I was sewing Friday night with some friends and my Featherweight conked out on me. It just did not want to sew. Oh the needle went up and down, the bobbin was turning but no stitches. Thing is I had just picked it up on Tuesday from the spa -a.k.a. Glen the sewing machine repair man. It was dragging and just needed some TLC. I thought maybe since I put in a really fine thread and tiny needle it just didn’t like it, but after changing the thread and needle back to the standard it still did not sew. I changed the bobbin – not only did I wind a new one, I bought a new bobbin and it continued not to sew. I needed reinforcements. I was lucky enough to be sewing with veteran stitchers and featherweight owners. The four – yes four!!- of us did all we knew to no avail. I called Glen in a panic. Of course he was ever so gracious and told me to bring it right over.
Three days later….
I had been counting the minutes until I could get Mrs. Z. (my featherweight’s name – story for another posting) to Glen. I took her out and told Glen my story. He looked at it and smiled and pulled out the needle and turned it and ….well, I felt stupid. The needle was in the wrong way. I could not believe it. I told him a always insert the needle with the flat side facing left. He told me that it does not matter which way the flat side is facing it’s the groove in the needle that needs to be facing right. Who Knew?? Certainly not the 5 of us. Apparently different needle manufactures have the flat side on different sides. If you insert a Singer needle with the flat side on the left, the groove will be on the right. Union needles are the opposite. Glen said we did not have to speak of this ever again.
I know I inserted the needle the correct way. I dug out the manual to my machine and there it was. Put the flat side toward the left. I felt somewhat vindicated. Now I know to pay attention to the various brands of needles.