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Re: to thread or to vinyl?

Pixey
 

I do wash the shirts and the no show mesh stabilizer before embroidering.  Usually I don’t have any puckers when the project is completed or even after the first few washes.  But the more it gets washed, the more the fabric around the denser detailed embroidery seems to get deformed.  These days I tend to do more appliqué style designs or use a “patch” approach when working with t-shirts.

Pixey


On Jul 29, 2021, at 11:21 AM, Roberta K via groups.io <robkon94@...> wrote:

Pixey:

Are you washing your shirt before doing the embroidery? I have noticed that if I do not wash the fabric that I will be using, I end up with puckers. I have also discovered through painful experience that no-show mesh stabilizer also shrinks when it is washed. Since then I have always washed the garment or fabric, and I actually also wash my no-show mesh stabilizer.

When I first discovered the issue with no-show mesh, I decided to experiment. I cut out some squares that were 10" x 10" and put them through the laundry as if they were being washed with a knit garment. I machine washed with cold water and tumble dried on low heat. The result was that my squares shrank to 9.5" x 9.5" on both squares!

I think that speaks for itself. If you take no-show mesh off the roll and use it, you are most likely going to end up with a puckered embroidery.

Roberta in FL


Re: to thread or to vinyl?

Roberta K
 

Pixey:

Are you washing your shirt before doing the embroidery? I have noticed that if I do not wash the fabric that I will be using, I end up with puckers. I have also discovered through painful experience that no-show mesh stabilizer also shrinks when it is washed. Since then I have always washed the garment or fabric, and I actually also wash my no-show mesh stabilizer.

When I first discovered the issue with no-show mesh, I decided to experiment. I cut out some squares that were 10" x 10" and put them through the laundry as if they were being washed with a knit garment. I machine washed with cold water and tumble dried on low heat. The result was that my squares shrank to 9.5" x 9.5" on both squares!

I think that speaks for itself. If you take no-show mesh off the roll and use it, you are most likely going to end up with a puckered embroidery.

Roberta in FL


Re: About to toss this machine out the window!

Roberta K
 

Kathy,

One thing I have noticed is that when there is more than one stitch made in the same hole, I have noticed that the needle actually splits the thread, causing it to tangle, and break and create a birds nest. I am sure that is part of your problem. Just my 2 cents.

Roberta in FL


Re: Washaway Thread

a67skc70
 

I have never used it in an embroidery machine. The spool I have no longer has the name on it, and I have had it for years. I am interested in hearing what brands everyone is using.
Linda



On Monday, July 26, 2021, 8:17:03 PM CDT, June E Hudspeth <juneeh@...> wrote:


Does anyone have issues with "washaway thread"??????????????  I'm somewhat frustrated; been using on a Hoop Sisters project; and thread keeps breaking.  None of the other threads I'm using are doing this?  This just just started happening a couple of days ago.  I'm using cut-away stabilizer and Hoop Sisters "shape"; I'm making a beach bag.

Curious to hear if anyone else has these issues and is there a "better brand" of  washaway thread????????? I'm not sure what brand I'm using.

As always, thanks so much for any feedback.

June/Sacramento/formerly of Boston/Lynn (big smile)


Re: to thread or to vinyl?

a67skc70
 

The thing I use for embroidering on knit fabric, is I add water to my water soluble stabilizer scraps. Just enough water to make it loose enough to paint, and then I paint it on the back of the item, do the embroidery and then soak the stabilizer out. I paint till it is stiff like card stock paper. Sometimes that is more than one coat.
Can't remember anymore who taught me that trick.
I only mix up the amount of "paint" I am going to use, as it will mold if left sitting around, even in the refrigerator.
Linda



On Monday, July 26, 2021, 5:11:04 PM CDT, Pixey via groups.io <pixeyam@...> wrote:


Hi Joyce,

I find embroidering actual words on t-shirts and sweatshirts can be tricky to stabilize, because the knit fabric itself shifts so much between letters, especially after washing. I don’t know if you were thinking to use one of the fonts built into the machine or digitizing it yourself.  But for an embroidery approach, I would tend to go with an appliqué style letter, than just stitching out BRIDE in a serif, san serif, or script font.  Or you could use an fusible iron-on letter approach to bring in the bride’s colors and just stitch around it.

Pixey


On Jul 25, 2021, at 11:45 AM, Joyce Daniel <mdaniel@...> wrote:



Hi!

