Sometime sewing clipart becomes important for you. Let’s get started! First, let’s talk about what the presser foot tension is. This dial, knob, or screw, depending on your sewing machine, controls the amount of pressure the presser foot exerts, or how much the presser foot is pressing down on the fabric. Obviously, we want our fabric to run between the foot and feed dogs smoothly. Check your sewing machine manual to locate your presser foot tension and how to use it. The type of adjuster can vary from machine to machine or your machine might not even have one. For my Spiegel machine, my dial is here on the side. For my vintage machine, it’s actually ak nob on top of the sewing machine. So what can happen if your presser foot tension is off? If there is not enough pressure for your project, you may find that your stitches don’t look straight or are smaller than your normal stitch length.

It’s almost like the foot is just sitting on top of the fabric, applying no pressure. To show you an example of one extreme, if I put my tension dial to its lowest setting, so on my dial it’s a 0 for least amount of pressure. Even with my foot down, I’ll be able to easily move my fabric. In most normal day to day sewing, we don’t want to be able to do this. On the other extreme, if you’re using too high of a setting, you might end up with wavy seams or fabric puckering. I’ll move my tension setting to its highest pressure, a 9. Now the presser foot is pressing down so hard on my fabric I can’t shift it at all when the foot is down so even though the feed dog might be trying to move the fabric through, it might have trouble moving it evenly. So how do we know what is the proper presser foot tension? Typically, you should keep your tension in the middle of the dial and it should work well for you.

Most of the time, you’ll probably won’t need to adjust your presser foot tension at all. In my experience, for lighter weight fabric, such as organza, or for stretchy fabrics, you’ll want a lower tension. For thicker, heavier fabrics, I find that a slightly higher tension works best. If you’re sewing with extremes, you’ll definitely want to experiment with scraps of fabric to perfect the tension and your sewing will run smoother. If the fabric tends to slip while sewing, increase the pressure. Decrease the pressure, if you’re getting puckers or the fabric doesn’t feed evenly. If your tension is correct, your fabric will feed through easily and you’ll have nice, even stitches.

Vintage Sewing Machine Knee Pedal Repair

How to repair the knee control lever on a vintage sewing machine cabinet. I bought a sewing machine back in 2010 or2011 that was built into a cabinet for under $10. The cabinet had a built in knee lever that controls the machine instead of a traditional foot pedal. Recently the rivet holding the lever on snapped off while I was sewing. I was in the middle of filming a tutorial and had a memory bear order to finish so I knew I had to get it fixed and fast. So I’m going to show exactly how I repaired the lever and hope you find it interesting and maybe even helpful if you have a similar vintage machine set up. I unscrewed the two screws that secured the pedal to the cabinet and unplugged it from the machine. Then I took everything with me to Lowes so I could find the exact hardware needed.

A very nice gentleman helped me and got me all set up for under $3! I bought a bag of wing nuts and a bag of machine bolts. I obliviously only need one of each item, but it was only about $1.28 per bag, so I didn’t mind buying the excess pieces. I will have more info in the description box if you are needing to find the exact same hardware as I used. So here is what I have – the broken rivet that is no longer useable, the plate that was behind the pedal, the knee lever, and the bolt and wing nut I bought. I simply put the bolt in through the hole in the plate, then through the pedal and the knee lever. Then just add the wing nut and that is it! I mounted it back into the cabinet using the two screws I took out to begin with and plugged it back into the machine. It actually works better than it did before because the knee pedal is nice and secure now instead of a little wobbly like before. I hope you enjoyed this video and at least found it interesting if not helpful. I have a behind the scenes type vlog from the week my knee pedal broke on my personal channel.