I just bought a Brother CS-6000i sewing machine from Wally World and
while surfing the net I came to realize that you CANNOT use a magnetic
seam guide on the computerized sewing machines! Can anyone tell me
where I can get some type of guide for my Brother that is not
In the meantime, I have cut me a piece of foam core about 3.5 inches
long and I can tape it to my needle plate with "painter's tape", but I
really would like to find another solution.
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give me in this matter!
Most machines these days have various seam guide lines engraved on the
stitch plate. If you find you cannot see those clearly enough, try
filling the lines with enamel paint or nail varnish in a nice bright
colour. Berninas used to have the engraved lines filled with red, which
was nice and visible. :)
Some people use a pad of "post-it" notes, that have the sticky on the
back. Putting a pad of them there makes as high a guide as you want,
and when it gets dirty, you can tear off the top one.
Check with your mechanic, but I don't think those thin advertising type
magnets are strong enough to interfere with your machine. Certainly
don't use the heavy powerful seam guide, but ask if using one of those
little business card magnets would hurt.
Sometimes I use "re-positionable correction tape" -- Post-It tape --
to mark a seam allowance. Not often, because it happens that the
right edge of my machine's needle plate is exactly half an inch from
the leftmost needle position -- rather odd, when the machine is metric
-- and half an inch is the seam allowance I use most often.
For narrower allowances, I guide on the feed dogs and various parts of
various feet, and shift the needle positions.
When I'm hand sewing, I use correction tape on the fabric. Since it
tends to break loose when the fabric flexes or stretches, I use an
inch or less and keep shifting it to mark my way.
If I need to mark fabric for machine sewing, I usually use a
water-erasable marker, but I also have an assortment of pencils -- the
most-useful pencil isn't an official sewing marker, but one with a
"lead" of real calcium-carbonate chalk, the sort that was used on
blackboards in the first half of the twentieth century.
(Modern blackboard crayons are not chalk and might stain fabric. Real
chalk is a cleaning agent, and quite safe for color-fast plant