Friday, August 22, 2008

Sewing Machine Tension

I have been working on a gift for a friend. I started a week and a half ago and I am having a terrible time with my sewing machine. The stitches on the top of the material look great but the stitches underneath are a jumbled mess! Here I sit, merrily sewing along, blissfully unaware that underneath my project trouble is brewing. This blissfulness is interrupted by an abrupt stop of my needle. The machine completely stops and either moans at me or the thread snaps...either of which is not good.

I have been to too many sewing websites than I care to count. All have offered me tons and tons of troubleshooting advice. I called and called and called the Singer helpline and every time I called, the message told me that they were only available during certain hours and that if it wasn't those hours to call back during those specific hours... never mind the fact that is WAS within those hours! I have even gotten the sage advice of my mother-in-law who is quite the seamstress. All to no avail!

However, I have learned all about the tension of my machine and how to adjust it. I have learned how to remove the needle plate, clean the feed dogs, and how to clean and lubricate the hook in the bobbin case. (I learned what feed dogs are!) I relearned how to thread the bobbin (just in case that was the trouble) and how to thread the upper thread (just in case again). I've relearned how to change the needle.

I learned all that and somehow something worked. My machine is now working and today I was able to finish this project. I have no idea what the problem was but one of the million things that I tried actually worked and now I can sew!

The project that I have been working on is a Gratitude Wrap following the free pattern by Soulemama. Thank goodness it's done!

The pockets of this wrap are supposed to be filled with some items intended for writing notes of gratitude. However, this is headed to a friend who has a close friend moving. I am hoping that this, in a small way, will help to make the distance between these two not seem so far. So, this is not so much a gratitude wrap as it is a friendship across the miles wrap.

I included a set of note cards embellished with scrap booking paper and stickers...

A notebook recovered with scrapbook paper, brown tape and a bow...

Every time I read what's on that notebook, I think it says, "Oh the joys of wild living!" Funny.


  1. This is an amazing gift. Well done friend! I love it.
    BTW: I continue to be impressed at your sewing,crafting skills and by the fact that you jump right in and learn.
    Thank you!!!!!

  2. You're welcome, it was fun.

    Thanks for the compliment but this learning takes a lot of messing up too! It most certainly isn't all impressive.