I would like to do a “Bride” long sleeve tshirt for a late Nov wedding.

I could embroider on the front of this shirt or could have the vinyl wording attached.

Suggestions of pros/cons of either? Just not sure which way to go.

TIA! Joyce

 


Re: Janome M7 Tension Stuck in Auto

Emerentia
 

Thank you for your reply and suggestions, Lyn.
Emerentia

On Jul 27, 2021, at 11:34 AM, Lyn Quine <lynquine@hotmail.com> wrote:

If your top thread is showing or nesting underneath, it’s usually a top thread problem. Could be fluff in the tension discs or the take up lever isn’t threaded correctly. Clean the upper thread path, particularly through the discs. Take the top thread off and rethread. If you are threading manually, make sure the foot is up until you get to the needle then put the foot down. If using the threader, then just follow the instructions in the manual. One way to test, whichever way you thread, once it’s threaded and the machine is ready to sew, put the foot down, don’t put top thread under the foot, hold it out to one side and pull slightly, if it feeds easily then the discs aren’t closed properly, if you feel tension on the thread then they are closed, lift the foot and the thread hold flow easily when pulled.
On 27 Jul 2021, at 16:05, Emerentia <dalinvsme@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Cheryl. What I am trying to do is see less of the top thread on wrong side of fabric while using different colors of thread in bobbin and spool. The stitch wasn’t awful but I felt if I could tweak it just a bit it would look better since the wrong side of project will be showing. That’s how I ended up doing all the samples and surprised to see how the stitch didn’t appear to change. After taking pics front and back with my phone of my samples I and others saw no change either. Usually such severe changes in tension settings really show up as loops or puckers. I know the tension discs are engaged because when changing tension to 0 I can pull the thread freely through the needle with the foot down. I too believed I must have misthreaded. Also the bobbin side of the samples set with zero tension are very rough to the touch. Surprisingly though the stitches do not pull out easily. So I figured it must be my technique.

I saw a video of the M7 taken at a sales convention and was amazed when the demonstrator cut up a bunch of thread and tossed it over the bobbin then replaced the bobbin cover and began to sew. That machine took all those bits of stray thread and spit it out into the first stitch or two and kept going like nothing happened. Amazing machine and I’m having lots of fun playing with it, sometimes forgetting I have a project waiting to sew. Sew much to discover.

Thank you for your response and suggestions. Having this resource of others sewists is invaluable! I am taking my samples to the dealer to play with the display M7 and collect more knowledge. -Emerentia

On Jul 26, 2021, at 12:59 PM, Cheryl Paul <capaul@sasktel.net> wrote:
Hi Emerentia,

I have a Continental M7 and I’m not sure what you are trying to do. The thread tension should change automatically when you click the up (+) or down (-) arrows on the screen for the tension. If nothing changes, try re-threading the machine both the top thread and the bobbin, checking to make absolutely sure that you are threading it correctly. I know you are an experienced sewist but we all sometimes just miss something in doing a very familiar task like threading our sewing machine. Listen for the click of the thread as it goes through the “take-up lever” as this is a very common thing that happens to us all. at one time or another. The M7 does not have that nice little door that swings open to check this, so telling you this because I have missed it a time or two and I’ve had the machine quite a while.

Also as there are little buttons to engage the “acuflex” function. These are important as you need them when using the acuflex feet, so that thing feed evenly. If you are just doing regular sewing with the regular feet this function shouldn’t be turned on - you will know as the machine will ask you if the “proper. I’m just trying to cover some things that might be an issue, especially if you didn’t get a good lesson when you purchased your machine. Lots of things didn’t happen during the worst part of the pandemic and even now that things seem better, they aren’t necessarily happening as one might expect - like “in person” lessons and classes in stores.

There is a Facebook Group that is dedicated to the Continental M7 Machine. This machine does so much that it might be to your benefit to join this group. Personally I find Facebook very confusing, but I do belong to a few groups and have started going on this platform just about every day - frustrating as I find it.

Cheryl - Saskatoon








Re: Janome M7 Tension Stuck in Auto

Emerentia
 

Thank you, Lou Ann. I am going to get a pipe cleaner for the discs and see if it changes my results. 
Emerentia

On Jul 27, 2021, at 11:13 AM, Lou Ann <louannbush@...> wrote:

This didn't happen on my M7, but on my embroidery machine.  I always try to keep the machine clean, but not being able to adjust the tension myself, I took it to my dealer.  He found a thread stuck somewhere (now I don't remember if it was in one of the tension discs or in the bobbin area).  I never saw it.  Anyway, that's just a thought.


