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seb58

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Hiyah!

I've recently got (from Ebay) a Singer Blind Stitch Attachment (Simanco number 86649) for straight stitch machines.

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It's all cute and pretty but...
The "zigzag" part of the stitch is woefully narrow... 

20190320_171513_resized.jpg  So, I was wondering a couple of things: for the test stitch I was using my treadle Singer 15K88 so was I not treadling fast or evenly enough?
Or is there a way to adjust the width?
The manual doesn't really say anything about that but maybe if someone here is familiar with this attachment.... 😉

(I hope my pictures are not too big...)

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Pic's are fine.  Not familiar with using that tool (but I have one) but I am sure someone here does.
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Thank you Steve 😉
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Hello seb58, I recently acquired one of these also and I was surprised at how narrow the zigzag part was too. I cleaned and lubricated mine and that helped a little bit, but honestly, your pics look about like what I ended up with.

In the manual, the zigzag is referred to as the "depth of tack" and the adjustment for it is a slide on the foot part. Instructions are on page 2 & 3 of the manual on the right in your pic.

There is a blog post about this attachment here:

http://silkmothsewing.blogspot.com/2011/06/singer-blind-stitch-attachment.html

And her pics look about like yours. It's a neat little attachment, but yes, the depth of tack is a bit narrow compared to other cams or built in stitches. It seems to only zig or zag the length of the stitch.

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Hello MJTX, thank you for that information. I read the manual but the "depth of tack" was obscure to me, now I understand.
I've read the blog article and you're right, the depth of tack is still narrow, so I guess I understand the frustration the person who wrote the article felt. 
I think that I will keep this attachment as a collectable and really use my Singer 354 Starlet / Genie if or when a blind stitch is needed [wink]

At least I will be able to use the screw for my buttonhole attachment. [biggrin]
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You're welcome seb58! This attachment may not be optimum for blind hemming but this video shows how to use it for decorative stitching, applique, and attaching lace. I think it will be pretty handy for that - I know I do more of that type of work than I do hemming. So let your creativity shine! [smile]

BTW, this video gives more detailed info on pressing and preparing the fabric if you do use it for blind hemming. The only problem is that we don't get a good view of the finished hem so we can see that "depth of tack"! [wink] (I had to figure out that term too...)

MJ 

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 So let your creativity shine! [smile] 


You are optimistic! At the moment, my creativity is as shiny as the sun in mid-winter lol

But thank you very much for the videos, I'll watch them and try and get inspired 😉
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Try running the attachment right up against the fold.  Perhaps the "bite" will be just the right amount, as you don't want the stitch to show but the very tiniest bit from the right side when the hem is pressed flat.
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Thanks for the tip donnawm! The more I think about it the more I think that this attachment is indeed made for very fine and precise work, as you say, just have the tiniest bit of stitch showing. If so it will prove "too fine" for me...
But at the same time, the collector in me is glad to have got hold of this attachment which is not all that common in France and as MJ suggests, it can still be used for decorative stitches 😉
The manual is very detailed about the various methods of using the attachment but it requires intricate folding that looks almost like origami to me [tongue]

BTW if anyone is interested in the manual, I can easily scan it and send it along!
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We had more demos at our monthly sew-in tonight and one them was the blind stitch attachment. David Werther made the videos of Jamie Barnett doing the stitching. After a little bit of fiddling around with it, the blind hemmer worked very well.

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Nice 😉

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