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« on: April 08, 2008 06:06:34 AM »

I hope someone can help me!
When you pack away your sewing machine is the presser foot supposed to be up or down? I vaguely remember a teacher saying something about it being important and prolonging the life of the machine but I can't remember which way to swing.
So please crafsters, which way should I go, up or down?

« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2008 07:01:02 AM »

foot & needle down Smiley

but, but, you are packing it ... away? Noooo!!      just kidding, I know not everyone is as obsessive as me Smiley

BTW I'm lobbying for a Sewing Machines forum!! click the link in my sig if you want one place for all machine related questions & answers!
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2008 06:05:50 PM »

Thanks a million!
I have a few machines and just got a old singer as a gift, so some only get used on "special occasions" Grin. Life without a machine is unimaginable Cheesy. I got the handcrank machine to use when we have power failures - that smacks of addiction pure and simple. I'm glad I'm not alone!
I have clicked on the link -brilliant idea -thanks
M Fox
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2008 06:13:13 PM »

I got the handcrank machine to use when we have power failures - that smacks of addiction pure and simple

 Grin Grin Grin  Too funny!

I have a question along these lines - when you put the presser foot and needle down, should you put a piece of fabric in first? 
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2008 08:15:42 PM »

For some reason I seem to recall you should leave the presser foot down with fabric between the plate and foot as if you leave it up it will be under some tension and after awhile the mechanism will become loose. This kind of makes sense as when you put down the presser foot it feels like you are releasing something.
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2008 06:31:58 AM »

I got the handcrank machine to use when we have power failures

I see myself becoming a serious collector of sewing machines very soon. I nearly cried a couple days ago when I missed a mid-century Japanese machine in a cabinet on Craig's List free, free! It was goregeous!! I told them I'd buy it but it was already gone Sad

Hand crank and treadle machines that work are actually hard to come by in the US & UK party due the Ghandi- some of his work set up programs that got 'old' non-motorized machines from the US & UK and sent them to India so people could work as independant businessmen & women. It was a great program, very successful. Many of those machines are collectors items and still in use in rural India Smiley
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