Keeping up appearances, Mending a tear, Blanket binding – SINGER 717 Scholastic User Manual

Page 37: Bar tacks

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keeping up appearances

The plain zig-zag stitch is just as useful for

mending as it is for creative sewing. It forms

a firm, flexible bond for repairing tears and for
making bar tacks to repair lingerie and to re­

inforce points of strain.


Needle Position:


Stitch Width: 2 to 5
Stitch Control: About

Zig-Zag Throat Plate

Zig-Zag Foot


1. Trim ragged edges.

2. Place underlay on the wrong side of tear for

reinforcement. (It is best not to baste or pin

the underlay, since you will be bringing the

edges together in the next step.)

3. Stitch on the right side, bringing the edges

of the tear together. Shorten stitch length at
ends and corners to give extra strength.

4. Trim underlay,


Often you can make an old blanket look almost
new by replacing the binding.

• Needle Position:


• Stitch Width: 5
• Stitch Control: 15 to 20

• Zig-Zag Throat Plate
• Zig-Zag Foot

1. Remove worn binding and baste new bind­

ing in place,

2. Reduce pressure on fabric by turning the

pressure dial to a setting below normal and

increase stitch length, if necessary, so that
blanket feeds freely,

3. Stitch, and remove basting.


Bar tacks, to reinforce points of strain, are

made with the plain zig-zag stitch at a closed

stitch length.

A Tear Mended with Plain Zig-Zag Stitch

Blanket Binding

Bar-Tacked Belt Loops


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