Some of the most common sewing machine issues I hear are:
- “The bobbin thread is bunching up around the bobbin”,
- “I have loops under the fabric”,
- “It looks great on the top but the bottom looks awful!”,
- “No matter how high I turn the tension on my bobbin, I still get a mess on the bottom side of the fabric!”,
- “I keep lowering the upper tension but I still get loops underneath!”
- “It’s the tension”
- or something similar.
Something like this: Continue reading The loosest thread – Those pesky thread nests
simply re-threading your machine when you have problems with it.
A quick note today folks! I’m inside waiting for the anti-inflammatories to kick in before I go back outside to do some bodywork on the truck so I thought I’d jot down a little note for you.
The traditional advice when you start to have tension problems with a machine seems to be “Re-thread it. Everything, the bobbin case and the top”.
Most of the time that usually means that people yank the thread out from the back – or some will cut it and remove from the front – then they re-thread and…. it doesn’t fix it. Sometimes it will but often it doesn’t.
Why? Continue reading Quick Note: Why I don’t recommend…
Just a quick note tonight folks! Really.
One the the biggest problems I find that people have with “newer” sewing machines is a terminology problem.
In the car world, an automatic transmission shifts for you. It automatically does what you would have to do manually otherwise.
Automatic as far as your tensioner is concerned is Continue reading Automatic Tension isn’t.
In the last post, we talked about ways that thread nests can be solved from a user point of view. Today, I’m getting into the slightly more technical ways that the nests happen and how to deal with them, or when to take it in for service.
Category 2: Possibly user fixable or take it in – Depending on skill and comfort level
Continue reading Out of the nest – Ditching the Thread nests part 2
One of the most common issues that people bring machines to me for is tension.
The thing about it is that – in most cases – the tension issues are really not something that I need to address as a technician . Don’t get me wrong, there are some legitimate issues – mis-assembled tensioners or severely clogged up tensioners – to name a couple. Continue reading Fly little nestling – Ditching the Thread nests part 1
Note: Amended date! I goofed ladies and gentlemen, April 16th is the date, not March!
Update: 2014-04-09 – It looks like the Evening class is tentatively full (may be able to open 1 more spot) and there is one left open for the morning class. If you wanted to get in, now’s your chance! We’ve been chatting about the possibility of me doing the class again in the future in William’s Lake, but there’s no firm timeline for it.
OK, so it’s not quite a million miles but I bet it feels like it by the time I get home.
I’m going to be teaching people just like you how to service and restore their vintage machines in BC next month! 🙂
Beauties like this:
The Cariboo Piecemakers quilt guild has asked me to speak to the group about vintage sewing machines at their Tuesday meeting. The following day I will be doing a marathon training session.
The class is in William’s Lake, B.C. Canada (approximately 3 hours out of Kamloops) the Wednesday before Easter (
March APRIL 16th) at the Pioneer Complex, and we have just added a second session and there’s currently a little room left. The tentative times for the classes are 10am to 3pm with a break for lunch and 5pm to 9pm. If you’re interested in attending, leave me a comment below or contact me here.
Here’s what I’m planning to cover: Continue reading A Million Miles – traveling to speak and teach!
Ergonomics Part 1: (This post ended up far longer than I’d intended (yeah, shocking, I know!), so I will split it into 2, and offer you part 2 tomorrow.)
Lately, I’ve noticed that I hunch a lot when I sew. This is on the longarm or at the domestic machines. The result of this is that I “hurt” and I can’t sew for long periods of time. So I thought I’d talk today a little about ergonomics, both at the stand up and sit down types of machines and your cutting table. Continue reading Back in the Saddle – Take care of your back
Note: I’ve noticed lately that the photos in the posts look blurry and low quality. This is not true if you click on them to look at them. Until I figure out what it is that’s doing this, please click on the images to see them the way I intended for them to look for you.
As some of you may know, my APQS Lucey was delivered on November 1. She waited patiently until November 5 for setup because when I bought the machine, part of the deal was for Matt from Sparrow Studioz to come set it up. You also may know him as manquilter. He’s a local quilting rockstar.
I loved this idea because I knew that she’d be set up, level and running perfectly with her leadergrips sewn in (and straight) before he left. Sure I can probably service Lucey, maybe even with one eye closed, but it doesn’t mean I want to tinker like that all the time and certainly not right out of the box. This was great peace of mind, and permission to be in creative mode, not techie mode right off the bat.
The wait was slightly agonizing. Yes, I know those of you who have known me for years are thinking “Wow, that’s the understatement of the century!” After all, I’m not known for my patience. 😉
That said, it was mostly “easy” to wait. She arrived Friday, then Saturday and Sunday I had classes at Sparrow Studioz. Monday, I had a white featherweight to service, a sewing circle (sometimes referred to as a “Stitch n B*tch”) to attend and a very well deserved chiropractor appointment. Realistically, I wasn’t going to be able to set her up before Tuesday myself anyway.
Tuesday, though… Continue reading Rockstar – In my quilt studio!
The day I went to post bail for Lucey, it happened – riiiiiippppp. Oh No! My favorite jeans! I’ve long since passed the age (and lost the figure) where I feel like I can get away with wearing ripped jeans, but patched jeans, especially form fitting ones are so uncomfortable. I’ve used every sort of patch I can think of and they all leave a bump where they are and seem to chafe a little. The best one to date though was a scrap of batik fabric.
The longer I quilt, the less I seem to be willing to “sew” – and that definitely includes darning – but not having an unlimited clothing budget means I don’t get to just throw out what has fallen apart at the seams or self destructed somewhere other than a seam.
Today, I want to talk about how to make darning a little less “horrible” for us quilters.
Ready? Pretend you’re Continue reading Bad Seamstress Blues – Patchless darning is the same as free motion
This is not likely to be a well loved post. I keep hearing something that’s making me a little crazy, and I have to get it off my chest.
Made in China, Made In Taiwan, Made In India, Made in Thailand. All of these do not have to equal worse quality.
The Far Eastern factories will build to any quality that you want. If you want higher quality, it will cost you more. Continue reading China Girl – It’s time to stop blaming China for quality issues