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The Sewing Room

This is the Singer Futura XL 400

This is the one I use the most these days. For embroidery and sewing. I love the adjustable speed control and the bobbin winder, no need to disengage the embroidery unit to wind a bobbin, although its always a good idea to have all your bobbins filled before you start embroidery 🙂

Singer Futura CE 200.

This one is my Singer Futura CE 200. Good embroidery/sewing machine, bought it back in 2005. It was a little glitchy at first but I persevered. I believe they made the improvements in the Futura CE 250 but I haven’t seen that one in action. I invested in the Hyperfont program which turns any True Type font on your PC into embroidery.

My old faithful .. the Singer 6251. it has been going since 1988… self winding bobbin…multi stitches. Just a great all around machine.

This one is a Vintage Piedmont sewing machine. It was a fabulous find. I don’t know the year of the model, it still works but I use it as a nice display piece.

This is a great little rack to have handy near the embroidery machines. I have more thread then this rack can hold. …back to the wood shop!!

This is the XL 400 stitching away on a design on a flannel quilt block.

XL 400 working on the Celtic Designs ( Claddagh)

Table Top Ironing Pad

This great idea I saw online was so easy to make. I used a 18″X24″  1/2″ piece of plywood and covered with 1 piece of heat resistant batting and 1 piece of regular batting. I cut the fabric 3 – 4″ larger all around. holding everything in place I turned it over and using a small manual stapler I stapled the fabric in place.  Its very handy when you want to press those small projects and don’t want to get the big ironing board out.

Cute fabric I found to make a valance for the sewing room and had enough for the ironing board cover.

New Ironing Board Cover. Picture of the valance will be a while, sewing room is in renovation mode 🙂

Update: October 14, 2015

Hello and welcome back to the “sewing room”    Its been a long time since I’ve done any sewing projects or been officially in the sewing room. But as I say..Everything happens for a reason. I’ve been trying to nudge myself in this direction for a few weeks, there is so much to do in the moving processes and I think we are pretty much settled in and what is getting painted is done..for now 😉  although I see things I want to move or change lol but that’s me 🙂  .

I would like to thank Julia for her question about the Singer 6251, which got me back here 🙂  I have been cleaning up the machines one by one and I have to admit the old 6251 was still in the closet in need of some airing out . It’s in its new home and I had to actually revise my memory on how I had to thread the bobbin . So Julia I hope I can make my instructions clear and I do apologize for taking so long with my response. so lets get started 🙂 . After getting the thread spool in place the first notch on the  Singer 6251 is this one, it normally takes two hands and just a little force to place the thread in this notch. its not tight at all , the thread should slide though this space freely.

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Then follow the arrows down and around and thread tension. The great thing about this machine is it practiclly threads its self..but give the thread a little tension to make sure its all in its place . You should end up at the needle.

 

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Before I go any further, does your bobbin look like the one in the pic below? This is a self winding bobbin. The centre protrudes out of the top of the bobbin and has a spring.

 

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Next place your bobbin the the bobbin case and close the plate until it snaps in place like the pic below. The red rectangle button on the left of the plate should be completely raised and there is another notch ( for lack of better terminology ) lol on the under side of the plate that will hold the self winding bobbin in place, make sure those two connect or your bobbin wont wind properly.

 

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If everything is in it’s place , it’s time to thread your needle. Missing from this pic is the handy little needle threader that I had forgotten about and with my eye sight it would have made this step a lot easier 😦 ..oh well , I got it done . Run the thread under the pressure foot as if you are about to start sewing but leave the pressure foot in the raised position. Bring the thread up and around the back of the screw that holds the pressure foot in place so that you are now holding the thread in front and slightly off to the side . This is so you wont hit your fingers when the machine starts. As you can see in the pick there is a rubber washer on this screw, this is to help hold the thread in place while winding the bobbin. Now you’re ready, I start off slowly to make sure the thread catches in the bobbin , this you should be able to hear with a “click”now with  a slow pressure on the foot peddle wind your bobbin, the more you do this the more confident you will get in going a little faster. You see the thread winding on the bobbin, through the window on the plate you can pick up speed. The thread usually twists as the bobbin is winding and breaks itself at the centre of the bobbin where it has connected with the notch under the plate. Once your bobbin is wound to your satisfaction( whether you want a full bobbin or half full )

 

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Depress the red rectangle button and slide the plate closed.

 

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I’ve left my plate open to show you that the thread on the bobbin :). Which ever tool you use at this point. I use my small scissors to catch the thread going between the needle and bobbin and give a little strain on it to pull the thread out far enough to cut it and give yourself a good amount of thread to start.

 

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When you have a bobbin that is already full. Load it in the bobbin case and guide the thread under notch 1 and 2. Using the hand wheel to bring the threaded needle down to catch the thread up as usual 🙂

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I hope this has helped. It has really inspired me to get all my old machines in working order. A couple of them need it. The 6251 needs some TLC. there is a squeak inside so I would say oil or grease or maybe someone more  skilled than myself !

Since our move back to Nova Scotia we went to a community yard sale where I found these two machines !  The first one is a 1948 portable model Singer in great condition and the other I believe is a 1960’s Brother . Unfortunately the motor is not working on this one but they are usually an easy find 🙂

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If there is any bit of information I have left out please let me know .

Thank you so much for dropping by and its nice to be settle in the sewing room once again. I have such a long list of things to do and I can’t wait to get caught up with what has been going on and see what I’ve miss..

Have a great day and happy sewing 🙂

Izz

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August 9, 2012 · 5:03 PM