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Researching a new machine

Well I haven’t been able to take my machine to the shop where i purchased as yet. It makes a horrible grinding noise and the bobbin winder doesn’t work either. Although i’m grateful during this economy to have my job, it does get in the way of the funner things in life like sewing.

I’m currently visiting various sites to find an inexpensive, basic sewing machine just so i can finish these projects quickly (especially the quillow). It’s great that people can add comments about their experiences with the products they’ve purchased such as on Target and Walmart sites. There seems to be a lot of good feedback for Brother brand sewing machines, more so than for Singer. I also found a site called FixYa where you can ask a question but then for a fee they will give you the answer to help trouble shoot or fix the problem. This is a good site though to help you determine what machines are prone to breaking down easily, etc. Replacement manuals are also available for $15 from the Singer site (my current sewing machine ), i may have to get one if i can’t find mine. If you are looking for a new machine, hope some of these sites and their info can help you out.

December 29, 2009 Posted by | sewing | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BeepBeep

Yesterday I attended a class to learn how to work my new sewing machine. Although I had experimented at home with it, it kept beeping and stopping. Upon checking the owner’s manual, it went into a long drawn out explanation that gave the impression the beeping had to do with the settings. I was so glad when yesterday I started sewing in class and it began giving me the same problem. The teacher at first was just as perplexed. So she adjusted the thread somewhat. Still beeped. She took the thread out altogether and rethreaded the whole thing. Beeping stopped. As the class progressed I noticed a little tab peeking out from underneath my machine. Unsure if i might break something i none the less pulled on it. Low and behold it was a little trouble-shooting cheat sheet! And there under number 19 (a little light flashed on stitch number 19 when it beeped) it mentioned “may need to readjust threading”.

I also learned that i didn’t have to follow the instructions per letter in the owner’s manual for my bobbin. The book gave a complicated process that i was having trouble with. The teacher said i could do it like i’ve always done, just wind the loose end about 5-7 times around the bobbin and go. worked just fine.  I’m such a rule follower that it makes me nervous to try something new, different. What am i afraid of? i don’t know, it’s something i’m working to overcome – sometimes the rules can be broken with no harm done. This is what i’m hoping to work on by quilting. Yes there are certain rules but doesn’t appear so when it comes to fabric – Colors do not need to match – it can be as wild and as funky as i want it to be. looking forward to these experiments.

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Quilting, sewing | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment