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Should there be fabric under the presser foot when it's not in use?
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Date: 7/31/13 6:46 PM

I just got a new-to-me used Bernina 1300DC serger. Yay! Um, but the manual is not that great, so I have the most basic question, the answer is eluding my googling, until I get a good serging book / class.

The machine was shipped by the previous owner without fabric under the presser foot. It seems like there shouldn't be fabric kept under the presser foot when not in use, but I always do for my sewing machine.

How do you store yours?

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Date: 7/31/13 7:03 PM

I don't do it for any machine, but I do store it in a case. All the crap that's with it is in a storage cube on my wall that is part of a coat rack.

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Date: 7/31/13 7:06 PM

Interesting question. I always out of habit put fabric under all my sewing machine feet to help with condensation and keep them not rusting but I think that is old school. I haven't with my sergers but if I was to store one I would use a piece of fabric. It will be interesting to see other responces.

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Date: 7/31/13 7:36 PM

don't remember why, but i always keep a thin piece of fabric under the presser foot for all my machines. if i sell and ship a machine, it goes with the fabric in place. i was taught to stitch on a small scrap which was to lead the way for the actual project. once the actual project was completed, i would end with the small scrap, so the machine would be in the ready for the next project. maybe it came from that?

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Date: 7/31/13 7:55 PM

Thanks for the thoughts. Sounds like it will be okay without the fabric. I was taught to always put a piece under my sewing machine, too, but not sure of the reason.

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Date: 8/1/13 0:24 AM

Isn't that interesting! I was also taught to put fabric under my presser foot, with needle down. I was told it would protect both needle and presser foot!
Now it is just habit!

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Date: 8/1/13 6:49 AM

I took two BL (serger in 2009 & sm in 2013) and a Bernina (2005) Mastery Classes and Home Ec (1965-7) and never heard of putting fabric under the foot! Some have shipped that way and they all comeback from annual tech cleaning with fabric- I just thought it was to show me the stitches were adjusted or something. I always remove it. Only my Bernina needed a feeder/starter cloth for fabrics.
Quite interesting. Anyway, never stored fabric there and have never had rusting.
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Date: 8/1/13 7:46 AM

I don't know about serger's. As for sewing machines going back to what I was taught many years ago...before setting a sm aside until the next project...to clean and oil it then put a piece of scrap fabric or brown grocery bag paper under the needle to absorb excess oil that may slowly slide down so that needle plate and presser foot would not be too oily when placing the next project fabric there.

Of course...the presser foot and/or the needle had to be down to keep the fabric or brown paper in place. It was expected to get a sm back from being serviced this way as well for the same reason. This is the only reason I have ever known for this practice. It would be interesting to know if there are other more technical reasons.

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Date: 8/1/13 8:07 AM

My Mom did that but I don't. I think that might have started when machines were subject to rust but nothing I have - including the 1938 Singer, will rust.

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Date: 8/1/13 8:56 AM

I no longer store my machines with needles in them (I always forgot what size it was and then couldn't read the size on the needle anyway!). I was taught that the fabric was to help anchor the needle - and with no needle, no fabric! And if the machine is recently oiled, THEN use fabric until it sews with no oily marks. As for sergers, I don't intend to take out the needles until I have to so that's different . . . .

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