Monday, 17 January 2011


For Christmas hubby bought me a second hand sewing machine as I had decided that 2011 was going to be the year when I made more handmade items. Usually if I sew I hand sew but this is not viable if I am going to be making items for my stall at the fairs I will be attending as it take so long.

Today as I was reading through blogs I came across Annie of The Felt Fairy’s blog -  A Monthly Make 2011 - and thought YES!!! So I duly signed up to it and as it was my day off I decided that some projects that I had in mind would be started. I would not put if off any longer I would get out my new machine and begin.
2011 Monthly Make
I sat down and threaded my machine – well after 20 attempts of reading the manual and threading and rethreading I sussed that part out, I pulled the thread through the bobbin, yes I was set to go – although it took me ages to find how the feed arm came down. Not to waste good material I did a test piece on some felt, OK I have this cracked I thought. Placing my material in the required spot I put my foot to the pedal – hold on something is not quite right, I took my material out to find 101 threads on the underside of the bobbin and a ball of cottons on the underside of my material, OK unravel it, unpick the cotton, rethread the bobbin and start again..... 2 hours later and nothing had been produced apart from a lot of swearing and cussing and the odd tear of frustration.

Rather than throw it across the room and stomp on it as I would really like to do I packed it away until I felt calmer.  Half a bottle of Rescue Remedy later I am feeling a little better and more in control of myself. 

 I am sure it is something simple and can be easily remedied but for now I will just have to revert to hand sewing. Now where did I put my thimble......


  1. Oh dear, sounds like either it isn't threaded quite right, or the tension is out, very frustrating! What sort of machine is it?

  2. This happens to me all the time - i am told it is to do with the tension! Ha tension, it gives me bloomin tension and makes me swear at the machine! No wonder I am so scared of my machine that I prefer hand sewing!!

  3. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww bless you....Poor thing how frustrating. You were so right to put it away. Another day you will crack it and you will be wizzing through things in no time. In the mean time enjoy the peace of hand sewing ;-)) Good luck, Dee x

  4. my machine belonged to my mum and it can be a tad temperamental at times, and does the same thing that yours has done.
    I found it was caused by the thread- if I put cotton in top and bobbbin it didn't like it, so now I use polyester thread in one and cotton in the other and it doesn't do it.
    It doesn't seem to matter where you put what, so long as it's different!
    Failing that try using the Rescue Remedy ON the machine!!

  5. oh I HATE it when my bobbins do things like that. Good for you for putting it away and having a bit of 'remedy' I'm more prone to throwing things-

  6. I'm a bit scared of sewing machines. I can only hand sew x


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