Our guest presenter, Paul Taylor, began the meeting with a video entitled “How a Sewing Machine Works.” The video demonstrated an excellent see-through animation of a sewing machine as it forms stitches and feeds fabric. Paul talked about thread tension, needle timing and feed timing, hoping to make sewing machines and their inner workings less mysterious and more approachable. He then showed a series of slides, “Stories from the Service Trenches,” demonstrating the difficulties he has seen when servicing machines. Many of these problems were lint related, and underlined the importance of cleaning the feed dogs and bobbin area on a regular basis.
Paul describes himself as a freelance sewing machine technician. He has a background in electronics and began this area of work in 2016 in a shop in Burlington and now works out of his home. Paul’s wife, Leann Goodall was also present and is the current president of the Halton Quilters Guild. His company website is: www.sewtec.ca. His presentation was very informative and he was able to answer many questions. There are two pictures of Paul, he made the quilt he is showing. The last picture under "Show and Share" was made by Paul's wife.