It looks pretty much like a regular sewing machine without the knobs, buttons and thread guides. It operates with a foot pedal similar to a sewing machine.
The business end of the machine holds 12 felting needles and has plastic guards to prevent you from needling your fingers. There's also a presser foot and take up lever. There are no feed dogs, so when you operate the machine, it's free-motion. The needles go up and down and you move the work freely beneath. This baby makes needle felting go fast.
I made a bunch of little test swatchies and had all sorts of fun experimenting. Here are the results!
All wool blend felt, background with 2 circles layered on top. These felted so smoothly to the base that you can barely feel the dimension of the layers. Amazing! And look at the back shot below. This would be great for a scarf or something that is 2 sided.
A few tips:
- When needle felting yarn or small pieces of roving, it's a good idea to "hand tack" the piece to the background just a bit with a single needle or a Clover hand felting tool just to make sure it stays put while you're putting it into the machine.
- Steaming your work after felting can get rid of some of the needle marks you may get in wool blend felt
- Always make test swatches
- There is such thing as too much felting! This machine gets the job done very fast. Too much needling can make holes in your fabric.
Have you tried needle felting? By hand or machine? If you have any tips or ideas you'd like me to try, let me know!