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Sewing Machine Repair Tips: Brother VX 1100

Sewing Machine Repair Tips: Brother VX 1100 One of the sewing machine repair and maintenance basics is to clean your machine often so as not to accumulate dirt that can cause problems. In case of a brother sewing machine like Brother VX 1100, the sliding parts of the shuttle race should be cleaned regularly to avoid lint from accumulating. Sewing machine repair tip 1: Remove the shuttle hook 1. First, raise the needle to its highest position and open the shuttle cover. 2. Take out the bobbin case. 3. Push the latch levers outside and remove retaining rings. 4. After this, you can remove the hook by holding the center post of the hook. 5. Make sure that you keep the needle to its highest position as the shuttle hook cannot be removed once the needle is lowered. Clean the shuttle race 1.This time you can already remove the dirt and accumulated lint and thread from the retaining ring, driver, the race body and the hook using a brush. 2. Always use a machine oil to wipe the shuttle race clean. 3. Clean the shuttle hook also with a dampened cloth with machine oil. 4. After cleaning, you can now reassemble the shuttle race. How to clean the feed dog 1. Using a coin to unscrew, remove the needle plate. 2. Clean the upper part of the shuttle race body and the feed dog with a brush This article is for learning purposes. You should always refer to your machine manual for basic troubleshooting. Other useful references to sewing machine repair tips   Fix A Sewing Machine – Home_Fix A Sewing Machine | Keep Simple shirleystreet.com11/11/12 Become a sewing machine repair expert with our extensive Sewing Machine Repair Tech Courses. All in the comfort of your own home. In just a few moments you can be enjoying the thrills of sewing machine repair. Service your sewing machine yourself | Go Gingham | Stylishly … gogingham.com7/25/12 Fix your own sewing machine and save lots of money. Biggest tip? Oil your machine regularly. Use sewing machine oil and don’t spill it. Repair Sewing Machine – Brother Sewing Machine Fix … www.mujeresindigenas.net10/2/12 Repair Sewing Machine – Brother Sewing Machine Fix. Posted by admin. Oct 02 2012. There are a good deal of sewing machine brands that a single could pick from. A single of individuals brand names is Brother sewing …

Sewing machine repair and maintenance

Sewing machines, when cared properly can last for a long time. That is why understanding sewing machine repair and maintenance can save you from hassle and save bucks! Sewing machine repair and maintenance Here are some of the basic things you should know about sewing machine repair and maintenance: Take time to browse your user’s manual. This will save you from unnecessary hassles and expenses. Most of the time, sewing machine problem only happens because of lack of oil and cleaning. Sewing Machine Repair and Protection and Cleaning Having your sewing machine covered with a piece of cloth can do a lot. It ensures that the machine is safe from lint, dust and other particles that can enter the machine and cause it to rust. This is especially important for computerized sewing machines. In this type, you are trying to keep the sensitive circuit boards away from physical and weather hazards. Compressed Air Use the user’s manual before using compressed cannned air to avoid blowing unnecessary dirt or lint into different areas of the machine’s mechanism. If the manual approves this cleaning method, you can use it to clean the small areas your brush can’t get into.   Replacing Light Bulbs and Broken Needles Make sure you have the bulb’s model number and that the sewing machine is switched to the “off” position prior to changing the bulb. Additionally, bent or broken sewing needles must be replaced immediately. You can do this by raising the needle bar to its highest position and loosening up the needle clamp screw, you can slide the needle as far as it can go and tighten the clamp. You can test the new needle by stitching onto a piece of scrap fabric.

Professional Sewing Machine Tools Part 2

Sewing Tools: Professional Sewing Machine Tools   Sewing Machine Needles There are sewing needles that are specifically designed for a particular fabric, thread and stitches. When you use the right type of needle, you are also spared from skipped stitches, shredding and looping threads.   Point Turner A point turner is a hand-held, pointed plastic tool designed to poke into tight corners. For crisp, sharp corners and points, use this tool to push out the corners of collars and cuffs before pressing. The opposite end is flat or rounded; use it to hold open seam allowances while pressing, so you don’t burn your fingers.       Basting Tape Basting tape saves you the hassle of hand basting using thread and needle.  Basting tape holds zipper, bias tapes and trims in place while stitching.         Pressing Tools   Tailor’s Ham Resembling a ham, this pressing tool is used as a base or a mold when pressing curved or shaped seams.       Needle Board A flat, flexible board with a bed of short needles placed very close together, a velvet board or needle board is used for pressing napped fabrics, such as velvet and corduroy, without crushing the fabric’s pile.   Go to Professional Sewing Machine Tools Part 1

