Singer featherweight ll

Hello,
I will appreciate some guidance regarding how to get this machine(Singer
featherweight II) to work properly. It was lent to me for a month, the
owner is overseas and returning in 3 weeks. I tried to follow the
instructions on the manual book without luck. I took it to the dealer
and though the lady there wanted to help the instructions on the manual
are not accurate at all...the stiches don't come right by following the
corresponding steps...any help out there? The problems I have are
regarding the overlocking stiches.
I have a normal sewing machine (White, USA) and I heard it is possible
to sew knit fabric using a normal sewing machine provided one knows
about the right needle and ...? , as this was the case before domestic
overlockers were invented.
Thank you and all the best for 2004 to all of you. This seems to be a
great web site.
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Gib Bogle
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knit fabric using a normal sewing machine provided one knows about the right needle and ...? , as this was the case before domestic overlockers were invented.
I don't know anything about the f/wt, but I have a 1975 White and a fairly new Janome, both of them purely mechanical and I have sewn many knits on both of them. The methods I use are: (1) 1/4" seams (2) A ball point needle is absolutely essential (3) a roller foot makes it a lot more manageable. Adjust your stitch length and tension to the thickness of the fabric - practice on some scraps until you get the results you want.
I do not possess either a serger or a computerized sewing machine, and so far have not found a good enough reason to invest major bucks in either, although if I were to "fall over" one really cheap at an estate sale or something I probably would not refuse.
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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Olwynmary
Thank you very much Olwyn Mary...I agree with not investing major bucks if one can do by applying other methods. I will certainly try your suggestions tomorrow. I heard about using the ball point needle but not about the roller foot...I thought using some sort of elastic thread was the key.
Aida in Auckland, New Zealand. It is a small world after all :)
P.S. The featherweigh II is a Singer. My own machine is a White, I bought it in L.Angeles when I lived there many years ago.
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Gib Bogle

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