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Sewing Machine & Serger Term Clarifications

750 Singer Has What Type of Shank?? 
What Type of Shank Do I Have? 
Standard Tension Setting for Necchi 
Manufacturer Information 
Have You Heard of This Brand....? 
What Exactly Is A Serger 
What is a Free Arm Sewing Machine?? 
Will My Serger Sew Patches? 
Vertical or Horizontal Machine? 
What Does Interlock and Overlock Mean? 
What Does ULT mean? 
Cannot Seem to Get Walking Foot On.... 
Can I Convert the Power... 
How to Insert a Bobbin? 
Can My Machine Do Quilting? 
Are These Models the Same?? 
"Thread Separator"? 
Which Way Does the Needle Go?? 
Singer 534 Bobbin Tension Question 
Filling the Bobbin on a Singer 600E 
Winding the Bobbin on my Brother LS2125 
What Does "Step Motor Error" Mean?? 
Singer Threading Diagram 
Which Direction Should the Needle Be Facing? 
Bobbin Sizes?? 
Threading the Bobbin on a Singer 629 
Singer 758 Automatic Bobbin Winder 
Sewing On Oilcloth 
Can You Clarify This? 
What Type Shank Does My Machine Have? 
What is Stabilizer? 




Question750 Singer Has What Type of Shank?? 
I have a singer 750...what type of presser feet do I need....long shank.vertical,slant???? thanks

10/2/2006
AnswerYour machine has a slant shank.

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QuestionWhat Type of Shank Do I Have? 
Hi I have a Singer 6268, could you tell me if my machine is a high, low or slant shank?

In addition, could you tell which air foot control it takes?


Thanks

8/21/2006
AnswerYour machine is slant. It takes part number 988667 air foot control on www.sewingandvac.com

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SewVac Doctor


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QuestionStandard Tension Setting for Necchi 
Can you tell me what the standard tension number for the top of machine should be on. I have had this machine a long time and loaned it out. It
isn't working right, I would like to start from ground zero with the standard tension. Help!

Thank you, JoAnn
7/25/2006
AnswerDear JoAnn,

There is no standard tension for any machine to be set at. They start at four when they are brand new, however, after years and years the springs become compressed. You could start at four and then play around with it from there. If you are getting loops underneath the material, you are threading the machine incorrectly.

Thank you,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionManufacturer Information 
Dear Doc -
If you already know this please excuse my taking your time:

The 'Lih-Tzer' factory (Taiwan) supplied many U.S. distributors in the 70's: Nelco, City Sewing Machine Company (Kansas), Morse Electro Products (Texas) with the same/similar/comparable models. The 'International Mail Order Company (Oklahoma) sold the 'Dressmaker' model - sometimes seen as the 'Goodhousekeeper' model.

We really enjoy your site - - - Steve & Melody

7/25/2006
AnswerDear Steve and Melody,

I did not know that. Thank you very much for the information. I will keep it in the archives for future reference.

Thank you,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionHave You Heard of This Brand....? 
I have a Visetta sewing machine. No one seems to know who makes it. Do you?

God grant that I not judge my neighbor,
lest I've walked a mile in his moccasins.
7/21/2006
AnswerVisetti was an Italian sewing machine company that manufactured sewing machines for several companies for a short period of time.

Thank you,
SewVac Doctor

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QuestionWhat Exactly Is A Serger 
Hello,
Thank you for your informative web site. I am hoping you can help me. I am fairly new to sewing, and received a beautiful Brother CS 100 for a gift. As I am in the process of trying new projects, one I am trying is pajamas. I understand a serger would be quite helpful. Is that a part that I could attach to my machine? Or, is it a separate machine? Could you please point me in the right direction?

Thank you for your help.

Christine
Novice Seamstress!

7/20/2006
AnswerDear Christine,

A dedicated serger is a separate machine. It will give you the best quality serging stitch. There are also attachments that you could buy that replicates the serging stitch at a lesser quality.

