How to Cure Looping on Underside of Fabric

Greetings everybody, In this edition of The Sewing Machine Newsletter, I am going to talk about the “pull test,” a common cure for large looping on the underside of the fabric. When my dad first taught me how to fix machines, I did not fully comprehend the importance of the pull test. Nowadays, I consider it…

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Needles

Greetings everybody, This edition of The Sewing Machine Newsletter will attempt to serve as a simple guide for needles. Like many things in the sewing machine world, the conversation about needles can be both straightforward and extremely technical. For this article, I will try to hedge toward the simple. I hope you find it helpful. The Sewing…

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Bernina’s Fascinating Trajectory Over Time

Greetings everybody, This edition of The Sewing Machine Newsletter is Part 2 of an ongoing article series I am writing on the sewing machine landscape as it stands in 2023/2024. Part 1 of the article series focused on some of the iconic European sewing machine manufacturers of the 20th Century. Part 2 is dedicated to the only family-owned sewing machine manufacturing…

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Needle Threaders (part 1)

Threading the eye of a needle is a biblically difficult task. That’s why needle threaders are such a prominent selling point on modern machines. My favorite sewing machine manufacturers— Janome, Bernina, Baby Lock, Brother— all make machines with really nice needle threaders. Still, the saying that “it’s easier said than done” applies here. Needle threaders are the…

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Sewing Machine Bones

Ever wondered what the inside of a sewing machine looks like and how all the parts work together to produce a successful stitch? This edition of The Sewing Machine Newsletter was inspired by the “Knee Bone Connects to the Thigh Bone” children’s song and aims to offer a basic explanation of how a sewing machine works. It is by…

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Family History

This past weekend I went camping with Dan and Marty for father’s day. We got to talking around the fire one night and they told me some incredible stories about the early days of The Sewing Machine Shop. The Schoenberg family’s connection to sewing machines goes back a long time, well before the birth of…

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Metal Housing on Sewing Machines– Why it is so important

Everyone knows the story of the 3 little pigs… The first little pig built his house out of straw, and the big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house down. The second little pig built his house out of twigs, and the big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house down.…

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