Sunday, April 11, 2010
"It may be taken as a matter of course that any one who does dressmaking has a sewing-machine, but many people own machines for years and never learn how much a sewing machine can accomplish, the many almost unbelievable things it will do and the real economy in its use.
Whatever make of machine you own, the company which made it is the best authority regarding its care and operation. Their book of instruction is your best aid in becoming thoroughly familiar with the machine itself, the places for oiling, the needed adjustments of needle, bobbin or tension screws, and especially with the various attachments that can be used for so many fascinating methods of finishing and trimming garments and accessories.
If you have bought a new machine, read the instruction book from beginning to end before using it. Then take a few pieces of material, thread up the machine and experiment. Try it out not only on plain stitching but with all the attachments, making yourself familiar with their possibilities.
If there are points you do not understand, after reading your book of instructions, ask the personal instructor at the shop where you bought the machine to help you; or, if you are not near enough for this, write to the manufacturer and explain your difficulty.
If you have had a machine for some time, but are not getting the best results, begIn is though it were new. Read the instruction book and then ask for any needed help from your local sewing-machine shop or from the manufacturer.
Sometimes just cleaning and oiling, tightening the belt, or readjusting the needles or tension will correct what seemed to be a serious difficulty; yet a small thing of this kind sometimes causes a machine to remain unused for long periods of time.
Keep your machine in a convenient place in the sewing-room so that it is always ready for emergency seams, for mending, and for the occasional readjustments of clothing that come so frequently, especially in homes where there are children."