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« on: November 08, 2006 09:59:21 AM »

This is my new toy err, sewing machine Cheesy It's a Crown Point - that's about all I know about it though. My partners mum gave me it, she bought herself an all-singing/dancing new one a few years back and this one's been sat in a cupboard ever since. Unfortunately she'd lent it out to someone and they'd lost the manual but I think I've got it pretty much sussed as far as the basics go - I've managed to sew up a fleece hat with it that looks quite reasonable Smiley

Anyone heard of these machines? I've what appears to be a hemming foot which I don't have a clue how to use and something else that just looks like a c-shaped foot, no idea what that one is Tongue I'll get some pics of the feet tomorrow Smiley

All in all though I'm over the moon! My first sewing machine. Now how can I make money to buy meself a fabric stash?  Cheesy Grin Cheesy Grin Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2006 03:40:07 PM »

Congrats on the new sewing machine! Exciting, isn't it? :-)
I just finished making hankerchiefs for my mom for xmas, so I can give you a little help with the hemming foot question:
Hemming feet take some practice, especially if it's a particularly narrow hemmer. What works best for me is to "thread" the fabric through , curling it slightly into the rounded part. ( I haven't yet figured out exactly how to start the hem from the very start of the fabric and usually end up sewing the first inch at the end of the process.) Then, sew slowly, and make sure you have just the right pressure (you know, the little button on top -- not sure if it's necessarily called 'pressure') - too much and you'll have a big thread-y mess to pull out, too little and it won't hem so much as sew.  I also find it helps to curl the fabric around my right thumb a bit as I feed it into the machine. Hope that helps a smidge.

That said: looks like a nice one! I have an older all-metal model (pre-computer chips), and it is wonderful.  They are easy to repair, maintain, and short of dropping it out a 5th-story window, will keep kicking forever. :-)
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