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Single-thread chainstitching looks like regu­

lar straight stitching on top but is a series of
interlocking loops on the underside of the

fabric. The stitches are produced by the nee­
dle thread alone so you do not need a bobbin

thread or a bobbin. Because the stitches are

formed by a single thread, the interlocked

loops ravel easily, allowing the entire line of
stitching to be removed with just a pul! on the
thread end.

Here are a few of the many sewing jobs for
which you will find chainstitching useful.

® Sewing temporary hems and tucks to extend

the life of children’s clothes, and curtains
and linings that might shrink.

6 Hemming curtains and draperies that may

need to be altered.

e Attaching woven and stretch hem tape.

e Making stay chains (French tacks) to

anchor linings.

« Basting for trial fittings.


» Select needle and thread according to your

fabric. (See Fabric, Thread and Needle
Chart on page 12.) Thread the machine in
the usual way except for the take-up lever.

For chainstitching, pass the thread through
the triangular eyelet as shown.

1. Raise take-up lever to its highest position

and raise presser foot. Open slide plate.

2. Move bobbin latch to left and remove bob­

bin and plate.

3. Place bobbin-case insert in bobbin case as


with finger of insert positioned under

the feed.


Position chainstitch plate over holding

pins, making certain that the post of the
bobbin-case insert finger enters the hole in
the plate. Close slide plate.

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Adjusting Tension

To find the correct tension setting for
chainstitching, set the tension dial on 3 and

make a test sample in your fabric. If the loops
in the chain on the underside of the fabric are
loose and irregular in size, increase tension.

When the tension is correctly adjusted, the
chain will be flat and smooth and the fabric


® To increase tension, turn dial to a higher


* To decrease tension, turn dial to a lower