Brother PC-420 PRW; sewing through bulky fabrics…

Posted by on March 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm.

Besides the fun aspects of sewing, like creating and designing clothes, sometimes you have to do a bit of maintenance. Over the past week, I’ve done my fair share with pants alterations for my father. I finished the pant legs using the blind hem stitch on my PC-420 PRW.

About an hour ago, I did some more sewing maintenance… this time for my daughter.

My Brother PC-420 sewed through multiple layers of fabric without issue.

My Brother PC-420 sewed through multiple layers of fabric without issue.

 

The front panels of her uniform had come undone and so I sewed that back into place.

My daughter was pleased that her book bag was repaired.

My daughter was pleased that her book bag was repaired.

 

Additionally, her book bag was coming apart at the top of the bag. It’s been repaired.

At times she likes to yank on the bag to tug it out of tight places. Naturally that puts stress on that area, and over time some of the seams came undone. She’s stopped doing that, since I told her not to do that, but I still needed to repair her book bag. I must say, that this store bought book bag was poorly constructed, but that’s a rant for another day…

I was pleased that my Brother PC420, was able to sew through multiple layers of fabric and padding without an issue. In hindsight, I should have taken “before” pictures to accompany the “after” photos.

Presser foot

Presser foot

Brother PC-420 PRW: How to sew over multiple layers of fabric.

  1. Locate the black button on the presser foot.
  2. If you’re already sewing –  Stop sewing (right before you start to sew over thick or multiple layer fabric stop sewing).
  3. Raise your presser foot. If you’re already sewing and getting ready to sew over multiple thickness make sure the needle is in the down position (needle still inserted into the fabric).
  4. Push in the black button in before you lower the presser foot. This button holds the presser foot level. When the presser foot is supported by the fabric, the black button will pop out again.

Edited to add…

Don’t forget to use the appropriate needle for sewing through thicker fabrics. I use a 90/14 or 100/16 for the fabrics above.

 

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