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[edit] Tips

Wednesday nights at Noisebridge is when the communty gets together to give classes. I would like to attend and hopefully other crafters too and we can see what organically grows from it.

Sewing machines currently at noisebridge...edited by Maria on June 30, 2015

Pfaff 2022. This machine is in working order. I purchased it from the original owner recently. It was never used. This machine has IDT which is a fancy way to say dual feed. If you have any questions on using the machine you can text or call me @ 415-850-3704. My name is Maria and I live about in the Mission, close by. This Pfaff machine is a good machine. It does many different stitches. However, you have to adjust the machine and the pressure foot to execute them properly.

Brother machine works as well.

Walkingfoot is working.

Single needle juke has a few issues that need to be fixed.

The overlock also a juke is has issues and needs to be fixed.

The Viking is broken but can be used for parts.

The New Home cast iron is retired but we use it for decoration.

We are working hard to make the space a functional and pleasent space to create.

[edit] Sewing Work Area

[edit] 2015 Upgrade

As a spinoff of the Noisebridge Booth for Maker Fair 2015 project the sewing area is going to be upgraded. Recently people have started maintaining and using the sewing area regularly again. The casework being built for Maker Faire 2015 will actually be designed for the sewing area so that after the show it may form the basis of the sewing area upgrade project.

I have started collecting inspiration images that will be used to design the cabinets and new sewing area. This project is currently in the conceptual design phase, so if you have ideas please add them here. Not pictured are ideas for storage of donated materials and fabrics. I think there should also be some clothes rods for hanging up projects and materials. Maybe a trip to a fabric store(s) could help with storage ideas.

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[edit] Official Manual for the Juki Sewing Machine DDL-5550-6

PDF - Manual for the Juki Sewing Machine DDL-5550-6 --

[edit] Tribal Knowledge Juki Sewing Machine

  • The term 'industrial sewing machine' does not mean that it can poke a hole through anything.
  • It can go very fast. It has an automatic thread cutter which is triggered by pushing down on the treadle with your heel, the opposite from how you push to have it make stitches. There's a set of buttons on a widget atop the machine which control automated backstitching. If the top light is lit, the machine will do a backstitch when you start a seam. If the bottom light is lit, it will do a backstitch prior to cutting the thread, when you push back on the treadle. Push the associated button to toggle the backstitching. If this isn't clear yet, take some scrap fabric and play around with it until it makes sense. Note that the needle faces to the left, instead of to the front, as on most home sewing machines. If you replace a broken needle and put it in facing forwards, nothing will break but the machine will not form stitches.
    • To wind a bobbin, place the empty bobbin on the horizontal spindle to the right of the machine body (near the hand wheel). Run a second thread through the upper holder, down to the tensioner at the back of the right side of the machine, in line with the spindle. Thread the end through one of the holes in the bobbin side, from the inside to the outside. Press the lever to push the spindle down in contact with the sewing machine belt. While holding the thread end so it doesn't just whip out of the bobbin, press the treadle to run a couple of inches (if there were fabric in the machine). Soon enough you can let go of the thread end as it will have been caught by windings on top of it. If you are doing a lot of sewing, you can start a new bobbin before the current one is empty, and let it wind up as you sew. When the bobbin is full, the lever will automatically snap out away from the belt and stop winding thread.

The top speed of the machine can be adjusted using one of the knobs on a box under the table, next to the motor. It is the second knob down. Right is faster, left is slower. Feel free to adjust this -- use a scrap piece of fabric to determine a good top speed for your skill level and project needs.

Full manual: Media:Juki-ddl-5550-6.pdf

Juki Maintenance Notes - Replacing the counter knife, needle bar, thread guides, etc.

Recommended reading:

About sewing machine needles

Understanding thread tension

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