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So you bought a machine, what next !! Part 2

antique sewing machine

Part 2 of my post on starting to sew and care of your machine. In this post I am going to concentrate on solving problems and then a little light maintenance.

Do you suffer with tension, arghhhhh! Yes, the thing we hate the most. I spend more time messing about with machine tensions than anything else.


We all struggle with tension problems – particularly to start with, I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to throw my machine down the stairs over the years – its still beats us all sometimes!


click on the pic below for an informative read on solving tension problems – from All Free Sewing


Understanding Sewing Machine Tension from Crafty Baba also gives good advice on this subject.

understanding tension

and finally, a gentle video on sewing machine maintenance – from Easy Sewing for beginners. Get your tea and biscuits at the ready again.

maintenance oil

Lots more tips on my Pinterest board here

If you didn’t catch part 1 you can see it here



  • Gail Wilson
    November 29, 2017

    Absolutely love you new sewing space! I have a similar space that could be converted and you have inspired me to look at it again. Do you have the plans for your renovation and what kind of structural issues did you have to address?


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