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    A comment about bobbin tension... it is not so...

    A comment about bobbin tension... it is not so much being finicky as it is being specific. The bobbin tension controls how quickly the bobbin spins thread off the bobbin cartridge. Spinning too...
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    The folks I've known in this situation would not...

    The folks I've known in this situation would not likely be on Facebook . More likely face to face type venues. Neighbors and church folk if that floats your boat.
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    How does free sound? Now I say that with...

    How does free sound? Now I say that with trepidation because I don't want to build false hopes. But somewhere in your circle of acquaintances is a woman "of a certain age" who has a completely...
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    I guess you missed my statement that "standard...

    I guess you missed my statement that "standard easily obtainable thread is fine." You are correct, if you go into the specialty markets you will come across mismatches where the thread has to be...
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    To clarify a point. When using nylon fabric stay...

    To clarify a point. When using nylon fabric stay with polyester thread. Nylon thread can be extremely difficult to work with on home machines. It has a tremendous stretch factor that throws...
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    Ok.... here is my take on the questions. Thread...

    Ok.... here is my take on the questions. Thread size don't matter unless you are CDO (that's so OCD so bad it has to be alphabetical) Standard easily obtainable thread is fine. As far as the...
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    To be clear... only a serger has serger...

    To be clear... only a serger has serger capabilities. A serger is a specialized sewing machine but completely unlike a normal machine, properly called a lock stitch machine. A serger uses upwards...
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    Check 2 things related to the bobbin. Make sure...

    Check 2 things related to the bobbin. Make sure it is installed properly and make sure there is a reasonable tail sticking out loose. 4 - 6" is easily enough. Not much more than that though. If...
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    The biggest problem is the top tension. For some...

    The biggest problem is the top tension. For some reason it is too loose. That's too loose. Instead of pulling up the loop, the take up arm strips the thread off the spool leaving the loop down...
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    generally speaking when one is sewing fuzzies...

    generally speaking when one is sewing fuzzies like fleece it is best to put the fuzzie on the bottom. I'm not sure what might be causing the feed dog problem you are having that way. But here's the...
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    Here's my sig lines.... I echo the older...

    Here's my sig lines.... I echo the older machines as opposed to the new ones, but that is simply my preference for gear making.
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    Not to burst any bubbles, but not all machines...

    Not to burst any bubbles, but not all machines can be fitted with a walking foot. The best thing to do is to try and find one made especially for your machine. If it promises a "universal fit" you...
  13. For gear making a ball point needle is almost...

    For gear making a ball point needle is almost never recommended. You might want to use one for advanced technical fabric like lycra and such. But for the vast majority of woven fabric use a "sharp"...
  14. It is not the bobbin thread that is looping. ...

    It is not the bobbin thread that is looping. That's the top thread that is not being pulled up tight because the loose tension allows thread to strip off the spool instead of pulling the loop up. ...
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    A complete re-thread is the sewing machine...

    A complete re-thread is the sewing machine equivalent of the computer re-boot. It is amazing how many times that works.
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    It's called the "take up arm"

    It's called the "take up arm"
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    Thickness and denseness of the fabric requires an...

    Thickness and denseness of the fabric requires an adjustment in upper thread tension. The top tension needs to be higher to offset the added friction of the thicker fabric. Lightweight fabrics need...
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    A rolled hem on woven fabric has very little...

    A rolled hem on woven fabric has very little stretch. Even on cat curves once you get things sewn they are very stable. While zig zag does have some purposes, it is easily done without for making...
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    Trekking poles (use two for best results) serve a...

    Trekking poles (use two for best results) serve a multitude of purposes. Probing for loose scree and checking on the other side of logs for slitherers are only two. They improve the hiking...
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    You might check my "guidelines" thread in my...

    You might check my "guidelines" thread in my sig. Others have said they found it helpful. For gear making I tend to advocate for used machines as I think you can get more gear making bang for the...
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    That triple stitch is a very specific use stitch...

    That triple stitch is a very specific use stitch that only appears on more modern machines. It is intended for use on stretch or knit materials and is used for "stay stitching". That means it...
  22. Or... don't worry about it. All you really need...

    Or... don't worry about it. All you really need to fret about is using a "sharp" as a first preference, "universal" as a back up and avoid "ballpoint" and other specialty needles.
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    This is the thing I was going to suggest,...

    This is the thing I was going to suggest, particularly if your presser foor has a split opening in the front. It will get into the loose fibers of the insulation and cause no end of havoc.
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    The first thought that came to my mind was the...

    The first thought that came to my mind was the need to sterilize the down. Feather mites are very common especially among wild birds. I would be very loathe to be using the down/feathers for...
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    walk before you run. Stitching a straight line,...

    walk before you run. Stitching a straight line, which is required for sewing baffles, is an acquired skill. Mind you it is easily learned with practice but a down quilt is not a first time project,...
  26. Singer has gone the way of many other tool...

