Purchasing an Oekaki Renaissance
Yes, it does! Press the Oekaki button, then go to A3 on the computerised menu. You then put the foot pedal down on the fabric and press once with your foot on the foot pedal and it’ll make one stitch. You can then lift the foot again, and move your fabric along (tacking doesn’t move the fabric for you) before putting the foot back down on the fabric and tapping the pedal again. It means you can control how big the tacking stitches are. I sometimes find it’s best to firmly hold the fabric coming out the back of the machine and grip the thread so that when I push the next bit of fabric into the machine, the threads don’t come loose. I use the tacking/baste stitch all the time and I honestly couldn’t live without it!
The RRP for the Oekaki Renaissance is £599/€649. However the actual sales price may vary. Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Machine Features and Help
The Oekaki naturally raises the needle position to ‘up’ when you finish sewing a seam, this may be causing problems for you. When sewing you need to ensure that you allow the needle position to rise so you can free the fabric. We recommend stopping a stitch short and rising the needle out of the fabric manually with the handwheel if you prefer this.
Absolutely! You’ll need an extra spool pin for the secondary thread and a compatible twin needle. Simply thread the machine up, as usual, using two threads where you’d usually have one, then thread each needle in the twin needle. It is not recommended to use the twin needle with the Oekaki mode for free motion embroidery!
You may need to increase your tension on either the top tension dial or on the bobbin. The tension is what helps keep the stitches neat and secure.
To put your Oekaki Renaissance in free motion embroidery mode, first, make sure you’re using the embroidery foot provided with your machine. Press the Oekaki button, and use the stitch selection panel to set the speed you’d like to sew it. Use the foot pedal to control the width of your stitch. To prepare your fabric, we suggest starting off with a mid to heavy weight fabric – these are easier for free motion embroidery! For extra stability, place your fabric in an embroidery hoop or apply stiff interfacing before sewing. Once your machine and fabric are ready, start sewing: practice makes perfect! A great place to get started is by viewing the video and the sewing blog. There are lists of tutorials, lots of ideas and templates if you’re not sure.
To work the needle threader you need to thread the machine as normal down to the last part where you would normally thread the eye of the needle. To use the needle threader, simply pull down the needle threader lever, hook your thread around the hook and continue pulling the lever until the threader rotates and threads the needle. You can see the full process at around 3 minutes into our threading guide video here. If you believe this is a problem with the machine please contact us.
The best stitch to use for stretch fabric is the lightning stitch – it looks like a zig-zag stitch but more uneven like a lightning bolt. Alternatively, you can use the standard zig-zag stitch on a wide stitch length.