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Sewing Machine Magic: How Your Machine Makes Stitches

I’ve been doing some research for my next book and came across this wonderful animation that shows how a sewing machine links the upper thread and bobbin thread to make stitches. Have you ever wondered how this happens? To tell the truth, I never did until just now. Once I saw how clever the stitching mechanism is, though, I was impressed all over again by the ingenuity of these machines we quilters rely on every day.

How your sewing machine makes stitches.

Image by ru:user:NikolayS (ru:Файл:Lockstitch.gif) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Nichole A. February 19, 2014, 1:10 pm

    That is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary February 19, 2014, 8:19 pm

    Now, this is perfect! I love it! In my mind I just couldn’t picture it, although I now see I was pretty close. I may “borrow” this from you sometime, if you don’t mind. Thanks, thanks, thanks!

  • Janice February 20, 2014, 6:09 am

    You picked the perfect time to show this. Last week when we where sewing my machine was acting up and I was complaining to my sisters that I had no idea how it did what it did. Then you show me!

    • Felicity Walker February 22, 2014, 11:35 am

      Thanks for the comments, everybody. I never understood how stitches were made until I saw this. The graphic came from Wikimedia Commons, so you can share it with anyone you’d like as long as you give credit to the original maker. The information about him is in a box at the bottom of the post.

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