This tip is on why the start and stop position
of a sewing machine is so important. This is the position in which the machine is either ready to start forming the next stitch,
or is finished setting the previous stitch. They are both one in the same, as far as the machine is concerned. This is the
position in which the machine is ready to let you remove the bobbin case, install or remove the needle or raise
the presser foot and remove your work. It is the machines start and stop position. It is NOT just when the needle is up. If
you'll look at the animation below, you'll see the action of a stitch being formed. What you don't see is the thread take
up lever in this animation. Let's take the formation of a stitch one step at a time.
The cycle begins with the last stitch being set. The starting point is when the take
up lever is all the way up. If you own a sewing machine that automatically stops with the needle up, it
also brings the take up lever all the way up. If your machine does this, you could stop reading now and go purchase The Universal Thread Holder because your machine automatically goes to the start and stop position. Or you could continue on and learn why the
position of the take up lever is so crucial. Then you can go and purchase The Universal Thread Holder.
On some machines you cannot see the take
up lever, it is hidden behind a cover. In this case simply turn the handwheel the way the machine runs until the needle is
at it's highest point. Continue turning the handwheel until the needle comes back down a few millimeters (around 1/8 of an
inch for the metric challenged). At this point the take up lever is at it's highest point. Otherwise known as (you guessed
it) the start and stop position!