Singer Promise 1408 is another beginner sewing machine from the singer with all the essential features required to unravel your creativity in the regime of fashion. The device comes up with a satisfactory package of the best components, such as automatic buttonholes, simple stitch selection, darning plate, etc. to make your dreams into reality. If you wish to pursue your hobby of stitching. You can have the most excellent start with this machine. Let us now explore the key features of the device.
Critical features of Singer 1408
|Specs of Singer 1408 promise|
Item model Number
Singer 1408 promise
45 x 35 cm
The major components of the machine
- Thread take-up lever
- Thread tension dial
- Thread spool
- Pattern selector dial
- Bobbin winding spindle
- Thread cutter
- Power switch
- Presser foot
- Power cord
- Needle plate
- Power plug socket
- Removable extension
- Foot controller
- Stitch length dial
- Thread guide
All-purpose foot, Zippe foot, Bobbins, Pair of needles, Seam ripper, L screwdriver, Buttonhole foot, Button sewing foot, Spool pin felt, Quilting Guide, Darning plate
The optional accessories that are required for advanced operations can be availed from the market from singer retailers. However, the individuals are required to use the accessories that are mentioned to be compatible with singer 1408 .
Working with Singer 1408
Connecting the machine
Plugin the chord to the socket seen on the side of the sewing machine and connect it to the polarized power supply. To switch the machine on, press on the black switch provided. The system will be ready to work in, and the lights will be on. You may then place the fabric and adjust the foot to start sewing. The foot controller will control the speed of the machine.
Free arm and the flatbed
The singer promise machine has a free arm for dealing with the hard to reach areas. The free arm of the machine can be pulled apart if not required while sewing. Once the arm is removed, you may use the tubular portion for stitching handcuffs, pants, sweater hands, etc. For stitching normal clothes you may again do the extension insertion and the sewing machine will be capable of executing stitches on its flatbed. The free arm component of the machine can be used as a compartment for accessory storage as well.
The darning plate
The feed dog must be covered, in case if you wish to execute a free motion stitching. The presser foot must be disengaged from the clamp to attach the darning plate over the feed dog. Once the plate is fixed, attach the corresponding foot to execute the stitch of your choice. For decorative stitches, an optional darning foot must be purchased from the retailer outlets. However, the darning plate is also essential in executing simple buttonhole stitches because of its capability to avoid fading of clothes while being stitched by the machine.
The presser foot can be lifted to three extreme lift positions for various needs. The lowest position is meant for regular sewing. The second position can be utilized to remove the fabric and placing the same and for removing the foot. The extreme position is used for removing fabrics of higher thickness like blankets, woolen clothes, etc. To change the presser foot simply disengage the presser foot from the clamp. Once the presser foot is removed from the machine. You may replace it with the needed foot. To engage it again. Descend the lifter till the foot needle align properly with the slot on the clamp. The foot automatically engages if the position maintained is perfect.
Winding the bobbin
To wind the bobbin, initially place the thread spool on the vertical thread spool pin. Draw the thread towards the other end. Maintaining thread tension with the right hand, rotate the thread clockwise on the tension disc. Drag the thread and insert it through any one hole present on the bobbin and place it on the bobbin spindle to initiate winding. Once kept, move the spindle towards the right corner to avoid the bobbin getting off from the machine. Hold the thread end till a single winding is done. Leave the thread for the ensuing winding. Once the winding is done full, the bobbin is ready for launching into the shuttle.
Pull the bobbin cover to take the bobbin case out, insert the bobbin into the case, and pull the thread out of the slit seen on the side of the case. By holding the hinge of the case, insert the bobbin back to the case.
Threading is one such prominent part while working in sewing machines. If not done properly, it would cause trouble for the machine. For threading, place the thread on to the thread spool and draw the thread end and then follow the thread guide, thread the slits down and up to reach the slotted eye of the lever. After threading the lever take down the thread to reach the needle. Insert the thread from back to front. The bobbin thread can be pulled up by descending the needle down to the feed dog to reach near the inner shuttle. The needle will automatically pull the bobbin thread out, once it comes out of the feed dog slit.
To adjust the bobbin tension, turn the screw right or left to loosen or tighten the thread. To test the thread tensions in the bobbin, you may simply hold the thread coming out of the bobbin and jerk the thread to see if the bobbin is moving down when it is hung down from the thread. The manual adjustment of the upper thread tension can be done by turning the dial to a higher or a lower value. However, you may proceed with the default tension setting in the machine. Most sewing projects are carried out at a thread tension of 4.
The machine is provided with many options for sewing. The various stitch pattern can be seen on the surface of the stitch pattern selector dial. The pattern selector dial can be turned towards the right or left to have the required selection of the stitches. The stitch of your choice must align perfectly with the indicator seen on the top of the dial .
Stitch length adjuster
The stitch length adjuster can be used to adjust the stitch length. For Zig –Zag stitches turn the pattern selector to Zig –Zag and adjust the stitch length to execute the apt stitches. The length adjuster will aid in executing a decent buttonhole stitch with such perfect consistency if the length adjustment is done properly.
The reverse lever helps in carrying out the operation of securing stitches at the ends of the fabric. Once the end stitching is done in a reverse manner, the chances of getting the fabric puckered is very less and the clothing will remain intact for years.
Utility stitching type
Utility stitches include regular stitches and Zig-zag stitches. For regular straight stitches, select any one among the three mentioned straight stitches on the dial. There is an option to adjust the needle positions for stitching operations such as center sewing or regular parallel end sewing for curtains fabric bottoms etc.
Zig-zag stitching is done for finishing or overcasting. You may see the zig-zag type of stitches on pillow covers, handkerchief, and many other apparels. For the Zig-Zag type of stitching choose the pattern zig-zag in the pattern selector, adjust the stitch length with the length adjuster and carry out the stitching operation to produce ravishing results with great perfection.
To achieve a satin Zig –Zag, adjust the stitch length to a lower number and execute stitching by placing fabric under the needle. Another important utility stitch is a multi stitch Zig-Zag. This can be used to attach elastics to clothes.
Buttonhole stitching is an important stitching operation used to execute a perfect buttonhole. Singer 1408 uses a four-step buttonhole operation. Before starting mark the fabric the exact width and length of the buttonhole. Remove the all-purpose foot and replace it with the buttonhole foot. Attach the buttonhole to the foot clamp and place the fabric underneath and descend the needle. Adjust the stitches with the stitch length selector and execute the stitches inside the gaps of the
buttonhole to obtain the horizontal and vertical stitches for a consistent hole. Once done, remove the fabric in the space between the stitches .The buttonhole is ready.
For sewing button, it is better advised to slip on the darning plate on the surface of the feed dog. Once done, snap on the button sewing foot replacing the all-purpose foot. Place the fabric with the button on it under the foot in such a way that the holes of the button are aligned straight with the slits provided in the foot. If not aligned properly there are chances for the needle to go broken. Descent the needle carefully so that the needle slides down into the buttonholes and drops sutures inside. For 4 holes button, it is always advised to carry out stitching in the front end holes and then push the fabric and do the back end stitching. The pattern selector for sewing buttons should be selected in such a way that the length is equal to the width of the hole. An approximate value of 10 sutures should be carried out in the fabric for each hole.