Short and sweet today because I’ve got sewing to get done. When I got my Singer 4423 Heavy Duty sewing machine I loved it. Absolutely. It wasn’t just that it was a fully functioning sewing machine, although that had a lot to do with it.
For the first time in my life, I had a sewing machine that did something other that straight stitch and zig zag. Now mind you, I have no idea what these other stitches do. I greedily dug into my manual to learn about my new stitches.
Then, as I turned to page 24, to my horror, there was only a picture. Not even so much as a listing of the stitches. So I started digging. Being a diligent and reasonably smart person I thought I could figure this out myself. My first stop was at the 274 illustrated stitches on the Singer website. Matching up the pictures I was able to deduce four stitches that I most likely had.
It was at that point that I discovered that the stitch illustrations aren’t standardized. So even among the same manufacturers, you might have one illustration for one machine’s blind hem and a completely different one on another model. There was also no consistency in the images used by the various manufacturers.
After several weeks of searching, I finally contacted Singer. The lady at the hotline was sure she could fix my issue but she was surprised to find that there was no key and again, no standardized symbols. She gamely made a few guesses but that was to no avail in the end.
Finally, having gone through all the resources I was able to think of, I emailed Singer for help. A week later I finally had my answer. At that point, I told myself I’d make a graphic to help myself out. That was in January. Three months later I’ve finally gotten around to it. Here’s hoping it will help you out as well. You can click on it to see it full size.
Until next time…