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    Quote Originally Posted by skyclad View Post
    What is the masculine counterpart of a seamstress . . . seamster?

    I've always been partial to s-e-w-e-r but when I see it used... "sewer" I get this flushing image that I don't like. I use "stitcher" for a gender neutral term. IMO seamstress and tailor both exceed the boundaries of "gear making" as it is usually considered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyclad View Post
    Thanks to all who responded. I agree with the basic-is-best philosophy. Fewer fancy features means there's less that can go wrong, and I don't need that stuff anyways. I just purchased a Necchi BU Nora this week. It's bright green and built like a brick you know what. I'm looking forward to many projects with it.

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    What is the masculine counterpart of a seamstress . . . seamster?
    What a fantastic looking machine! I want one just because it looks cooler than my Singers basic beige!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonely Raven View Post
    What a fantastic looking machine! I want one just because it looks cooler than my Singers basic beige!
    Thanks! Very manly looking, isn't it? No seamstresses around here! They also come in black. And it's Nova, not Nora.

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    I've seen both Nova's and Nora's perhaps different models?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topplestack View Post
    I've seen both Nova's and Nora's perhaps different models?
    I think the difference is the Nora has provision for using cams to make a variety of stitches, whereas the Nova makes straight and zig-zag stitches only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyclad View Post
    I think the difference is the Nora has provision for using cams to make a variety of stitches, whereas the Nova makes straight and zig-zag stitches only.
    I just picked up a Necchi BU Mira yesterday for $20. Seems to be one heck of a machine. I'm still figuring out how to use it. But managed to make some tree straps last night.

    I'm going to oil it up tonight and see if I can get a BB clone made up. The slick material seems to want to bunch some under the foot.

    The thing sews like a champ, I have a feeling every issue I've had thus far is user error. Nothing like sewing with my moms Husqvarna Viking though. It'll do everything I need, and will likely still be making stitches when I'm in the grave.

    Fell in love with it first time I laid eyes on it. Something to be said about a machine made in 1952 that still works this smoothly. This isn't my picture, but it's the same machine. Came in a great little cabinet as well.
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    Wirerat,
    nice looking machine. I like the grey-green color.

    If you're looking at the machine from the front (not the motor side), on the left is the structure where the needle goes up and down. On top of that is a knob that adjusts the presser foot pressure. Try playing with that to see if that keeps your material from bunching up under the foot.

    good luck,
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyclad View Post
    Wirerat,
    nice looking machine. I like the grey-green color.

    If you're looking at the machine from the front (not the motor side), on the left is the structure where the needle goes up and down. On top of that is a knob that adjusts the presser foot pressure. Try playing with that to see if that keeps your material from bunching up under the foot.

    good luck,
    sky
    Thanks!

    AH HAH! So that's what that adjuster is for! I'll give it a shot!
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    Nice thread and very relevant. I am hunting an injector as well. I have been scouring the web and thrift/goodwills for cheap machines. I have limited space and an even more limited budget.

    I test drove a new Neechi 3610. Far superior to anything this beginner has ever used.

    Seamster, sounds like a teamster wannabe.

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    I've got my eyes on one of those Slant-O-Matics, finding them everywhere and all kinds of prices.

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