Free Machine Embroidery Scales of Justice and Blog on the Autumn Equinox


We who sew know that one of the most important things in sewing is the “tension”.  In otherwords, the correct balance between the upper and lower threads. I mused this past month in reading some comments like “oh, my machine does NOT like Coates & Clark thread” or “Oh, my machine does not like Maderia thread” …….

What I learned is that people who believe this have been “mislead” by their sewing machine dealer or repair shop. A sewing machine is a mechanical piece of equipment that operates according to the “settings”.  If your repair shop sells a specific brand of thread, I learned, quite by accident, that they adjust the bobbin or the auto threader to the weight of the thread they sell.   Likewise, if a Manufacture sells thread as well as machines, the machines will be “balanced” to the weight thread they sell.  Then, if you use a different weight of thread they will say….oh no, you must use this thread because your machine doesn’t like “that thread”. Do you see the picture now?  In order to make more money and sell the product, ( i.e., brand of thread the dealer carries) the bobbin is adjusted to work with that weight of thread……

Therefore, it appears to be necessary when you take your machine for service to take the thread you use and ask your repairman to be sure to set the settings for the brand of thread you use.

It seemed that an appropriate design for “balance” would be the Libra zodiac of the scales.     Libra is Latin for “weighing scales”.   In Babylonian astrology,  Libra was known as “scales” or “balance”.  To the Romans, Libra represented the scales of justice being held by the goddess Virgo or Astraea.   However, to me , it appears that the “Scales of Justice” got misconstrued or hi-jacked by the legal system.  Some mythology states that the Libra sign, now ironically referred to as the “scales of justice”, actually was meant to represent the equal balance of light and dark for the autumnal equinox.   The interesting thing about the autumnal equinox is that in “layman terms” the Fall Equinox is the first day of fall and is when, in the Northern Hemisphere, there begins shorter days and longer nights and in the Southern Hemisphere, you have just the opposite, longer days and shorter night.  However, on the ONE day of the Autumnal Equinox, both day and night are equal, with 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark.  Therefore, you have the Scales for equal-ness.

Hmmmm ..  Anyone who has been involved in the legal systems knows there is no “equal balance”. The winner feels that justice has been served and the loser is convinced that it has not so the so-called “scale of justice” appears to be a figment of some slick Lawyer’s imagination, tipping the scales far to one side from the other…anything but “equal-ness”.  . Furthermore, most of the time “justice” is bought by the person who has the most money to pay for some “slick , over-rated, over-paid lawyer.”  So much for Lady Justice.

Now, the Astrological significance of all this is that the Libra astrological sign begins on the day of the Fall Equinox. Thus, Libra’s symbol– representing the equal balance of light and dark, being the scale.     Now, more interesting is that the day the Autumnal equinox falls on…. changes, depending on the year. According to the Farmers Almanac, in 2011, the day is September 23. However, in 2012, the day was September 22.

Thus, if you were born on either the 22 or the 23rd of September , you might be a Virgo one year and a Libra another year! Think how much fun you can have being two different signs!

Stay informed and stay “balanced” in all things!