM
Somebody at Singer is smoking crack.  If that were a Singer from 1912, it wouldn't even have reverse feed.  That came along on later versions of the Singer 15 (1930's).  I bet that if you look closely at the machine- especially at the base of the pillar, on the side facing the needle bar, you will find a "made in Japan" marking.  If not, flip the machine over and look for a "JA" or "JC" mark.  ie:  JA-20 or JA-9, of JC-__, you get the idea.

17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Id my "Vintage" Sewing Machine on: April 16, 2010 10:05:32 AM
That is a Badged, HA-1, class 15 sometimes refered to as a "Singer clone".  These were made in Japan by various factories and then "badged" or labled with a variety of brands.  The "brand" on the machine usually ahs absolutley nothing to do with the factory that actually produced the machine.  They were labeled with what ever name the imorter or distributor thaought might aid in marketing/selling the macine or often with store brand names.

I have a full reveiw of this type of machine on my blog:

  It Looks Just Like an Old Singer.. Sort of... Review of The HA-1, Class 15 Clone

I recently serviced a GOLD colored Morse Ha-1.

18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ruffler Foot for Janome 625E on: April 08, 2010 05:10:00 PM
Whatever ruffler you get make certain that it is for a TOP LOADING Janome.  There is a slight offset to the presser bar compared to "typical" low shank machines and the front loading Janomes.  A top loading, screw-on ruffler should retail for $30 to $34, and the screw-on ruffler for the front loading machines sell for about half of that.

The snap on rufflers are adjustable for either type of machine (top loading or front loading), and, yes, they are pricey.

If you don't feel comfortable with the advise you are getting from the eBay seller, contact me directly off forum.
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: If a sewing machine is not used a long time on: April 07, 2010 04:37:11 AM
Turn the hand wheel and see if everything is moving freely.  If it feels good, it's probably fine.  If the machine  acts, sounds or feel dry- then a drop or two of oil at the bearing and oiling points  would be the next step.

20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Slant-o-Matic 500 help? on: April 02, 2010 02:31:09 PM
The types of sewing projects that you do will be the deciding factor in what feet you may want to own. 

FWIW, slant shank feet are still made today and available as new.  The machine uses class 66 bobbins.  Some of the class 66 bobbins sold at Discount stores and Joann's are not very good IMHO.

The specs for the 500 with regard to feet, bobbins, etc. are the same as the 400 series slant-o-matics.  I have an in-depth review on my blog with photos & information about the original accessories and feet. Singer Slant-o-matic Review.   Contact me via my blog if you need help getting feet, etc..
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