    Singer has gone the way of many other tool makers. Their management is no longer invested in the product they make. Just being profitable. It's sad I agree. On the other hand... if you have ever...
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    Poll: Converting a gathered end to a bridge is such an...

    Converting a gathered end to a bridge is such an enterprise I would not bother. It's not that hard, but you might as well start from scratch for all the time/effort you would put into it. If...
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    Age is important in this statement. The vintage...

    Age is important in this statement. The vintage Singers are workhorses with ample repair parts available on the market. The 60-80's Singers were a total bomb. Singer lost a good deal of it's...
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    The first question you need to settle is very...

    The first question you need to settle is very simply what are you going to use it for? If you are just making gear then anything that has a straight stitch will do the trick as long as it works well....
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    Please note... to take nothing away from Dutch's...

    Please note... to take nothing away from Dutch's response... cut square is an incomplete term. Cut square to _what_? Fabric can be square to the edge, probably how Dutch and 98% of all fabric...
  31. Just a personal comment for what it is worth. I...

    Just a personal comment for what it is worth. I like the hood remaining on my sleeping bag as it can provide a level of neck coverage most top quilts don't provide. I'm not saying leave it on....
  32. What changes do you want to make and why? I...

    What changes do you want to make and why?
    I prefer the extra width of a sleeping bag so that's not an issue for me. It might be for you. Some folks are concerned the zipper might damage the...
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    A synthetic quilt would be far more practical...

    A synthetic quilt would be far more practical than down. A synth quilt does not require baffles. You hand stitch around the out side with the batting properly position then finish the quilt in any...
  34. a failure to pull the loop back up is not related...

    a failure to pull the loop back up is not related to the bottom (bobbin) tension. The top tension does not have the resistence to keep the thread from stripping off the spool so the loop remains...
  35. foxrun... are you sewing through the shockcord? ...

    foxrun... are you sewing through the shockcord? From the neighboring stitch lines it looks like the machine was working ok before you put in the shock cord. It would appear to me the fabric is not...
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    I have a couple of posts that might help....

    I have a couple of posts that might help.
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/117664-What-makes-a-quot-good-sewing-machine-quot?p=1541337#post1541337

    and the "guidelines post in my...
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    What makes a "good sewing machine"?

    The bottom line is a "good sewing machine" is any machine that will do what you expect it to do within the parameters you have set. Forget about brand for the moment. Forget about age for the...
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    In short... yes. It was a brand issue. It was a...

    In short... yes. It was a brand issue. It was a weight issue. Beyond that I would suggest you read my posts carefully. I find you have not understood my points. I am now excusing myself from any...
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    In the spirit of full disclosure my comments are...

    In the spirit of full disclosure my comments are based on basic gear making machines. Ask me about advanced stitching and I sing a different tune.
    Most of my concerns about the big box...
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    This is correct. My caution about metal gears is...

    This is correct. My caution about metal gears is based solely on vintage machines where the nylon gears are reaching a point in life where failure is imminent. Modern gears, at least in high end...
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    I learned on a knee bar and really liked it. I...

    I learned on a knee bar and really liked it. I think I get better speed control because the throw is longer. Trying to manage a fine speed control with a foot pedal can be very frustrating for some...
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    IMO unless you are planning to sew commercially...

    IMO unless you are planning to sew commercially and all day all week all year an industrial is overkill. I agree that a new big box machine won't cut it. But a vintage machine with all metal...
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    Please don't get this wrong... one foot works. ...

    Please don't get this wrong... one foot works. The reason most people use a two foot technique is for smooth and consistent operation. One foot forward and one foot back gives you a steady and...
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    I can't tell for sure from the picture but it...

    I can't tell for sure from the picture but it looks to me like a threading guide may be missing. There appear to be two holes above the tension assembly to guide the thread across the machine and...
  45. It should be safe for a limited amount of use. ...

    It should be safe for a limited amount of use. But I wouldn't venture too far or too high until you get it fixed. As far as ripping the seams out and resewing, don't fret that. As long as you...
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    Be somewhat careful with laundromats. Around...

    Be somewhat careful with laundromats. Around here at least many of them forbid doing down washing or drying because of a concern about bursting and clogging filters and drains. I've done it but not...
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    I'm a DIY advocate so don't take this as a vote...

    I'm a DIY advocate so don't take this as a vote against making your own. But make sure you understand the processes and needs before you get too involved in chasing your tail. If you would not want...
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    Point of information.... You'll want to have the...

    Point of information.... You'll want to have the selvage on the sides if you are going to do this. The binding tape does not provide the structural integrity of a rolled hem. If you have a raw edge...
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    For an extra line of stitches I would fell the...

    For an extra line of stitches I would fell the seam. That changes the whole dynamic of the stresses. The french seam is intended for hiding the raw edges in low or no stretch applications. For a...
  50. Ripstop was developed for clothing, sleeping bags...

    Ripstop was developed for clothing, sleeping bags and other minimum stress applications. It works as described for briar pricks and such but under hammock loads it is virtually meaningless. I can...
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