Professional Sewing Machine Tools Part 1

Fine tuning using professional sewing machine tools Sewing tools are very important part of the sewing process. Although some sewing projects can be completed even without the sewing tools that we will discuss, as you enhance your skills and improve your projects, you will be needing these to make the sewing process simpler and better. You can sew and fine tune your projects with the use of the following sewing tools: Cutting Tools Needlework Scissors and Snips Small, 3″- to 5″- long needlework scissors or snips are very useful for clipping close to the stitching line or trimming intricate areas of a project.  You will need this too whenever your large bent-handled shears can’t reach some parts of your project. Snips have spring-loaded handles. Keep a pair alongside the sewing machine, at-the-ready to cut stray threads. Rotary Cutter Rotary cutters are ideal for straight cuts in one or more fabric layers. When choosing a rotary cutter, look for a handle that is comfortable. If possible choose blades than can be replaced easily. Rotary mats and rulers are made specifically for rotary-blade cutting, and the materials don’t dull rotary blades as other products might.   Altering and measuring tools French curve or fashion ruler French curves have a variety of curves to mimic the body’s curves and are used when altering patterns. This is often useful when doing  length adjustment, but especially when changing the style of a garment. Grid Board A grid board when placed under the fabric and pattern helps you align the fabric grain while pinning and cutting. A  padded grid board on the other hand, allows you to pin into it when stretching or blocking fabric. There are those types that have ironing surfaces that are helpful for  fusing large fabric sections.   Marking Tools Fabric Marking Pens The disappearing ink allows you to mark most projects at the exact location needed—even on the fabric right side— without fear of staining or discoloration.   Professional Sewing Machine Tools 2… Basic Sewing Tools…..

Sewing Machine Basics: Sewing Tools

Sewing Machine Basics: Sewing Tools Even if you have the most expensive sewing machine without the basic sewing tools, you may find it difficult to finish your project. Our list is basic so personalize it for your needs. Basic Sewing Tools Pins When choosing your pins, look for smooth, sharp and rustproof pins that can bend without breaking. Most often, these range in lengths from 1/2″ to 1 7/8″.  Use different types for general sewing, quilting, working with silks or knits. Pincushion Pincushion, of course, keep you safe from pins.  The most known is the red tomato with an emery-filled strawberry, which sharpens and cleans pins and needles; a rectangular, wristband pincushion mounted on a plastic wristband that is perfect for pin-fitting and marking hems; and magnetic “grabber” types that make for easy plop-and-drop pin catching. Needles There are many types of needles, and there are separate guidelines that give in-depth information on how to choose the correct one for your sewing project. For the most basic machine-sewing project, choose a universal or ball-point needle for knit fabrics, and a “sharp” for woven fabrics. Choose the size of the needle based on the weight of the fabric. For lightweight fabrics, choose a finer needle (lower numbers); for heavyweight fabrics, choose a thicker needle (larger numbers). Tape Measure Flexible fiberglass or fabric measuring tape that is ideal for taking body measurements, measuring patterns and layouts as well as general measuring. Fabric type measuring tapes tend to stretch after prolonged use.

How to Buy a Sewing Machine

Whether you are upgrading your sewing machine, or it is your first time to buy, surely you have set your standards on what kind of sewing machine you want. If you have not yet done so, here is how to buy your sewing machine. Buying a Sewing Machine Determine your sewing needs. What specific fabric are you often going to sew? Do you sew only medium-weight fabrics, or going for an upholstery and outdoor gear. Are you planning to do machine embroidery or quilting? What is your budget for a new sewing machine? Ask sewing friends about their machines. It is better you ask friends who already own a sewing machine. They have the experience and preferences on how to make a good buy. Test Run. It is recommended to do a test run when looking for a sewing machine. This way, you know how it works. Does it work smoothly, or have some noises? Sew different stitches and use different fabrics. Needle Nuances. Many machines allow for adjusting needle positions from left to right. This helps create an accurate seamline and is helpful for top stitching and zipper insertion as well. Many also allow you to stop the needle consistently up or down if you choose. Foot Notes. Check how many feet come with the machine. You’ll need an all-purpose foot (often called a zigzag foot), and one for blindhemming, buttonholes and zipper insertion. Thread Tactics. Try sewing on the machine with some novelty threads and see how it performs. Weighty Matters. How much does the machine weigh? Do you have a place to leave the machine set up all the time, or will it need to come down after each sewing session? Speed Settings. Check the machine still retains its full power at the slower speeds. Special Functions. Does it have special functions like having  a memory or adjust the presser foot pressure, or will allow for adjustments only in pre-set increments. Warranty. What type of warranty does the machine have? Trade up policy or financing.  If you require financing, are there plans available from the dealer? What are the terms compared to what you can find elsewhere? The pointers mentioned above are only some suggestions on how to make a good buy. The rule of the thumb is, find a sewing machine that will address your sewing needs at a reasonable price.

What is a Bobbin Thread?

What is Bobbin Thread? A bobbin thread is not the thread that is often used in a bobbin. Most often, the thread used in the upper threading and the bobbin of a sewing machine is the same. A bobbin thread is a very lightweight thread. This type of thread is the thread used for machine embroidery or basting. It allows the back of the applique or the design to be less dense than the front design. It works best and helpful when you are embroidering a light weight fabric.  This prevents the dense embroidery to be more dense and rigid than the fabric and keeps it more pliable than it would be with regular thread in the bobbin. When used for machine basting, in many instances,  it can be left in rather than fighting to remove the basting. This thread is more delicate thread than your regular sewing thread. Since bobbin thread is a thinner thread, it will not be as over powering as regular weight sewing thread. A machine blind stitch sewn with bobbin thread on shear fabric can be much more invisible than if it is sewn with regular thread. Definition of Terms Bobbin. A bobbin is a spindle or cylinder, with or without flanges, on which yarn,or thread is wound. As used in spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, or lacemaking, the bobbin provides temporary or permanent storage for yarn and may be made of plastic, metal, bone or wood.     Read more about SEWING MACHINE REPAIR.