Thank you,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionWhat is a Free Arm Sewing Machine?? 
Can you please explain to me what a free arm sewing machine is?

Becky S

7/12/2006
AnswerDear Becky,

It is when you have a removable or drop down plate on the bed of the machine to allow you to sew pant legs, cuffs, etc.

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SewVac Doctor


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QuestionWill My Serger Sew Patches? 
Hi-
I have used a serger in the past to finish seams, etc. I would like to know if a serger works for sewing on patches on jeans or is using a sewing machine my only option.

Please advise!

Thanks-
Bethany
6/29/2006
AnswerDear Bethany,

A serger will not do patches on jeans.

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SewVac Doctor


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QuestionVertical or Horizontal Machine? 
I have a Kenmore model # 385.17026590.How do I know if it is a vertical or horizontal machine?
3/28/2006
AnswerI apologize, but I do not understand the question- is what horizontal or vertical? If you are referring to the needle shaft, it is either short shank or super high shank or high shank, but I would have to see either one of your presser feet or your machine to be able to determine that.

Thank you,
SewVac Doctor

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QuestionWhat Does Interlock and Overlock Mean? 
Hi,

Would you be kind enough to explain the meaning
of the terms 'interlock' and 'overlock' referring to
a sewing machine?

THank you!

George
3/7/2006
AnswerDear George,

Interlocking means that the threads interlock with one another. Overlocking is the name of a sewing stitch. It locks the threads over the edge of the material.

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SewVac Doctor


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QuestionWhat Does ULT mean? 
I noticed on many Brother embroidery cards they are designated for "ULT Series" only. What does this mean?

3/7/2006
AnswerIt means they will only work on the Brother ULT machines.

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SewVac Doctor


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QuestionCannot Seem to Get Walking Foot On.... 
I have a kenmore sewing machine 385 and bought a walking foot. I can not get it on. Do I need to take the needle plate off.
2/21/2006
AnswerIt is not necessary to take the needle plate off- are you sure that you have the correct walking foot for your machine?

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SewVac Doctor

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QuestionCan I Convert the Power... 
I have a singer futura 4000n from America and now living in Australia. Didn't what to sell sewing machine, is there anyway I can convert the power without Changing the motor as I like my machine and do not want a new one. Thank you Jane
2/2/2006
AnswerSorry, there is no way to convert that.

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SewVac Doctor

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QuestionHow to Insert a Bobbin? 
I INHERITED A SINGER SEWING MACHINE 248, FROM MY SISTER WHO WAS 87 YEARS OF AGE. (I AM 72)IT WAS WORKING PERFECTLY, BUT I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO INSERT THE BOBBIN WHEN THE THREAD FINISHED.PLEASE HELP ME

I LOOKED UP TOP DROP IN MACHINES FROM SINGERS, BUT THE SKETCH FOR INSERTING BOBBIN FOR TOP DROP IN MACHINES LOOKS DIFFERENT FROM MY MACHINE
, I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR ANY HELP THAT CAN BE PROVIDED
PLEASE HELP ME
MONA
AnswerDear Mona,

Place a full bobbin on the table, the thread should come off of the bobbin in a clockwise manner. Inspect your bobbin case. You will see in the front of the machine there is a slot and if you look to the left of that slot there is a groove. Drop the bobbin in the bobbin case and pull the bobbin thread from right to left into the slot until you reach the groove. Lay the thread accross the bobbin. Good luck!

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor

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QuestionCan My Machine Do Quilting? 
Hi!
I have a Singer 6233. Can this machine do quilting? Is there a way to drop the feed dogs? Is there a walking foot for this machine?
Thanks,
Mary
Mary
AnswerDear Mary,

Yes, your machine does do quilting. There is no way to drop the feed dogs, however, you could use a feed cover plate which serves the same purpose. It should be listed in your manual under accessories. I have it available at www.sewingandvac.com as part number 313117 for $11.95. The walking foot is also available as part number P60448 for $32.00.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionAre These Models the Same?? 
My sewing machine is a Singer Touch & Sew, Model 600. 1963. Is the Model 600 Deluxe Zigzag the same model?
I am trying to find an origianl manual. Any suggestions?

