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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine dropping stiches :( on: January 08, 2012 07:51:15 AM
Try a new needle, and make sure it is the right size for the fabric... 

Also try pulling all the thread out and rethreading it completely..  bobbin, and top thread... Use your manual.. there might be a little part of the threading sequence that you are missing that is causing the machine to not sew correctly..

Use good quality thread.. it can make a difference

try cleaning it and oiling it.. there should be instructions in your manual

its usually the smallest thing that will do this...  Sewing machines are actually fairly precise instruments and can be persnickety Smiley
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Getting Over the Fear of "Starting Over" on: October 16, 2011 08:29:59 AM
Maybe if you make something really small and simple?  It would remind you of the joy of sewing, be simple and easy to finish off quickly, and would give you that sense of accomplishment...

I too am dragging my feet on a rather large project of sewing (velvet) curtains for our large living room windows.  I'm thinking I might make something small and simple to give me the nudge to get going on the curtain project... 
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Garage sale find! 1941 Singer Sewing Machine! Now how do I thread it? on: August 02, 2011 03:58:47 PM
I believe that is a 99K, but i'm not terribly familiar with singer models.. so i could be wrong...

if it is a 99K, your manual can be found here:
http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/450_99.pdf

To find out the date of manufacture, and the model number of your machine for sure, you can go here to find that out based off your serial number

http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial-numbers

Then you can go here, and put in your model number and you should be able to download your manual for free....

http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals

I picked up a 27 treadle machine about a year ago or so, and I got the date of manufacture (i think its like 1912 or something crazy old) and a manual from the singer site... its all very helpful
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Removing paint and Sharpie with home methods instead of paint stripper? on: December 31, 2010 09:00:30 AM
if you are just going to be painting over it, use a good primer first, and that should cover it up for your final coat...  there are some that are specially formulated to cover up hard to cover things
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Know where I can find... on: July 16, 2010 03:26:40 PM
You could try searching for ticking, since it is often striped like that...  Not exactly the same but pretty close

This place has some, but it seems expensive... 
http://www.interiormall.com/cat/nsample.asp?ID=124390
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Just got a free Household Sewing Machine from the 1870's! on: July 05, 2010 11:19:52 AM
You can find lots of information at
www.treadleon.net
They have lots of info on using treadles, and how to maintain them and clean them up.  Most of it is geared a little bit more towards singers, but will still be applicable to your machine.

It looks gorgeous, and i'm sure will work great once it is oiled. (regular sewing machine oil, I think)

Also, you can find new (leather) treadle belts on ebay, they just get cut to fit :-)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Iron Singer Base Restoration on: June 06, 2010 07:09:26 AM
There is a great website out there called Treadle On that is all about Treadle sewing machines, and on it is instructions on how to take apart and refinish the iron treadle base. 

http://www.treadleon.net/sewingmachineshop/treadles/servicingtreadles.html

I also intend to repaint and redo the gold leaf, since it is how they originally came eventually on mine!

Hope it helps!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pillow for my boyfriend?? on: December 10, 2009 03:26:55 PM
Maybe you could embroider a simple character from a video game or cartoon that he really likes on it, he will know it comes from you, but his parents wouldnt :-)
9  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Anyone in West Michigan?! on: December 03, 2009 07:30:54 PM
Galesburg! (right by kalamazoo), we just bought a house here (moved from hopkins, which is close) and i'm excited because i finally get my own sewing room!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Should I wash prewash cotton piping cord? on: August 23, 2009 10:17:08 AM
Maybe you could cut off a length, measure it, and wash it in the lingerie bag at the hottest setting.. then if it comes out and it hasn't shrunk you know you don't need to wash the rest... also if it shreds in the wash you will also k,now not to wash it. 
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