I'm Mechanically Inclined - NOT!

ritaweedaOctober 8, 2011

A couple of days ago I decided to try to get back to FM quilting, had been doing some light regular piecing with regular foot, thread etc. So I dutifully cleaned out the bobbin/feed-dog area, re-threaded it, put in the correct thread in the bobbin case. It immediately jammed. I did all the above again. Again, jammed. I think I did it 4 or 5 times, got fed up and walked out of the room. I called that machine everything I could think of. Went back again today and remembered to tighten the tension back on the top thread and re-threaded it, noticed that the thread wasn't even in that thingy that goes up and down at the top - what's it called? Now why didn't I think of that the other day? So now the grand-kids are coming for the weekend and I can't work on it. Anyway, am I the only one who is mechanically deficient and please if anyone out there is the same way, let me know, I'm feeling really dull-witted here.

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Raising hand.....but, like you did, walk away from it, come back later and you see what the operator error is.

You are definitely not alone!'


    Bookmark   October 8, 2011 at 11:16AM
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We all have our moments. Walking away is usually the best solution. Rethreading is usually my first step before the manual comes out if I have already taking it apart to clean..

    Bookmark   October 8, 2011 at 7:34PM
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I have had my machine for almost 10 years and I still have the manual within reach at all times!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2011 at 7:51PM
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Me, too, Kate.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2011 at 8:43PM
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Been there...done that....and if they had a t-shirt I would have one lol

I also keep my manual nearby and take it with me to every class I go to.


    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 8:09PM
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For under $10 I was able to purchase the service manual for my machine on-line. Really helped me understand exactly how it works.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 8:34PM
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I had the same sort of issue with one of my machines this weekend. I hadn't used it in a few months (and I've only had it about a year), and when I'd cut the thread, it would shorten it so much that the thread would come out of the needle and I'd have to re-thread it. I was sewing HST, so it was very frustrating! Finally I drug out the the manual and realized I didn't have it threaded correctly and it worked just fine. Made me feel pretty stupid....


    Bookmark   October 10, 2011 at 8:12AM
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LOL!!! We all have those days. And the 'duh' moment does make you feel pretty dumb.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2011 at 1:52PM
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I probably am wearing my feed dogs a bit, but I always sew off the end about an inch or so, and cut between. They never undo at either end and no long threads hanging.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 3:13PM
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