Why you should purchase your sewing machine from a small specialty store 

Stay away from cheap units at the "big box store"

Why you should purchase your next sewing machine from a small business

 

 

It's easy to understand the temptation of purchasing a sewing machine online. It seems convenient, most likely less expensive, and comes directly to your door. 

 

However, if you're not a sewing machine expert; how can you be sure you're choosing the right machine for your needs? How do you know it's of good quality? What happens if you have trouble operating it?  Where am I going to get customer support from a sewing expert? 

 

 

Check out this actual review taken from a “big box stores” website about the purchase of a sewing machine:

 

Terrible!

This machine has now broken on me twice, and let me tell you, I have barely used it so there was just no reason at all for it to stop working. I think it is just poorly made.  I repaired it the first time, but I refuse to put more money into it. I'd rather put the money toward a better machine. 

 

Don’t let this happen to you. This is where purchasing your new sewing machine from the experts at Daley by the Yard is a huge added value that you cannot get from purchasing online or at a big box store. At Daley by the Yard we are always a visit, e-mail or phone call away. We can help your troubleshoot your machine, teach you how to operate it, and even support you on sewing techniques like inserting zippers and free motion quilting. Our sewing machines starting at only $99 and it only makes it sense to take advantage of our expertise! When you are ready come and see us in Acton!

 
Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Friday, November 18, 2016 2:19:00 PM

Clothing is an investment... In YOURSELF 

Don't buy "one size fits all"

Invest in Yourself

 

Why your clothing is an investment, and why your tailor is your best friend. We live in an age where clothing has become "disposable", but it's not a positive change! Not even delving into the mistreatment of humans who work in the factories in the countries manufacturing these items, the quality of the materials and the finished garments is substandard. How many times have you picked up inexpensive clothing only to find it didn't survive the washing machine? Then it goes into the garbage, and into a landfill. This is not a sustainable way to live, folks! Purchasing well-made garments is an investment. Yes, they cost more but they will last you many years! Not only that, but you can justify the small cost of having an experienced tailor, like Daley by the Yard's Jacki Robichaud, alter your clothing to fit you perfectly! You can only make a first impression once, so make sure it's a good one! 

 

Quality clothing makes you look and feel good

 

People come in all shapes and sizes, yet a lot of cheap clothing is mass produced in a “one shape fits all” manner. Low-quality dress shirts, for example, look terrible on people not shaped a specific way. If a shirt is too loose or tight in the wrong places, you feel vulnerable and uncomfortable, and it shows in your body language. If it fits you well and you’re comfortable, however, you can get a nice confidence boost. Using the same example, quality dress shirts will often come in a variety of cuts, so no matter what shape you are, you’re bound to find one that you feel good wearing. Even if you can’t, you can and should get it fitted to you (more on that later.)

Whether we like it or not, clothing is also a part of our identity. Your clothes can emphasize social status, as well as a certain level of professionalism. A few quality outfits can make you look like a go-getter that takes pride in your appearance. Spending money on quality clothes might seem frivolous if you’re a frugal person, but in some cases you can’t afford to not spend the money, especially if you’re trying to land a job or network with colleagues. Stop by Daley by the Yard and we can ensure that you look and feel great.

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Friday, November 04, 2016 2:25:00 PM

Troubleshooting Tips 

Nesting underneath the fabric

We've all been here.

Take a deep breath. Don't turn your tension dial. Don't jump.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will share troubleshooting tips that will help you diagnose a true problem, or user error, at home. So you can spend more time sewing and less time schlepping your machine to my store. I know you love seeing me and all, but I think we all know there isn't enough sewing time to begin with!

Contrary to what common sense tells us, naughtiness underneath your fabric does not usually mean there is something wrong with your bobbin, which is physically located underneath your fabric. It's actually the opposite - issues underneath your fabric point to the top of your machine being the culprit. Generally speaking, if you're getting looping/nesting/terrible stitches, but the machine is in fact stitching, the issue is the upper tension.

NO, DON'T TOUCH YOUR TENSION DIAL!

Your problem is most likely that the thread isn't in the tension device. So, messing around with the dial will not only make no difference whatsoever, it'll just mess iup your tension setting for when you do eventually get the thread into the device correctly.

Your tension device is comprised of two silver metal discs. When your presser foot is up, these discs are open and ready to receive thread. When your presser foot is down, the discs close and apply the correct tension to your thread. Many are taught to put their presser foot down when threading their machine, because it makes threading the needle easier. This is a bad habit, because threading the machine with your presser foot down reduces your chances of getting your upper thread correctly into the tension device because it is closed.

Pro tip: Begin threading your machine with your presser foot in the up position. Once you have gone through the tension device and the take up lever, stop and put your presser foot down. Pull the thread. Is it harder to pull? Good, that means it's correctly in the device. Does it feel the same as when you were threading it with your presser foot up? Start over, your thread is not in there right.. Once you know for certain the upper thread is nice and cozy in the tension device, proceed as normal. If that means putting the presser foot down so you can thread the needle, go ahead!

There are two very annoying things that happen when you thread the top of your machine wrong. The first one is the above mentioned looping/snarling/nesting/whateveryoucallit. The second is jamming. The machine stitches in more or less one place, a pile of snarling thread accumulates under your fabric. It jams. It gets stuck. You basically have to take the entire machine apart to get the fabric out. It's the worst. It's also the take up lever.

In my experience, when the machine just stops and jams, it's because I either missed the take-up lever during threading, or the thread fell out of it. (This is my way of making myself feel better about missing the take up lever. Obviously, it fell out.) I'm sure many of you are asking: what is a take up lever?

It's this fellow here, that swings up and down while you're sewing:

Take Up Lever Selfie!

When in doubt, if your machine is acting crazy, just re-thread it. Top and bottom. Still acting crazy? Leave a message for me in the comments, call me at the store, or shoot me an e-mail. I'll help you troubleshoot as best as I can!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Wednesday, September 09, 2015 11:15:00 AM Categories: Tutorial
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