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21  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer 31-15 walking foot on: April 02, 2010 04:36:54 AM
There are add-on walking feet that can be adapted to use on a 31-15, but these will NOT convert the machine into the type of machine with a built-in walking foot that is designed specifically for heavier/thicker sewing. An add-on walking foot is not the same at all- works very differently.

Not all industrials are designed for heavy/thick sewing.  The factory that makes silky bed sheets uses industrail machines, and those wouldn't do at all for automotive upholstery work.  By the same token, if you tried to sew a silk blouse with an industrial walking foot machine designed for heavy upholstery work, it would just eat the silk for lunch rather than actually sew it up.

 The 31-15 is more of a "tailors" industrial machine, and may not be what you need.

Industrial, Commercial Grade, Professional, Industrial Strength & More- Sewing Machine Buying Guide

Article with information about how an ad-on walking foot really works and what it does

22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage machine vs. upgrade? on: April 02, 2010 04:29:11 AM
Durring the mid 1960's is when value engineering really started to come into play with sewing machines.  Some Brother machines from the 1970's are terrific stitchers when in good repair and adjusted and used properly. Others- not so much.  If it is a free-arm- it's probably too "new" to be one of the "better" vintage Brothers.

The feeding issue sounds like the presser foot pressure may need to be changed for lighter fabrics.  This is a user adjustment.  A seam guide can help you get straighter, better controlled stitching.  Sometimes is just a matter of how one is handling the fabric as they sew.  this PDF booklet from Threads will help with that:


If you want a new machine- go try some out and get what you like.
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Home/Jerome Manual Help on: March 27, 2010 09:11:02 AM
These instructions from a similar model cover how to insert the bobbin case.

Tip:  Learn to grab the BC with the same finger angle that you used to remove it and it will much easier to do.
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm having the hardest time with my vintage machine - help! on: March 24, 2010 04:58:31 PM
I emailed you the files, but I got one of those failure notices.
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm having the hardest time with my vintage machine - help! on: March 24, 2010 08:49:02 AM
Contact me directly via my blog or site.  I have a generic manual in PDF form that will do the trick for this machine.  I'd be happy to email it along to you.
26  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Singer 413 - only working in reverse!! on: March 19, 2010 04:25:58 AM
Here is the problem- many of the parts within the feed regulation system of the Stylists line of Singers such as this 413 are no longer available as new. 

These were low end machines when new, and IMHO, you'd be better off replacing it rather than trying to repair this problem.
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: goblin sewing machine? on: March 13, 2010 05:17:02 AM
Sound like a short in the cord set or the controller.  If you need help finding a replacement, contact me directly.
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine Help - Needle going in crooked! on: March 12, 2010 04:12:23 PM
You may have damaged/bent the needle clamp or even the needle bar.
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why does my sewing machine only sew regular stitches if I sew fabric on the bias on: February 28, 2010 07:21:26 AM
Its skipping stitches.  A ball point needle is to prvent the knit fibers from "running" (like stockings run) by spreading the fibers rather than piercing them. 

As the needle rises it froms a lop of thread under the stitch plate.  The hook picks up this look and wraps it around the bobbin thread thus forming a stitch.  On many snythethic knit fabrics, the materials is "slipery" and doesn't provide enough friction as the needle rises for there to be a good sized loop formed.  If the hook isn't set in close enough, it will miss this smaller loop and a skipped stitch will result.

A stretch needle has the lower portion offset so that it brings this loop closer to the hook, increasing the odds that a stitch will be made.  So, use a stretch needle to address this problem.

How to Choose a Sewing Machine Needle
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Picking out a new machine. Need advice!!! on: February 19, 2010 05:47:57 AM
Do you want a full sized machine or a compact 3/4 sized one?  The brother is a small machine, very light weight- great for classes and travel, but not so great for sewing faster (bounces around due to the light weight) and has a very small harp size (space between the needle and pillar).  Thsi makes sewing bulkier projects tough at times.

The Janome is sturdier, larger and better made.
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