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 2)

In Part 1 of our needle threader examination we talked about how needle threaders work, as well as some tips and tricks to help you use your needle threader more successfully. Today we are going to talk about a super common problem we didn’t cover in Part 1: the tiny wire hook at the epicenter…

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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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The Concept of MAP

The Concept of MAP Have you ever been researching sewing machines online and noticed that all dealerships have the machines priced the same? Have you ever wondered why this is? It is because of something called MAP. MAP stands for Minimum Advertised Price.   Many sewing machine manufacturers and distributors (Brother, Baby Lock, Bernina, etc.) designate a MAP to each…

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Supply Chain Issues During the Pandemic

Supply Chain Difficulties I am sure you all have heard about the widespread supply chain issues currently affecting the nation. The Sewing Machine Shop is no exception. This email will serve as a public service announcement to explain exactly what is going on from our position. The three biggest issues we currently face are back…

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Advice on Buying a New Sewing Machine (Fact or Fiction)

Working at The Sewing Machine Shop everyday, I keep my ear to the ground. I hear a lot of things, and lately I have noticed a handful of different ideas about sewing machines floating in the ether. Different people professing that same ideas. Some of these ideas are factual, some are fiction. Today I want…

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Advice on Buying a New Serger (Fact or Fiction)

“I am too old to learn a new sewing machine.” Fiction. Sewing machines have changed a lot over the years on the peripherals, but their core essence has stayed the same. The stitch is still made between the upper thread and bobbin. it still remains the case that the motor drives the belt, the belt…

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