singer 600 chainstitch

I just recently bought the chain stitch attachment. I have downloaded the i
nstruction guide. I don't understand the directions under the "sewing a cha
in stitch seam" section. Its tells me to put needle to position c. (That do
esnt work because it moves the needle to the right.) And stitch width at 1
. And length at 10 or 12 only. When I set my machine at those settings it w
on't work. The footplate blocks the needle. I have the assembly parts in it
the right way because I can do a nice chainstich normally. But I wanted to
know what the chainstich seam does.
Reply to
Jerry Van Meter
Years back I had a Singer that could do the chain stitch, I am working from memory now. I didn't use the chain stitch much, but I think I had to change the footplate to use the chain stitch. It may have been the same footplate that machine used for button hole work. I used chain stitch for temporary seams before fitting the garment to the person. This made it easy to remove unneeded seam lines. Where the seam lines were correct I often just sewed over the chain stitch. While chain stitch was once used commercially for inexpensive lines of clothing it did not wear well. One break in the thread and a whole seam could pull out.
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Belinda Alene
Ther are many 6xx series machine models.
If you have a 6xx series machine with NO built-in sewing patterns, like the 648 model, then the "C" would mean the Center needle position. The C setting on the models with builtin sew patterns would push the needle off to the right of center. You appear to have the later.
I have many Singer 600 series T&S machines and several original Singer manuals. The earliest 1964 - 600E does not mention chainstitching at all . That has a separate Singer "Chainstitching for T&S" accessory book .
Eg. Bk "Chainstitching for T&S" says : straight stitch setting , center needle, Stitch Length 8 -12 Bk "648 manual" says : Needle Position C, Stitch Width 1 , Stitch Length 10 -12 Bk "635 manual" says : Stitch Pattern AK, Stitch Width 3 , Stitch Length 8 -12
I'm no sewing pro but it seems the one great benefits of chainstitching is no bobbin thread... I've used for creating long stretches of non-critical stitches for piping, edge finishes on sheets and drapes/curtains, parallel embellishing stitches etc.
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