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TWINKLE KNITS book giveaway

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Howdy friends, who wants this book?! Twinkle Knits book giveaway, made by JulianneTwinkle’s Town & Country Knits by Wenlan Chia features mostly quick, chunky knits. The book was given to me by Caroline, but it’s not doing any good sitting on my bookshelf. Twinkle Knits book giveaway, made by Julianne Twinkle Knits book giveaway, made by Julianne It’s filled with cute, colorful garments, and the instructions seem very thorough. Chunky knits aren’t really my style these days, but I know the right home for this book is out there!   Twinkle Knits book giveaway, made by Julianne There are many ways to win the book. Comment on the blog, like my Facebook page, or share my website and/or Etsy shop on your blog and/or Facebook page. I’m trying out Rafflecopter to run the giveaway, so let’s all cross our fingers that I set it up correctly!

Let’s keep entries in North America please!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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THREADING THE PFAFF

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I’ve really loved getting comments from other owners of the Pfaff 1222E. There’s nothing quite like “I’ve had this machine for 30 years and it’s never let me down” to really make you appreciate a well-built tool. If you’re interested in learning more about this machine, check out my other posts on the Pfaff 1222e: my initial review, and an update on the machine with tips on finding feet and extensive comments!

If you’re having problems using industrial cone threads or home-sewing spools on your vintage sewing machine, I have a bit of advice on threading and tension techniques.

threading Pfaff 1222e, made by Julianne

When the machine was new-to-me and I was using spools on it, often the thread would get caught on the rod that the spool spun on. From a long-forgotten website I got the advice to set my spool on the right rod, and to create an additional thread guide by putting a cut straw on the left rod. I cut a groove to hold the thread and melted the edge with a lighter to lessen the friction.

I use this technique with every single spool. and it definitely helps the thread flow through the machine.

threading Pfaff 1222e, made by Julianne

For those unfamiliar, cone threads hold 1,500+ yards of thread, whereas spools hold 250-500 yd. Since sergers use so much thread, it is much cheaper to use cones on that machine, and it’s simpler for me to have mostly cones instead of matching spools. In LA it’s easy to find inexpensive cone thread. You can even get factory overstock: for $1 you’re getting at least 500 yd and sometimes even 3000. The selection is a grab-bag, but I always check to see if any of my most common colors are in the bins (all but 4 of the above cones were purchased for $1 or less).

I prefer to use cone threads for my home sewing machine, but they present a challenge with threading. Where does the cone go so that the thread doesn’t get snagged? There are stands for cone threads available, and they work fine, but I already have enough stuff on my sewing table.

threading Pfaff 1222e, made by Julianne

threading Pfaff 1222e, made by Julianne

I have a handy shelf above my table, and all I did was screw a hook into the underside. The cone sits on my table (and gets knocked around sometimes, but it doesn’t matter). The thread feeds up into the hook, and then into my machine at the same angle as a smaller spool would.

threading Pfaff 1222e, made by Julianne

threading Pfaff 1222e, made by Julianne

Because the cone doesn’t spin, the top thread often doesn’t have the same tension as if I were using a smaller spool. Instead of dialing my tension knob up to 10, I just loop the thread around the bobbin guide and I’m good to go!

threading Pfaff 1222e, made by Julianne

At a recent sewing meet-up, Sandra adjusted the tension of my bobbin. She says that you should be able to hold the thread tail and hang the bobbin without it rolling out.

Different threads have different tension requirements, and your fabric and needle type can also effect the quality of your stitches. All these variables can be overwhelming when you’re learning to sew, but over time they become second-nature. Happy sewing!

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A CHANGE OF PACE

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My husband and I have jumped on the opportunity to spend some time in a magical place in a little city on the California coast. More details and pictures will follow, as will project posts, because of course I brought 3 sewing machines with me (Pfaff 1222e, beater Singer for sewing bowls, and Juki serger). It’s taken a little time to settle in, but it’s such a good change of pace for us.

Here’s a preview of one of my recent projects:

Mercy, made by Julianne

Mercy!

 

 

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