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How to Calculate Stitches Per Minute?

To calculate stitches per minute (SPM), you will need to know the motor RPM (revolutions per minute) and the reduction ratio of your sewing machine.

  • Motor RPM: This is the number of times the motor shaft rotates in one minute. It can be found in the sewing machine manual or on a sticker on the machine.

  • Reduction ratio: This is the number of times the needle bar rotates for every rotation of the motor shaft. It is usually written as a fraction, such as 1:1, 1:2, or 1:4.

To calculate SPM, you can use the following formula:

SPM = Motor RPM / Reduction Ratio

For example, if your sewing machine has a motor RPM of 1000 and a reduction ratio of 1:4, then your SPM would be 250.

SPM can be a helpful measurement to know when you are sewing, as it can help you determine how fast or slow you need to sew to achieve the desired results. For example, if you are sewing a delicate fabric, you may want to sew at a slower SPM to avoid damaging the fabric.

Here are some additional tips for calculating stitches per minute:

  • Make sure that your sewing machine is properly threaded and oiled. A dirty or improperly threaded machine can affect the accuracy of your stitches.

  • Use a consistent stitch length and width. This will help to ensure that your stitches are even and consistent.

  • Use a sharp needle. A dull needle can cause skipped stitches.

  • Use high-quality thread. Poor-quality thread can cause skipped stitches.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your stitches are even, consistent, and accurate.


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