A sewing machine hack
In April I shared that I switched to the Microttex needles to help prevent fabric shoving down into the bobbin when I start stitching pieces. The needles helped a lot but it didn't eliminate it. What I needed was a straight stitch plate but I don't piece on this particular machine very much and didn't want to buy a straight stitch plate to use occasionally. Plus, I don't like those plates because inevitably I'll set the machine to zig zag and break a needle. I decided to see if I could hack my plate to be a straight stitch plate and it worked! I cut two tiny pieces of masking tape and placed them over the edges of the hole. It did require a tweezer to place them but it works perfectly. If I happen to switch to a zig zag stitch it will only break some tape and not my needle.
After I did that hack I pieced all of these sets and not one corner jammed into the bobbin.
6/9/2022 12:46:31 pm
I typically use my straight stitch machine for piecing. But that is a great hack, and IF I am sewing on another machine, I will certainly remember this.
6/9/2022 07:00:22 pm
VERY clever! I don't have a straight stitch plate either - so I'm doing this - right now - ;))
6/10/2022 01:32:14 am
What a gift! Thank you, Vicki. I believe your hack will solve a pesky problem I've had for years.
6/10/2022 09:01:38 am
My SIL gave me a single hole stitch plate, but since I move my needle position when I sew a quarter inch seam, the single hole stitch plate doesn't do me any good. That is an excellent hack that I will use!
6/10/2022 12:31:25 pm
This is a great tip - easy hack to a very aggravating problem when sewing on my smaller machines. Thanks
6/10/2022 03:05:02 pm
I like this, any other tips/hacks.
6/12/2022 06:20:22 pm
Aha! Brilliant!!!! I have given some thought to buying a straight stitch plate but I know myself well enough to know I wouldn't remember to change it out when I wanted to do some zig zag stitching.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.