Cindy
AnswerYes, they are one in the same.

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SewVac Doctor

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Question"Thread Separator"? 
In my Aug. 29,2005 letter relative to an Athena 2000 and the removal of the left end of the housing to allow access to the tension separator and the tension discs, I called it "a thread separator ". There is one screw to be removed but there appears to be some other fasterner that is not obvious.

Thanks for your help.
William
AnswerThere is screw near the needle bar on the inside of the head. That is a flat head screw. Then there is a very small hex set screw (if you look at the machine from the back, there is a small hole in the upper right hand corner of the machine) which needs to be loosened to remove the door.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionWhich Way Does the Needle Go?? 
I have a JC Penny sewing machine that is a sanshin product. It is from the 70's I think. I cannot find any information on it. I have no manual. The serial # is H26016. It is in a sewing cabinet. It is a side loader and has JC Penny on the front and also super deluxe. I need help with what way the needle goes. I also have other questions but the manual would help. Any ideas?
AnswerThe flat side of the needle goes to the right of the machine.

If you send me a picture of the machine, I may be able to locate you a manual.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor

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QuestionSinger 534 Bobbin Tension Question 
Can you tell me how to tighten the bobbin tension on my Singer 534 Stylist. It has a horizon bobbin case and only the bobbin comes out. There is no tension at all on that thread.

Thank you
Charlotte

AnswerDear Charlotte,

If you getting loops on the bottom of your material, you need to re-thread the top of your machine. I say this because it is very rare when you will have to adjust the bobbin tension. But if you must, looking straight down at the bobbin as a clock- at 6:00 is the bobbin tension adjustment- lefty lucy, righty tighty. Hope this helps.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor

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QuestionFilling the Bobbin on a Singer 600E 
I have a Singer Touch and Sew Model 600E. I have forgotten how to fill the bobbin and the instruction manual has been lost for years. I have opened up the bobbin cover. Put the thread around the bobbin and tried to fill it. I can't stop the foot feed from going up and down. There is a bar lever and a white button. I have tried filling with the button pushed down or up and it doesn't seem to make any difference.....Judie
AnswerDear Judie,

Thread the machine as if you are starting to sew- presser foot in the up position, take the thread from the needle, wrap it around the screw that holds the presser foot onto the machine, open the bobbin case slide door, insert a fresh bobbin, and on the left hand side of the bobbin case there is a button with a bulls eye and/or an arrow, push that button to the right. Begin to start the machine. After about five seconds of running the machine, stop, unwrap the thread from the screw, and remove it from the machine and continue to run the machine. You will note that the bobbin is winding. When you have wound enough thread onto the bobbin, stop the machine, shut the bobbin case slide door, and begin to sew.

I do suggest that you have an instruction manual for just such purposes. There are many other "quirks" that can be explained through the manual. We have these available at www.sewingandvac.com for $16.95.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionWinding the Bobbin on my Brother LS2125 
I just bought a new Brother LS 2125 and I don't know how to do wind the bobbin with thread. Betty

AnswerDear Betty,

You will need your manual for this because a description may just confuse you, but I'll try.

Start with a spool of thread on your spool pin. Draw it to the right of the machine to a round-shaped guide. This is your bobbin winding spring mechanism. Wrap it around this round-shaped spring (it does not look like a spring, however, it looks like a metal cup). Go underneath this metal cup front to back and draw it back to the bobbin winding pin. Thread your bobbin inside out, place it on the spindle, push the entire bobbin on the spindle to the right, release the clutch, and begin to wind your bobbin, holding onto the thread that is sticking out of the top of the bobbin. While you are winding, this thread should break off in your hand. Then push the bobbin to the left, take it off of the spindle, re-engage your clutch, thread the bobbin case and the top of the machine and you are ready to sew.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionWhat Does "Step Motor Error" Mean?? 
I have a model l915 Kenmore machine. While rewinding the bobbin I got a message "step motor error" and it would do nothing else. Sears says it is the "control board" and wants $473.00 to fix it. Is it something my husband could replace if I bought the part or is that even the problem. The machine probably has not been used over 30 hours.

