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Posted on: 9/10/10 12:56 PM
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For those of you like me that have only used older machines, it can be a difficult transition to the computerized ones. When I went from a 1950's Singer to a Bernina 430 five years ago, I had a lot to learn. Last year I was still breaking loads of needles. When mending or garment sewing I am often moving back and forth between decorative, utility and straight stitching. Many times I am changing from the regular stitch plate to the straight stitch plate or changing between open and straight stitch presser foot.
I needed something to help me remember to LOOK. First I went through my feet and used a permanent marker to write the letter S so that I could see it clearly while sewing. I then took a small post it note and wrote a BIG letter S in red. I place that yellow/red note on the machine near the stitch adjustment buttons and needle position to remind me NOT to alter or change anything.
It has been about 5 months now since I last broke a needle on a plate or foot. It has really helped me to remember to LOOK at BOTH the foot and the plate before I adjust stitches and needle positions.

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Lauren Michelin said...
Excellent tip Sandi, as although Bernina have a red warning mark on their straight stitch plates, we get used to seeing it there in a lot of heirloom straightstitch sewing and forget we cannot zigzag with this plate. thanks for the tip. regards
5/18/12 9:30 AM
Lauren Michelin said...
Excellent tip Sandi, as although Bernina have a red warning mark on their straight stitch plates, we get used to seeing it there in a lot of heirloom straightstitch sewing and forget we cannot zigzag with this plate. thanks for the tip. regards
5/18/12 9:29 AM
ladybegood said...
Great idea to remind yourself to check both! I don't have a straight stitch plate yet, but when I get one (hopefully soon) I will definitely use this tip.
9/12/10 11:22 AM
JanyceR said...
thanks so much for this tip! It is looking BOTH places that gets me too! I think the post it note is a great idea
9/12/10 9:28 AM
 
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