Thursday, 22 November 2012

Sewing niggles...

This is one of the many things that annoys me about sewing and it all comes back to the same point - I don't know what I'm doing.  I don't know what I'm doing with the machine this time (as opposed to not knowing about patterns) and so things like this happen.  Can anyone out there shed any light?  Or has anyone else had these problems?

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This first one was a good learning experience - the people in your local sewing machine shop are AMAZING.  I had my machine serviced and about 2 weeks later this started happening.  I don't know if you can tell from the photo but the end of the needle has broken off and when you lower the needle it hits the foot, hence why it broke in the first place.  I was so annoyed at the time, thinking it was something to do with it being serviced, maybe they'd set the foot wrong or something.  Nope, turns out I'm an idiot trying to do a zig zag stitch through a regular straight stitch foot.  That's right folks - there are different feet for different stitches.  Who knew?!  Certainly not me, as the broken end of the needle went whizzing past, a hair's breadth from my cornea.  I need goggles to sew, it's a high risk activity.  The lady in the sewing machine shop spent a patient 20 minutes explaining this problem to me, my goodness I felt like an idiot...

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This one I have yet to fathom.  From time to time, apparently randomly, my machine decides it wants to cause this little mess at the back of my sewing.  It's always where I've started sewing, there's a horrendous 'GNNNNN' sound, the needle refuses to move then all of a sudden it shoots away like the man Bolt, sewing every which way but the way you want and occasionally across my thumb in the process.  When I finally get it under control and turn my work over, there's this nice little bird's nest awaiting me.  Fun times.  It's at this point that I pour myself a large glass of wine and take up my knitting instead.

Anyone else got sewing woes to share? 


5 comments:

wendy said...

Well, I have certainly done the first a few times and I'm waiting to sere if anyone comments on why the second one happens and how to prevent that knotty mess. I manage to do that nearly every time I sew!

M-J said...

I often get that mess at the back, and usually cos I am sewing something for myself and nothing too fancy, I just ignore it and carry on. But I think I've discovered what causes it. I think it's to do with the bobbin thread not being picked up properly. It seems to happen on mine if I haven't "clicked" the bobbin into place properly. It looks like it's in place, but then when I push it it'll click and then solve the problem. If that makes sense? Doesn't always work, and since I've only sewn a few material things I'm not sure that is what causes it, but it seems to work for me! I mostly sew on cards, so it's frustrating when it goes wrong as often the sewing is the last thing and it ruins the card if that happens. sigh. x

Lainey said...

I agree with M-J re. the second issue. I get those tangles when the bobbin isn't threaded correctly. My machine is over 40 years old, so trouble-shooting online is nearly impossible as it's practically a museum peice :)

Mary said...

Oh God, I'm hoping to take on my Grandma's sewing machine soon and this has scared me. I don't want needles flying into my eyes!

Amy said...

Thanks ladies - MJ your tip worked a treat, thank you!

Mary - invest in some goggles!