So now onto the other bits and bobs.
The 319K uses a shorter needle than other machines. If you use a normal needle it will bang on the bobbin casing and break so you need one called a 206×13. I bought a box of a hundred and have now started using a new needle for each new project instead of only changing it if I break one, which by the way is what you should do too!
It also needs a shallower bobbin than more common machines and you can see the difference in these two pictures
There was an unassuming black box with an assortment of feet I knew how to use and some I didn’t. The odd ones are below
The top thing is a ruffler the next row has a satin stitch foot for zig zag stitching, a button foot (for holding a button on the fabric while you cleverly stitch from hole to hole to sew it on) and a straight stitch foot. The bottom row has a free motion foot, a rolled hem foot and a bias tape foot.
I use the ordinary-ish feet as well as the rolled hem foot, the button foot and the bias tape foot. I have played with the ruffler but it scared me! The free motion foot is very cool for doing random quilting but harder to make very planned things like letters and shapes due to my lack of skill.
Here are some close ups. The scroll-y bit rolls the fabric over itself so you can sew a very narrow hem without having to press it once then fold it over and press it again to hide the raw edge. It is great for hemming lightweight fabrics and net as you would for summer skirts and tops or ballerina tutus.
This one sews folded bias tape to the edge of a piece of fabric in one step. You can see a how it works here and here
There is even more… A box of cams to make a gazillion different patterns with thread
So after all that maybe you can see why I was so excited about finding this beauty. I’ve sewn more adventurous garments since I got her and I sew more neatly, more carefully and with more attention to detail than I did on my old (modern) machine. I often use three different feet on one project and the things I sew look better than they used to. I feel that the Singer has some knowledge and skill all of her own and I just add to it with my ever improving skills.
Whatever kind of machine you have, try to get to know it well by sewing and sewing and sewing. Try out the different stitches and feet if it has more than one. The more you know about your machine the less daunting it is to work with it and teh more you will want to sew!
There is nothing worse than starting each sewing job with dread or fear that it won’t be easy because the machine is bound to do something to scupper you. In my experience of machine-driven frustration it has more often than not been user error more than the machine being wrong.
About ten years ago Mr G used to say he didn’t know why I tried sewing anything because it made me so mad; now he is amazed that I can whip up a gift like the bucket without too much bother. The only thing that has changed is that I kept getting the machine out and kept trying to work out how it worked and kept on sewing. Most people don’t get better at doing anything by avoiding doing it, know what I mean?
Nowadays you can find a lot of help with sewing online. Anything from threading your machine to adjusting tension to oiling and cleaning your machine is out there to see on youtube.
So get your machine out and get sewing. For a good start have a look at sewingmamas.com and go to their free tutorial section. The step by step pictures showing you how to put things together are so much easier to work with than a paper pattern and written instructions written in secret sewing code so give it a go.