A sewing technique traditionally performed by hand, darning is a task that can also be carried out on an sewing machine fitted with a special darning and embroidery foot. This foot, which features an opening through which you can view your work, can be attached to your machine in just a few seconds. Like most manufacturers, Singer recommends the use of official Singer accessories on its equipment in order to ensure the sewing machine operates at its optimum level with all fabrics and for all designs.
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Things you need
- Machine embroidery thread
- Singer needle size 70 or 80
- Singer darning and embroidery foot
Turn off your sewing machine and ensure the darning needle you wish to use is a Singer size 70 or 80. Smaller or larger needles are not suitable for use with the Singer darning and embroidery foot.
Attach the darning and embroidery foot to the machine by removing the presser foot and presser foot holder, screwing the foot into place, and dropping the feed dogs.
Guide the machine embroidery thread through the eye of the darning needle. Singer suggests that when rayon sheen thread is used, fine cotton or special bobbin thread should be used as bobbin thread instead. The company also recommends reducing the upper thread tension to produce a smoother stitching.
Turn on your sewing machine and check the darning and embroidery foot works properly by testing it on a piece of spare fabric.
Tips and warnings
- Use an embroidery hoop to obtain greater control over your darning and embroidery work. Available in different sizes and designs, embroidery hoops provide even tension and stop the fabric moving while you stitch.
- When using the darning and embroidery foot, you must always drop, or cover, the feed dogs with the feed cover plate. This is because the fabric is now being guided manually by you, rather than automatically, with the stitch density selected by you.
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