Singer 1304 Sewing Machine is an absolutely fulfilled fantasy for all the tailors. Also for those aspiring artists who either wish to flourish their hobby or begin with this artistry which they have been waiting to start for ages!! This is a perfect compact model that replaces the huge heavy machines which were not only tough to handle but also took away the majority of the space in our homes. But no worries, Singer 1304 Sewing Machine is so small, lightweight and compact that you can even carry it around wherever you wish to! Its slim body, Attractive design, and flawless stitching job will give you the best out of the best experience of stitching ever. Once you own this you will never feel like stopping to explore the creative world of threads, needles, bobbins, and stitches! The content table will make it easier for you to understand the flow of the description given in this review.
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The Singer 1304 Sewing Machine is not only a single piece tool but is a combo that brings various accessories along with it. If you are completely unknown to the machine, it’s parts and to the functioning working no worry, this combo provides you with a Quick Start Guide to start your tour and an Instruction Manual to make sure that you are not missing out on any facility provided to you by this master sewer. All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Darning Plate, to meet the very basic needs of the functioning of Singer 1304 Sewing Machine the user is given a Pack of Needles, Bobbins and a Needle Plate.
A Screwdriver to mantle and dismantle the parts whenever necessary, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush for removing thread and Spool Pin Felt. As it works on power supply Power Line Cord is added in the combo that is fit for the machine exactly and you don’t have to worry about the correct cord required for the machine. Also a Foot Control for adjusting the Presser foot when to raise or bring down the needle according to the necessity.
2.Power Switch and Handwheel
To begin with let us first know about the part and parcel of the machine, the power switch. The sew master needs the electric fuel to work a Power switch with a suitable cord is provided. Whenever you wish to switch on the machine just garb the cord attach it to the power supply and the other end of the cord to the machine port. Make sure that the switch is off while you carry out the activity. Turn on the power supply and the power switch later. Above the power switch is the handwheel. The handwheel Is used to Raise or lower the take-up level or the needle while you sew for the thread adjustments. The foremost thing to note here is the handwheel must always rotate towards you or in the counter-clockwise direction. The activity of raising and lowering is done by rotating the wheel in the same direction.
3. Thread guide and Spool pins
The machine bears two thread guides. The thread guides are to direct the thread all its way to the needle and give then the support for the necessary tension required in the thread to have a perfect stitch. To the top right corner of the machine, is the first thread guide. This thread guide helps the thread coming from the spool of thread to follow the direction which takes it to the tension control and provides it with the necessary height.
The second thread guide is nothing but a hook-like structure that we call the thread guide because it also directs the thread to the fine gaps leading the thread to the needle. It also makes the thread change its direction as the thread follows a straight path along the edge from the first thread guide. Spool pins are nothing but two cylindrical structures similar that hold the spool of thread. Two spool pins are made available for you to select and change the thread of your interest as and when required. Before inserting the spool of thread on the spool pin place a spool pin felt on the spool pin to give support the spool of thread you are going to place on the pin.
4. Tension Disc
The tension disc is placed right on top of the machine. The role of the disc comes into the picture while wrapping the bobbin with the thread from the spool of thread. Once you take hold of the end of the thread you want to put on the bobbin, the thread must pass through the left side of the tension control. Rotate the thread around the tension control once and bring the thread back from the right side of tension control forming an intersection between the thread. After forming a loop due to the intersection of thread rotated around the tension control put the end of the thread around the bobbin you want to use. You may refer to the arrows provided on the machine for better understanding.
5. Bobbin winding spindle
The Bobbin spindle is the rod-shaped structure adjacent to the thread guide placed on top of the machine. The bobbin spindle comes with a slider mechanism. This is used to wrap the thread around the class 15 bobbin given to you along with the machine. Also in case you need to buy some extra bobbins apart from the bobbins given with the combo, you must make sure that you purchase only the “class 15” transparent bobbins. The procedure for wrapping the bobbin with thread is very simple once you are comfortable with the working mechanism of thread guides and tension control.
