I have a fabric needlebook that I made myself. The pages are like a quilted book, and each page has a different type of needle stuck in it. Like "sewing" or "tapestry" or "chenille". It seems like you could make something similar with different sizes.
Although personally, I love the idea of needle roll-up.
Thank you so much SC. I really appreciate the advice. I will avoid the stretch needles like the plague. I looked at your website, and you really have a lot of great information. I've seen the Schmetz needles in sewing stores. I'll look at them if some of the other suggested solutions in this thread do not help.
Buy a good, sharp pair of scissors (don't skimp!! they are worth the money), a seam ripper, steel sewing pins (an excuse to make a pin cushion!), a seamstress measuring tape, extra bobbins, a variety pack of needles and some black, tan and white thread.
After that -- my best advice would be to pick a project and buy what you need for that project. Then pick another project, and buy what you need for it... and so on. Because if you aren't going to use it in a project, you really don't need it, no matter how many "basics" lists it ends up on! For example, if you don't quilt, you might not end up using the rotary cutter so much.
Also, what ends up being useful is very personal -- for example, I can't live without my yardstick, but that's because I make a lot of 30-inch long a-line skirts. But if you want to make mostly wallets and purses and pillows, a yardstick would be far less useful to you
I can't wait to try some of these ideas out tomorrow. Thank you all so much.
Sew-Classic, do you know if I can use one of the needles you describe in my Featherweight? My mom always used Singer needles in it, so that's what I do, but I've always wondered if I can use a different kind.
Oh wow. I had no idea what that knob did, thank you for explaining it! I got this sewing machine from my mom, who got it from her aunt, so I mostly only know what my mom told me -- and she only knew what her aunt told her. I do not have a manual, so I really appreciate that too.
Thanks *so* much. The three of you have given me great ideas.
My sewing machine is a 1946 Singer Featherweight. I have a zigzag attachment, but using it would be my very last option, because it moves the fabric from side to side, rather than the needle. Likewise with adjusting the pressure foot -- I'm sure it can be done, but I have no idea how.
I had thought of using water soluable stabilizer, but I wasn't sure if that would work. I tried holding the fabric loosely, on the theory that if I pulled it I might make it uneven. I'll try the opposite and see what happens. I'll also try a shorter stitch length to see what happens.
Before trying the stabilizer, I'd like to try a new needle. I've always used singer needles in my machine -- can I use a different brand of needles? I might try to find a microtex needle.
The thread I'm using is Coates & Clark dual duty -- what would I look for in a lighter weight thread?
Maybe I should just buy a walking foot. I quilt, so I could use one.