My Sewing life: Inside the machine


I have been sewing for thirty years now, so for most a lifetime.  When I was younger all of my machines were used.  Professional service was a luxury, so I would take the machine apart and do my best.  And it worked.


A few years back my Husqvarna Emerald Sewing machine blew a fuse, it wasn’t under warranty, so to replace the 3$ fuse cost me $89& taxes. Not cheap.  So, when the fuse went a few months later I took the machine apart, replaced the fuses and repositioned the wires to make then next fuse replacement a snap.  The whole machine had to come apart to get access.  Well, in doing so, I flipped some wires in replacing the fuses.  The consequence was that they light on the machine would only work when the pedal was in use.  A nuisance but not broken.

So, I recently listed the machine on crags list and the one offer was incredibly low.  So, last night I took it apart to fix the issue.

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Now if I had looked at the bottom once the plate was off I should have notice that the fuses were yellow wire to white wire, but I didn’t.  I was thinking that I had put the wrong wires to the machines computer board.  So, I unscrewed all kinds of screw, coaxed the plastic bits apart and swapped the wires.   Then I put it back enough to test, and the machine said no, they were fine the way they were before.  I then went looking to see what was amiss and that was the moment that I realized I didn’t need to pull it all apart.

The picture below shows the correct fuse wiring.  While I was in the machine, I cleaned and lubricated all the gears and moving parts.  Now it should sell for closer to the asking price.


I just want to emphasize that this was only done on machines that were beyond the manufactures warranty.  Never touch a machine under warranty – it will void it.


Sewing with Hemp linen. A quick finish to the sleeve.

Hemp Linen (40% Hemp/60% Organic Cotton) is a joy to work with.  The more that it is worked, the softer it becomes.DSC02057

I have worked with this before with great success.  The lace is a cotton 1” that I picked up years ago.  When folded and sewn over the materials edge the finish is clean and wears really well.  DSC02060

One of the property’s of hemp woven material is that the hemp will have a tendency to bind to itself naturally during wear.  So it will not come apart under the lace. 

I will be using this technique on the neck for this hemp shirt.