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Magnetic seam guide on a computerized machine?
I have been getting conflicting information
joydisaster

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Date: 11/14/07 4:11 AM

My instinct is not to get the magnetic seam guide near my new ELNA 6005 - but the ELNA dealer (well, someone who works at the shop, not the owner) said it was "no problem". I inherited this machine from my mom, and in her little thread box o' goodies there is a magnetic seam guide - I have no idea if she'd been using it on this machine or not.

So what is the verdict? Yay or nay?

TIA

Michelle

edited to add: this s the product I mean. For all I know, my machine might not even be metal there, but I am not about to try until I know for sure.
-- Edited on 11/14/07 4:14 AM --

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Date: 11/14/07 7:21 AM

My instinct is the same as yours - don't get it near a computerized machine. But I have no proof or first hand information either way. I've been warned about magnetic pin holders and told they should not be put on the bed of the computerized machine and I guess a magnet is a magnet. There are many seam guide alternatives so I wouldn't risk it but I'll be interested in seeing what others say.



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Date: 11/14/07 7:48 AM

I have a magnetic seam guide that I used to use when I had a mechanical machine. I haven't used it with my computerized machines. Somewhere I read not to use magnets with computerized machines so I err on the side of caution. I've got a seam guide foot for my Viking that I absolutely love. Elna may have a similiar foot.

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Date: 11/14/07 8:22 AM

My instinct is also no magnet.

I do the low-tech thing for a seam guide. A pad of Post-Its. This is a shot using my coverstitch machine but the principle is the same for a sewing machine.

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Date: 11/14/07 8:24 AM

Another one chiming in to say you should not put magnetic anything on your computerized machine - that's what I was told by my dealer anyhow

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Date: 11/14/07 8:45 AM

Better safe than sorry. I use the same system Debbie Cook does with post-it notes. Also, there are grooves on my sewing machine throat plate and I put a fine Sharpie pen down in there to mark the 5/8" seam groove. Makes it easier for my aging eyes to spot it. Your Elna may be Janome made and there won't be grooves, but you can still draw the Sharpie line if you like.

Some people like to use the thick Dr. Scholl's moleskin in the same way we do the post-it notes.

Better safe than sorry. Mother boards are not cheap. I'd save my $ for fabric.



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Date: 11/14/07 11:10 AM

I found another option at a quilt shop. A package of bright orange, heavy duty, clinging plastic strips. I think they are intended for use on the rotary cutting rulers for quilters but they work extremely well as seam guides too. You just remove them when you are finished sewing and then put them back when you are ready to sew again. Or, you probably could just leave the strip on. I do have a magnetic pin holder but it never even gets close to my machine.

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Date: 11/14/07 11:17 AM

I like Debbie's post-it-note idea. I just use a piece of blue painters tape.

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Date: 11/14/07 11:23 AM

I've been using that same magnetic seam guide on my 30 year old computerized sewing machine (Pfaff 1469) with no problems, and it's never even needed a repair in all these years.

If you're concerned the magnetic guide might cause a problem with your particular machine, give the manufacturer a call and ask. That way, you'll know for sure. Good luck!

PS...........I love that little seam guide!



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Date: 11/14/07 11:32 AM

I have been a *Nut* on that subject ever since a co-worker insisted on using a magnetic paper-clip holder right next to the computer I worked on 20+ years ago. One morning I went into work & the word-processing diskette was blank-- the program had been wiped out! (The computer was the original IBM PC 256 with two disk drives. Now an artifact of the distant past!)

Years later my sister used that darn thing on her *Mechanical* Kenmore & it suddenly wouldn't function for her at all! The tech who fixed it for her said it had a memory chip in it although it isn't computerized & the chip was ruined by the magnetic seam guide. The repair was the most expensive she's ever had with any sewing machine she's ever used! The post-it notes are a heck-of-a-lot cheaper than any repair!

Just my $.02 worth, Pat

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