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Old 11-22-2009, 03:02 PM
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Sewing Machine Question

Hello all. I'm new to this forum, but have enjoyed reading the very informative posts on upholstery techniques and have learned that there are a lot of things I don't know about sewing. My wife does clothing alterations and has a number of garment machines, such as single-needle, double-needle, serging, hemming, etc. As I've been reading here, I ask her questions about types of stitches and how her machines work.

We bought out another alterations shop about 12 years ago and in the machines we got a Union Special 63400 B single needle machine. It appears to be pretty heavy compared to her other machines and the manual says it is for "miscellaneous plain seaming operations on medium and medium heavy weight work, 1 13/64" needle bar travel". It has a 115V clutch motor on it. Can I use this machine for upholstery work? I'm wanting to make some new seat covers and recover the door panels on my 76 Mustang.

I found the manual for it here:

The needle that is called out in the manual is a "Type 180 GXS or 180 GYS". The sizes it can handle are "075/029, 080/032, 090/036, 100/040, 110/044, 125/049, 140/054, and 150/060". Which of these would be needed for the 92 polyster thread?

If anyone could help me decipher all this, I would appreciate the help.

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