Little Rock
AnswerDear Little Rock,

Unfortunately, that indicating that your stepper motor board is no good. I would not even suggest getting that machine, rather buy a new one. I also would not suggest having you purchase the board and having your husband replace it. Sorry.

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SewVac Doctor

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QuestionSinger Threading Diagram 
Will you please explain or show a diagram how i may thread the
bobbin on a Singer Sewing Machine, model 401-A. (I purchased at a yard sale, no manual)........

Thanks for info.

AnswerTake the thread from the spool in the lower right front corner of your machine, take the thread from the spool to the spring, to the bobbin. Engage the bobbin. Before winding the bobbin, hold onto the outer wheel on the right hand side of your machine with one hand while loosening the silver wheel with your other hand. This stops the needle from going up and down. Run the machine and the bobbin should wind. After the bobbin is wound, be sure to engage the inner silver wheel by turning it away from you.

If you would like the manual for your machine, we have them available at www.sewingandvac.com.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor

RE:

THANK YOU FOR DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO THREAD BOBBIN. I WENT TO THE WEBSITE ABOUT ORDERING THE
MANUAL FOR THIS SEWING MACHINE (SEE SUBJECT) BUT
DO NOT FIND IT...............WILL YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE COST AND HOW TO ORDER THE MANUAL. WHEN I WENT TO THE WEBSITE, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO CLICK ON FOR INFORMATION OR ORDERING..............

(do you know how old this machine is?).....

THANK YOU FOR BEING SO KIND AND HELPFUL.


RE:

Thank you for your interest in ordering the manual for your machine from our website. The link to order your manual is:

http://sewingandvac.com/resultspart.asp?keywrd=sr-401&pagesize=25

The manual is $16.95 + $6.95 shipping and is available through the above posted link to our website.

Your machine was manufactured in the mid to late 1950's.

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SewVac Doctor



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QuestionWhich Direction Should the Needle Be Facing? 
I just dug out the singer 533 it seems to be in working condition other than needs to be cleaned and maybe sew a little with some emory cord heheh .. could you tell me please which direction the needle should be facing on this machine and also I'm not sure about the direction of the threading process ,,,
thanks
Jeff

AnswerDear Jeff,

As a rule of thumb, the flat side of the needle always goes towards the opposite side of the last thread guide. So on your machine, since the last thread guide is in the front of the needle bar, the flat side of your needle goes toward the rear. The needle threads front to back. There is a good threading diagram in your manual. If you no longer have yours, we do have them at www.sewingandvac.com for $16.95.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor



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QuestionBobbin Sizes?? 
I work in a fabric store and we carry bobbins for Singer machines and generic bobbins. I have noticed that we carry numbers 15 and 66. Can you tell my what these two numbers mean? Are bobbins universal (for various machines)? I know I have problem using the clear plastic ones on my Singer machine unless I kinda pound it down on the bobbin winder in order for it to spin the thread. Thank you. Wanda
AnswerDear Wanda,

66 class bobbins get their name from an old Singer machine that was made in 1920 through WWII. It was the first machine that allowed you to drop the bobbin in on the right side of the machine instead of putting it into a big metal casing.

The 15 class bobbin is the bobbin that was used when you use a metal casing that went into the side of the machine.

For most years, the 66 class bobbin was the standard bobbin that Singer used on all drop in machines. This has changed within the last two years, so some of the newer Singer models do use the larger 15 class bobbins (only in plastic).

