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« on: May 20, 2011 12:25:46 PM »

Hello! A few years ago I picked up a Singer 257 Fashion Mate at a thrift store. It's only recently that I fixed it up and started to learn to sew and  It's been working well enough. My grandma suggested I adjust the tension since I was having trouble with zippers.

 I looked around my machine and noticed a nob I had never payed any attention to. It's on the very top left of my machine and it's difficult to turn. The dial reads "Max, Normal, DARN"
I had no idea what this nob is for. I figured out what Darning is and i'm curious as to if max and normal are variations of darning or if they are completely separate to darning. Just wondering if anyone could help me out. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011 10:02:14 AM »

That knob controls the amount of pressure the presser foot applies to the fabric under it. Mine is numbered (Darn, then 1-9) but they work the same way. If you set it to 'darn', then there's almost no pressure on the fabric, which is what you need to darn on a machine. Normal and Max are just pressure variations; I don't know that I've ever had mine set past mid-point once I was done playing with it to figure out what all the settings did. I'd probably just leave it set to Normal.

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