Re: The Janome Forum on Janome website

Cheryl Paul
 

Kathy, I would say that you should wait at least one day - might be overkill but … if you can get on again that will be great. I’ll check to see how my log-in works today and get back to you later.

I used to go onto the Janome forum very faithfully, but haven’t recently. Pick a password that related to something you always do, like one of your kids names or something - it isn’t a place that requires lots of security for financial reasons - those are the ones I worry about keeping as secure as I can and still remember what the password is. Back to the forum - It has been a very big disappointment these last few years. No one seems to use it or care if help is given. I try to do my best, but I don’t own ALL the machine, just some of the top models and a “take to class” much less expensive one. I just try to answer as best as my sewing experience and machine ownership has given me over the years and try to use common sense in the mix of all that. If anyone wants an answer “quickly” they should join the Facebook pages for Janome - they’ll perhaps even get an answer from someone who works for Janome in some capacity. I recognize lots of “Educators” on Facebook and they offer lots of video classes - definitely they try to encourage you to BUY something and to VISIT YOUR DEALER. They do give very good information at the same time as all the commercial stuff that goes with it. I’m almost at over-fill and glad that we have been “set free” from the pandemic - let us hope that things stay that way and people “keep healthy”.

Good luck in your trying again.

Cheryl - Saskatoon


Janome New Home 551

Busy B <bzybtoo@...>
 

Full disclosure, I'm not a regular member of this group, but belong to several other groups.

I need help with a Janome New Home 551 that I will be selling for parts.  There was no manual available.  I don't need a complete manual, only the first couple pages that show a diagram and name of each dial and lever.  I like to be accurate in my descriptions, and I'm not familiar with Janome machines.  If someone has a manual and is willing to send me copies of these first pages, I would be very grateful. 

Thanks for any help.  Bee


Re: to thread or to vinyl?

Pixey
 

Actually, I have done a number of successful embroidery projects on knits, t-shirts and sweat shirts.  I have some that are 8 years old that have held up much better than the ones that are 2 years old.  The issue I have is the shirt itself pilling and shrinking around the design after being washed and dried a few times. But that may not be as much of an issue for this particular project.  I was talking to someone in textiles and she was saying that the quality of the fabric itself has significantly deteriorated.

Pixey

On Jul 27, 2021, at 11:50 AM, Claire Schutz <cyschutz@...> wrote:



May I suggest you check Clare Rowley of Creative Feet, she recently did a YouTube on sewing with knits.  She explained how they react and has a stabilizer which will prevent that from happening. She has lots of info on this subject, Claire S.

On 7/26/2021 5:10 PM, Pixey via groups.io wrote:
Hi Joyce,

I find embroidering actual words on t-shirts and sweatshirts can be tricky to stabilize, because the knit fabric itself shifts so much between letters, especially after washing. I don’t know if you were thinking to use one of the fonts built into the machine or digitizing it yourself.  But for an embroidery approach, I would tend to go with an appliqué style letter, than just stitching out BRIDE in a serif, san serif, or script font.  Or you could use an fusible iron-on letter approach to bring in the bride’s colors and just stitch around it.

Pixey


On Jul 25, 2021, at 11:45 AM, Joyce Daniel <mdaniel@...> wrote:



Hi!

I would like to do a “Bride” long sleeve tshirt for a late Nov wedding.

I could embroider on the front of this shirt or could have the vinyl wording attached.

Suggestions of pros/cons of either? Just not sure which way to go.

TIA! Joyce

 


Re: to thread or to vinyl?

June E Hudspeth
 

Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  They’re beautiful!

 

From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> On Behalf Of Cheryl Paul
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 9:09 AM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] to thread or to vinyl?

 

I'm attaching 2 pictures that I did 2 years ago.  One was my grand daughter complaining that EVERYONE always forgot her birthday because it was "the first day of school" and so much else was happening.  It also turned out that my daughter turned 40 - 2 days before her daughter, so they both got t-shirts from me.  I have the Artistic Edge Cutter and hadn't really done a "vinyl" project for real, so this was a test of my very limited abilities.  It was a trial that "lucky for me" turned out great.  I did learn pretty quickly that you cannot put the iron on the vinyl - I had a "whoops" that luckily I could fix without much damage.

Embroidery might have been easier as I used more than one colour so had to go to the press more than once to get everything on.  That was the biggest challenge - to line things up.  Sarah's t-shirt has served her a couple of times and both her younger sisters too.

Cheryl - Saskatoon




Re: Washaway Thread

June E Hudspeth
 

Thanks Cat!

 

I’ve truly learned a lot. 

 

June

 

From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> On Behalf Of Cat - N via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 9:02 AM
To: Onlinesewing-Janome <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] Washaway Thread

 

Yep…agreed. IMHO, anything water soluble needs to be stored as environmentally correct as possible. Too dry and it might break…too humid and it might melt. Just my thoughts. I live in hot and humid Florida with indoor A/C, so my water soluble thread is kept tightly sealed in a zippy bag, and inside another container with a snap on lid. My Solvy, vilene, etc., are kept in a tub with a snap on lid. My air/water erasable pens are kept tightly capped when I’m not drawing with them. Even with all that, I can’t be sure how much the water soluble products dry out from A/C, or absorb humidity while I am using them. 


- Cat

 

Typos courtesy of autocorrect. 

 




On Jul 27, 2021 at 10:05 AM, <Ceil J> wrote:

June,

I second the opinion that it should be kept very dry.  I keep my spools in a smaller Ball canning jar. :)

Ceil

 

On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 9:11 AM June E Hudspeth <juneeh@...> wrote:

Thanks Ceil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Appreciate it.

 

From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ceil J
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2021 6:54 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] Washaway Thread

 

June,

I've used Superior Threads brand (they might have two weights, both worked well) with no issues.

Ceil

 

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 9:17 PM June E Hudspeth <juneeh@...> wrote:

Does anyone have issues with "washaway thread"??????????????  I'm somewhat frustrated; been using on a Hoop Sisters project; and thread keeps breaking.  None of the other threads I'm using are doing this?  This just just started happening a couple of days ago.  I'm using cut-away stabilizer and Hoop Sisters "shape"; I'm making a beach bag.

Curious to hear if anyone else has these issues and is there a "better brand" of  washaway thread????????? I'm not sure what brand I'm using.

As always, thanks so much for any feedback.

June/Sacramento/formerly of Boston/Lynn (big smile)


Re: Washaway Thread

June E Hudspeth
 

Thank you.

 

From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ceil J
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 7:05 AM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] Washaway Thread

 

June,

I second the opinion that it should be kept very dry.  I keep my spools in a smaller Ball canning jar. :)

Ceil

 

On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 9:11 AM June E Hudspeth <juneeh@...> wrote:

Thanks Ceil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Appreciate it.

 

From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ceil J
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2021 6:54 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] Washaway Thread

 

June,

I've used Superior Threads brand (they might have two weights, both worked well) with no issues.

Ceil

 

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 9:17 PM June E Hudspeth <juneeh@...> wrote:

Does anyone have issues with "washaway thread"??????????????  I'm somewhat frustrated; been using on a Hoop Sisters project; and thread keeps breaking.  None of the other threads I'm using are doing this?  This just just started happening a couple of days ago.  I'm using cut-away stabilizer and Hoop Sisters "shape"; I'm making a beach bag.

Curious to hear if anyone else has these issues and is there a "better brand" of  washaway thread????????? I'm not sure what brand I'm using.

As always, thanks so much for any feedback.

June/Sacramento/formerly of Boston/Lynn (big smile)


Re: to thread or to vinyl?

Cat - N
 

I hooped sticky tear away stabilizer, then removed only the paper under the embroidery field (score gently with a pin point and peel) and stuck that thin-ish Carter knit onsie fabric to the sticky stabilizer, put water Solvy on top, and did a basting stitch around the design area before I embroidered grandbaby onesies.  After the embroidery was done, I removed the Solvy with a damp paper towel, tore off the stabilizer from the back, then ironed on some self-adhesive French tricot onto the inside of the onsies, covering the back stitching of the designs to protect the sensitive baby skin.

I’m sure you will figure out if you want vinyl, or embroidery or other embellishment, but I do see those kind of t-shirts being sold everywhere and I think it’s a great idea. They’ll love them. Good luck.  

- Cat

Typos courtesy of autocorrect. 

On Jul 25, 2021, at 11:45 AM, Joyce Daniel <mdaniel@...> wrote:



Hi!

I would like to do a “Bride” long sleeve tshirt for a late Nov wedding.

I could embroider on the front of this shirt or could have the vinyl wording attached.

Suggestions of pros/cons of either? Just not sure which way to go.

TIA! Joyce


Re: to thread or to vinyl?

Claire Schutz
 

May I suggest you check Clare Rowley of Creative Feet, she recently did a YouTube on sewing with knits.  She explained how they react and has a stabilizer which will prevent that from happening. She has lots of info on this subject, Claire S.

On 7/26/2021 5:10 PM, Pixey via groups.io wrote:
Hi Joyce,

I find embroidering actual words on t-shirts and sweatshirts can be tricky to stabilize, because the knit fabric itself shifts so much between letters, especially after washing. I don’t know if you were thinking to use one of the fonts built into the machine or digitizing it yourself.  But for an embroidery approach, I would tend to go with an appliqué style letter, than just stitching out BRIDE in a serif, san serif, or script font.  Or you could use an fusible iron-on letter approach to bring in the bride’s colors and just stitch around it.

Pixey


On Jul 25, 2021, at 11:45 AM, Joyce Daniel <mdaniel@...> wrote:



Hi!

I would like to do a “Bride” long sleeve tshirt for a late Nov wedding.

I could embroider on the front of this shirt or could have the vinyl wording attached.

Suggestions of pros/cons of either? Just not sure which way to go.

TIA! Joyce

 


Re: to thread or to vinyl?

Joyce Daniel
 

Thanks Cheryl for the great pictures and great info on the shirts you did, which are super cute and very nicely done.

I’ve kinda decided to do a pocket with “Bride”, sewn onto the tshirt, vs a large “Bride” across the chest. She’s a no-frills gal and I’m not sure where exactly to place the “Bride” so it doesn’t end up mid bust, looking unique. Plus, my cricut contact is no longer doing cricut so I would have to find someone who could/would do this for me.

Joyce in hot GA……100 degrees today and I was outside trimming bushes..….whew!!!!


Re: to thread or to vinyl?

Cat - N
 

Those shirts are great, Cheryl!  

- Cat

Typos courtesy of autocorrect. _._,_._,_


Re: to thread or to vinyl?

Cheryl Paul
 

I'm attaching 2 pictures that I did 2 years ago.  One was my grand daughter complaining that EVERYONE always forgot her birthday because it was "the first day of school" and so much else was happening.  It also turned out that my daughter turned 40 - 2 days before her daughter, so they both got t-shirts from me.  I have the Artistic Edge Cutter and hadn't really done a "vinyl" project for real, so this was a test of my very limited abilities.  It was a trial that "lucky for me" turned out great.  I did learn pretty quickly that you cannot put the iron on the vinyl - I had a "whoops" that luckily I could fix without much damage.

Embroidery might have been easier as I used more than one colour so had to go to the press more than once to get everything on.  That was the biggest challenge - to line things up.  Sarah's t-shirt has served her a couple of times and both her younger sisters too.

Cheryl - Saskatoon


Re: Washaway Thread

Cat - N
 

Yep…agreed. IMHO, anything water soluble needs to be stored as environmentally correct as possible. Too dry and it might break…too humid and it might melt. Just my thoughts. I live in hot and humid Florida with indoor A/C, so my water soluble thread is kept tightly sealed in a zippy bag, and inside another container with a snap on lid. My Solvy, vilene, etc., are kept in a tub with a snap on lid. My air/water erasable pens are kept tightly capped when I’m not drawing with them. Even with all that, I can’t be sure how much the water soluble products dry out from A/C, or absorb humidity while I am using them. 

- Cat

Typos courtesy of autocorrect. 



On Jul 27, 2021 at 10:05 AM, <Ceil J> wrote:

June,
I second the opinion that it should be kept very dry.  I keep my spools in a smaller Ball canning jar. :)
Ceil

On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 9:11 AM June E Hudspeth <juneeh@...> wrote:

Thanks Ceil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Appreciate it.

 

From: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io <onlinesewing-janome@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ceil J
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2021 6:54 PM
To: onlinesewing-janome@groups.io
Subject: Re: [onlinesewing-janome] Washaway Thread

 

June,

I've used Superior Threads brand (they might have two weights, both worked well) with no issues.