As discussed in the earlier section, place the spool of thread you want to wind the bobbin with for your project; follow the directions and form a loop around the tension control by obeying the arrows mention on the machine. Once the thread is back from the tension control, hold the tip of the thread and put it in the hole on the “class 15” bobbin. There are two holes on the top and bottom of the “class 15” bobbin. You may put the thread in any of the provided holes. Properly hold the tip of the thread, ensure that the bobbin is placed at the bottom of the spindle and slide the bobbin to the right. Now press the foot control and allow the thread to go round the bobbins. Once the thread is able to wrap itself on the bobbin cut the tip of the thread passed through the the the the the the the hole, which you were holding. Now you may again place some more thread around the bobbin as per your need. That’s it!!! Your bobbin is now ready.
6. Reverse Lever
For the sake of securing the stitch at the beginning and the end, reverse lever plays a crucial role. A singer stitch machine is a C-shaped machine. The reverse lever is placed on the vertical section of the machine. Start stitching in the normal way you always do, after a few stitches on the fabric pull down the reverse lever. As the name suggests the reverse lever does the stitching in the backward direction. This guarantees that the stitches on the ends won’t come out. Do the exact same procedure once you come to the end stitching your fabric or cloth.
7. Stitch selector dial
The demand for the stitch may not be the same every time. The singer stitch 1304 takes care of the changing pattern of the stitches you need. It has a Stitch selector dial which makes it feasible for you to select a stitch accordingly. The machine includes three straight stitches; Short medium and long. It includes three zigzag stitches; narrow medium and wide. Also, the multi stitch, the hemstitch, scallop stitch are comprised within the dial; an adjustment for making a buttonhole. These adjustments make the machine more versatile for your work.
8. Presser foot & Presser foot lifter
The structure exactly below the needle tip is the presser foot and the shaft behind the machine is the presser foot lifter. Whenever the machine is not in use the presser foot must be raised above, you can raise the presser foot by raising the presser foot lifter. The time when you wish to sew you just need to put the fabric between the presser foot and the base and lower the presser foot by lowering the presser foot lifter. Do not lift or lower the presser foot lifter is there is no need, else will affect the functioning of the singer stitch 1304 machine.
9. Removable storage compartment & bobbin case
On the lower horizontal section of the singer stitch, 1304 is the removable storage compartment. This makes it super simple or you to store all the primary things required for your stitching journey. Just be careful when you remove the removable storage compartment as there is the needle which may cay a mishap.
The compartment is appropriate for storing things like needles, threads, zipper foot, and the buttonhole foot as well. Once you remove the removable storage compartment, there is the bobbin case where you put your bobbin in. As we have seen how to wrap up the bobbin with the thread, now it’s time to place the bobbin in the bobbin holder. Open the flap to see the bobbin case placed as shown in the above picture. Lift up the latch on the bobbin holder and pull out the bobbin holder outside.
Hold the tip of the thread on the bobbin you have prepared earlier and placed the bobbin In the bobbin holder. Check the direction of the thread. Put the tip of the thread in the notch on the upper edge of the bobbin holder. Direct the tip behind the metal flap until it comes out form the large opening which is a U-shaped opening in the middle of the metal flap. To place the bobbin back to its space again lift up the latch and carefully place the bobbin in its vacant place properly according to the shape of
the bobbin holder or the bobbin case. Make sure that that head is placed properly as it should not get tangled within itself.
Once you are done with the bobbin threading now its time for the outer threading. Before this activity we need to ensure two things, one is the take-up lever must be at its highest position also the presser foot must be to its highest position. AS we know to raise the take-up lever we need to rotate the wheel towards ourselves. To lift up the presser foot raise the presser foot lifter. Always remember to place the spool pin felt before you place the spool of thread on the spool pin. Place the thread on the spool pin you want to do your project with. Take hold of the tip of the thread and guide it through the thread guide parallel to the upper horizontal surface of the machine. Now, direct the thread through another thread guide i.e the hook beside the tension control. Let the thread pass through the gap according to the arrows; once it reaches down to the needle pass it through the hook and then put it in the needle eye. Finally, lower the presser foot so that you start your stitching project.
11.Changing the needle
If in case there is an issue with the needle, you can change the needle very easily. The needle may break or may become blunt which may reduce the efficiency and accuracy of your work. For this use, the screwdriver provided with the accessories. Above the needle is the needle clamp screw, now loosen the screw with the help of a screwdriver and remove the old needle. Now place the new one and tighten the screw. But while replacing the new needle with the old one remember that the flat side is facing the back of your machine. Bravo!! Now you are absolutely ready for your stitching tour with the singer stitch 1304.
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