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221  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Needle stops, Material gets eaten, my machine is cursed!! on: March 08, 2009 12:52:26 AM
Don't forget to use a new needle for each new project or for every 4 hours of constant sewing. The needle should be the correct type for the material you are working with and the thread.

Also make sure your tension is correct. Don't forget that you may need to change the pressure on the pressure foot for different types of fabrics.

Your old needles can be used for other projects, like putting decorative stitch holes on a greeting cards before throwing the needle away.
222  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: sewing machine table recommendations on: March 08, 2009 12:18:20 AM
When I got my own 1st machine, I used a ironing board for a sewing table. Cheesy I can laugh about it now, but with the ironing board I could put it at a height that was comfortable. And I could press on the ironing board without moving from the chair that I sat on. I didn't have a pin cushion either but the iron board had padding and a cover that was ideal as a temporary pin cushion. I used a cutting board on the bed to cut out patterns. Yes, I was the frugal sewer.

The 1st sewing machine I bought was a used Universal model KAB. I still have it and it still is in working condition. I recently pulled it out as I was starting to clean and reorganize my sewing room and because I thought it would have rusted from the moisture that was in the house when it flooded. A quick wipe down was all that was needed and very little oiling before running it a few minutes at top speed. When I bought the machine from the repairman, he told me to alway put piece of scrap material between the pressure foot and the feed dogs and I still do it out of habit with all of my machines. 
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