Ceil

 

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 9:17 PM June E Hudspeth <juneeh@...> wrote:

Does anyone have issues with "washaway thread"??????????????  I'm somewhat frustrated; been using on a Hoop Sisters project; and thread keeps breaking.  None of the other threads I'm using are doing this?  This just just started happening a couple of days ago.  I'm using cut-away stabilizer and Hoop Sisters "shape"; I'm making a beach bag.

Curious to hear if anyone else has these issues and is there a "better brand" of  washaway thread????????? I'm not sure what brand I'm using.

As always, thanks so much for any feedback.

June/Sacramento/formerly of Boston/Lynn (big smile)


Re: Janome M7 Tension Stuck in Auto

Lyn Quine
 

If your top thread is showing or nesting underneath, it’s usually a top thread problem. Could be fluff in the tension discs or the take up lever isn’t threaded correctly. Clean the upper thread path, particularly through the discs. Take the top thread off and rethread. If you are threading manually, make sure the foot is up until you get to the needle then put the foot down. If using the threader, then just follow the instructions in the manual. One way to test, whichever way you thread, once it’s threaded and the machine is ready to sew, put the foot down, don’t put top thread under the foot, hold it out to one side and pull slightly, if it feeds easily then the discs aren’t closed properly, if you feel tension on the thread then they are closed, lift the foot and the thread hold flow easily when pulled.

On 27 Jul 2021, at 16:05, Emerentia <dalinvsme@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Cheryl. What I am trying to do is see less of the top thread on wrong side of fabric while using different colors of thread in bobbin and spool. The stitch wasn’t awful but I felt if I could tweak it just a bit it would look better since the wrong side of project will be showing. That’s how I ended up doing all the samples and surprised to see how the stitch didn’t appear to change. After taking pics front and back with my phone of my samples I and others saw no change either. Usually such severe changes in tension settings really show up as loops or puckers. I know the tension discs are engaged because when changing tension to 0 I can pull the thread freely through the needle with the foot down. I too believed I must have misthreaded. Also the bobbin side of the samples set with zero tension are very rough to the touch. Surprisingly though the stitches do not pull out easily. So I figured it must be my technique.

I saw a video of the M7 taken at a sales convention and was amazed when the demonstrator cut up a bunch of thread and tossed it over the bobbin then replaced the bobbin cover and began to sew. That machine took all those bits of stray thread and spit it out into the first stitch or two and kept going like nothing happened. Amazing machine and I’m having lots of fun playing with it, sometimes forgetting I have a project waiting to sew. Sew much to discover.

Thank you for your response and suggestions. Having this resource of others sewists is invaluable! I am taking my samples to the dealer to play with the display M7 and collect more knowledge. -Emerentia

On Jul 26, 2021, at 12:59 PM, Cheryl Paul <capaul@sasktel.net> wrote:

Hi Emerentia,

I have a Continental M7 and I’m not sure what you are trying to do. The thread tension should change automatically when you click the up (+) or down (-) arrows on the screen for the tension. If nothing changes, try re-threading the machine both the top thread and the bobbin, checking to make absolutely sure that you are threading it correctly. I know you are an experienced sewist but we all sometimes just miss something in doing a very familiar task like threading our sewing machine. Listen for the click of the thread as it goes through the “take-up lever” as this is a very common thing that happens to us all. at one time or another. The M7 does not have that nice little door that swings open to check this, so telling you this because I have missed it a time or two and I’ve had the machine quite a while.

Also as there are little buttons to engage the “acuflex” function. These are important as you need them when using the acuflex feet, so that thing feed evenly. If you are just doing regular sewing with the regular feet this function shouldn’t be turned on - you will know as the machine will ask you if the “proper. I’m just trying to cover some things that might be an issue, especially if you didn’t get a good lesson when you purchased your machine. Lots of things didn’t happen during the worst part of the pandemic and even now that things seem better, they aren’t necessarily happening as one might expect - like “in person” lessons and classes in stores.

There is a Facebook Group that is dedicated to the Continental M7 Machine. This machine does so much that it might be to your benefit to join this group. Personally I find Facebook very confusing, but I do belong to a few groups and have started going on this platform just about every day - frustrating as I find it.

Cheryl - Saskatoon




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