I have had several inquiries about what was meant by the needle being close to the head of the machine. Hopefully this illustration will help.
My Singer is put away, so this last illustration I used a ruler instead of an actual rope basket in the making. With the greater distance, once the base is sewn, the rope can only be raised at an angle, thus making a bowl. With the Singer, it would be able to go upright to form a basket like the one shown.
I really appreciate your feedback and inquiries. Hope this helps!!