The package of bobbins should give you the model number of most machines that it takes. Hope this helps.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor



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QuestionThreading the Bobbin on a Singer 629 
singer touch and sew deluxe model 629 serial number 398645 i can not figure out how to thread the bobbin
AnswerDear JHButterfly1,

Make sure that you have a new bobbin in the bobbin case, then, make sure that the machine is completely threaded, the presser foot is in the up position. Move the thread underneath the presser foot and twice around the thumb screw and hold on to the thread. You will then open up the slide plate that holds the bobbin and you will see a bullseye or engaging lever for the bobbin case. This may also be on the bed of the machine in the front to the right side on older versions of the 629. Make sure that you push it down until it clicks into position, then start the machine running. The thread will break away from the bobbin case, pull away the thread that you are holding in your hand, and wind the bobbin as much as you wish. When you are done, you will either have to push the slide plate forward to disengage the bobbin winder, or if on the bed of the machine, move it to the center so that it releases. Hope this helps.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionSinger 758 Automatic Bobbin Winder 
my nieghber has a singer zig zag 758 and does not know how to use the automatic bobbin winder. could you please tell us how to use it.

thank

cindy
AnswerDear Cindy,

Thread the machine as if you were going to sew, put the presser foot in the up position, take the tread underneath the foot and wrap it around the screw that holds the foot on, open the bobbin door/plate, insert a fresh bobbin, in the lower left hand corner of the bobbin area there is a button that looks like a club foot- press it to the left. Start the machine up, run the machine for about 4-5 seconds, stop the machne, unwrap the thread from the screw, pull the thread out of the machine, and continue to wind. The first white line on the bobbin is two yards of thread, and so on. When you have enough thread on the bobbin, shut the bobbin door/plate and check to make sure that the club foot button has been disengaged, if it has not then disengage it, then begin to sew. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, let me know.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor



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QuestionSewing On Oilcloth 
I need advice! I have a Singer 2638 machine, and am trying to sew on oilcloth. It will not move through, it keeps sticking. I have tried several things to help it move, such as, soap on the needle plate, sewing thru tissue paper, and stitch witchery. Nothing is working. I have read to use a teflon needle plate and pressure foot. Well, according to Singer, none for my machine. Do you have any suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated. You have a wonderful website, I have resolved several problems thanks to your knowledge.
Thank You
Shannon Romero

AnswerDear Shannon,

I would try purchasing an even feed foot for your Singer machine. This will help pull the top and bottom layers evenly. If the material is sticking to the bottom plate and still will not feed, using tissue paper would be my answer. This material may be too much for your sewing machine and you may need to have it done on an industrial walking foot machine or buy yourself a portable upholstery machine. I hope this helps.

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SewVac Doctor


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QuestionCan You Clarify This? 
I have a Rex 11-155W that I purchased in 1978. The machine has been very good for me. My question is, I would like to know what parts are compatible with this machine? The listing of parts for this machine is very limited. It usually comes down to them having inventory of bobbin cases and feet for this machine. A Japanese fellow once told me it is the same as a Nakajima 280L, can you confirm that? When repairing some of my Consews at work, the 206RB-1 seems to have parts that look a bit like it? I'd appreciate any history you may have, it is in perfect shape except for some of the wearable parts. I need to replace the thread take up spring, the bobbin tension spring and some thread guides.

Thank you
Tim
AnswerDear Tim,

It is very possible that your machine was produced by the Nakajima Co. The Nakajima Co. was sold to Juki Inc. and it could be that your machine is the same as the Juki LU562. I would need more information in order to verify this and get you the parts that you need. A picture of the machine would help the best. Feel free to conact me with any questions that you have at
1-800-544-5858.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionWhat Type Shank Does My Machine Have? 
I have a singer 600e...what type of presser feet do I need....long shank.vertical,slant???? thanks


Felbert
AnswerDear Felbert,

Your machine has a slant shank.

Thank You,
SewVac Doctor


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QuestionWhat is Stabilizer? 
Thank you for getting back to me...by stabilizer, you mean paper?

AnswerThings like paper and paper towels will work, however, there is a material called stabilizer that is available at most sewing stores as well as ours, that will work much better than paper or paper towels. The part number for the stabilizer that we sell on our website is- part # 141000543. It is $13.99 + shipping. Let me know if I could be of any other assistance.

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SewVac Doctor



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