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    Recommended ' mechanical auto thread injecter' and settings info

    OK so its been close to 40 years since I had shop/home econ where I learned to use a sewing machine. I am interested in making my own tarp, UQ and OQ as time allows. My question is are there any recommended models of machine to buy for the job? How about brands or models to stay away from? Secondly what setting or type of stitches are best for the job. If there are old threads that discuss this I apologize in advance for rehashing the topic, but I did not find any with a search. Thanks.

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    Here's a few threads to sort through to get a few ideas....https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...sewing+machine

    A standard straight stitch is all you need for making gear. A zig zag stitch is useful for making bar tacks but is not at all necessary. The other bazillion stitches are mostly useless for our purposes.

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    Thanks for giving me some direction!

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    I have Singer sewing machine. The model is from the 60s or 70s. The case is metal, not plastic and it is mounted in a wooden cabinet. I bought it from an elderly woman who was moving into a retirement home. It was well used, but well cared for. She had recently had it serviced, oiled etc...

    My suggestion is to look for a good condition model from the decades inthe last century which were built to last. Mine was a good deal, actually cheaper than a moderately priced nnew machine with plastic parts.

    I love my sewing machine, and I sew.
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    I have a thread in my sig about looking for used machines. Others say it has been helpful. Ask around the women "of a certain age" in your circle of influence. I would be very surprised if there was not a machine in a closet, basement or attic you could pick up for half a song. Understand I draw a distinction between gear making and sewing. Gearmaking is a subset of the larger art that is sewing. For gear making all you need really is a straight stitch. You don't even absolutely require a reverse backstitch. There are work arounds. Zig zag can be useful but is not required. IMO for normal DIY gear making brand name is the last thing you need to be concerned about. What you want is a good well maintained machine you can get serviced locally and find parts for.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Forgive me, I don't know what you mean by 'sig'. Do you have a link to the thread? I am new around here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHiker View Post
    Forgive me, I don't know what you mean by 'sig'. Do you have a link to the thread? I am new around here...
    He was referring to his signature line at the bottom of his post. There are three links there.

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    Thank you gmcttr!

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