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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / thread feeding from top tangling underneath fabric on: August 04, 2012 12:14:27 AM
Hi all,

I'm having ongoing problems with my sewing machine. It's an elderly Singer 401A, but is in pretty good nick. It's just been in to be fixed, which fixed one problem(where it whirred for anything up to 10 seconds before beginning to sew)  improved the other...for a week. The other problem is that the thread that feeds from the top of the machine is snarling and loose underneath the fabric. I was told it was a tention problem and that there'd been some thread wound around the tension mechanism, which my repair guy removed and then recalibrated the mechanism. This more-or-less(still tiny bit loose in places but huge improvement) fixed the problem...flash forward to a week later. I sit down to to the final hem on my a-line skirt, and it's worse than ever! I'm posting a sample of the problem on a left-over scrap. It's the underside of the fabric. Does anyone know what else I can do? I've already threaded, rethreaded, adjusted the tension knob, put a new needle in and tried a different bobbin.



Thanks for any help, this is driving me up the wall!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer 401a blows mains fuse when I try to sew on: December 20, 2011 10:43:06 PM
I recently bought an old (circa 1958) Singer 401a machine, apparently in excellent condition with all attachments etc. It's been running a dream, but having set it up this evening to make a last-minute xmas present, it blew the mains fuse as soon as I plugged it into the wall. Upon resetting the mains and trying again, it did it again. Does anyone know what the problem is, and is it fixable(affordably fixable, that is)?

" Merry Christmas, here's the pieces of your christmas present..." Roll Eyes Eek I'm in a bit of a bind now.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Selling on Etsy in New Zealand -taxes on: February 25, 2011 07:57:54 PM
Hi there everyone,

I'm thinking of starting an etsy store to sell my jewellery, but I can't find any relevant info about the tax obligations and how to go about fulfilling them, for a seller based in New Zealand. I know I would have to pay tax, that there is no limit that you can sell below without having to pay taxes(and that our IRD have been cracking down on it, so I wouldn't want to take a chance), but I can't find the relevant info. Has anyone got any local experience with this? I'd really appreciate your advice.
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