Issue 34 June 2020
We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy as we roll into the month of June. In last month's newsletter, I talked about "Adapting". It seemed fitting because April was the month we started to plan our reopening of the shop, how we were going to make it work and thinking about the safest way to navigate our new normal. If April was about “Adapting” then "Making It" in May seems to be the theme as I'm writing this newsletter - just happy to be making it through the month, heck making it through the day sometimes is all you can do! Making time, making changes, making choices, making masks, making those machines work, making projects, making it fun, making a video - that one had me making for the door, as nerves always get the best me, just make it work Joan!
Making is what Quilter's do best. We make quilts, we make with our hands and our hearts, we make memories and we make life softer and brighter for those dear to us and for those we have never met. It is in our creative need to make, that we find peace, a sense of purpose and pride. The world needs more Makers and I’d like to think that through this challenge that faces us now, those who have brought out the old sewing machines to make masks are finding the joy in making and doing for others and I hope they continue making things when life starts rolling again if only to bring a little creative joy to their lives. Quilters know the joy that making and creating can bring to our lives. The colors, the feel of fabrics, patterns and design fill us with possibility. The calming effect of stitching is such a gift to the soul and we need that peacefulness to get us through now more than ever before. I hope you all make time for whatever brings a little joy and happiness to your life this month.
May All Your Stitches Be Sweet,
Although our store was opened to customers May 5th, Sweet Stitches continues to offer curbside service for product and machine service purchases. All On-line or phone orders requesting curbside will be fulfilled no later than the next business day. Our on-line system will send a notice when your order is ready. For machine repair, simply call the shop, we will create a work order for your machine. Simply stop by during business hours and we will be glad to carry your machine in. No need to schedule ahead to drop off your machine!
While we would love to see you in the shop, we understand that it is not possible or advisable for everyone. We are happy to support curbside services.
For those a long distance away, you can shop online and select our shipping option!
Only a few left in Stock
Accuquilt has announced a rebranding of the Go! Me Product. The cutter itself will remain unchanged but the packaging and coloration will be more in line with the forward plans for their branding. While the update will not be available until mid to late summer, Sweet Stitches plans to sell its current stock at the reduced price of $69.99.
This cutter is an inexpensive entry into the accuquilt line of products and the six-inch cutter is capable of utilizing nearly 70% of all accuquilt dies. Once we are able, Sweet Stitches will renew our accuquilt Go! Play Days, a free interactive class designed to provide you the instruction you need to get the most out of your accuquilt cutting system! This Free class is only available to Sweet Stitches Accuquilt cutter customers.
This price reduction will only apply to our current inventory. You can link to the Accuquilt Go! Me page by clicking here.
Sweet Stitches On the Road
A Machine Minute
General Maintenance and proper technique are critical for optimum performance of your sewing machine and project outcome.
Pay Attention to Tension
The repair shop has been busy! A lot of machines have been pulled from closets, basements, garages and have been enlisted to make masks. While most certainly not exclusive to these newly found machines, the most common issues associated with machines making their way to our shop are; "It's nesting underneath", and "it has tension issues".
Upon evaluation to address the issue, the majority of these machines simply need proper threading, and only a very few required actual adjustments or a replacement part to correct the issue.
Nesting on the bottom side - If you see large loops of thread on the bottom of your fabric, this will be an excess of UPPER thread that has not been pulled back up. Almost always this is caused by a lack of upper tension or missing the uptake lever when threading the machine. In the case of no tension, this can be caused by attempting to thread the machine when the presser foot is down not allowing the thread to fall in between the tension discs. Alternatively, a similar outcome can arise if you miss the uptake lever when threading. Without the uptake lever, the thread will not be pulled back thus leaving a large loop on the underside.
If you experience nesting on the underside of your fabric we recommend that you stop sewing, remove both the upper and bobbin thread completely from the machine. Start over and rethread. For those that have been sewing for a few years, we thread our machines with muscle memory. It may be the case we simply need to slow down, being sure the presser foot is up, that you floss your thread to be certain it falls between the discs and that you catch the uptake lever. Most often this will solve your issue.
What happens if its knot you?
If you have rethreaded completely and you still have nesting below, it is possible something is the matter with your tension discs. In this case, the most common cause is a thread or other impediment wedged between the discs.
Recently, we had a machine in the shop with this story; "While sewing, I ran my spool empty. I threaded a new spool and no matter what I do I now have looping on the bottom." We tested the machine by placing thread through the tension discs, lowing the presser foot and pulling on the thread. If the tension discs are working you will feel the thread pull tight as you tug on it. In this case, nothing, no tension and the thread was completely loose as we pulled on it. As it turns out when the last bit of thread was pulled off of her spool and through the machine it had a small knot in it. This knot became wedged between the discs and they could not close. We were able to solve the issue by flossing the discs and the random thread with the knot was pulled out. This one worked out well, sometimes, in this situation when the discs are not closing, you must open the machine and the discs to remove the obstruction. This is when you will call Sweet Stitches for repair service!
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