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    Hooch, I got to thinking about how you don't know how to sew yet. It has kept me up the past two nights. Maybe your not really a gear guy at all. maybe you are an imposter hammocker. Then I did some checking into your background. I had some of my friends down at the FBI run your profile.
    You have an uncanny likeness to D.B. Cooper, the infamous hijacker From the 70s that parachuted over Washington State. Turn yourself in before we do or at least split the money. $200,000 could buy alot of rip-stop.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    Hooch, I got to thinking about how you don't know how to sew yet. It has kept me up the past two nights. Maybe your not really a gear guy at all. maybe you are an imposter hammocker. Then I did some checking into your background. I had some of my friends down at the FBI run your profile.
    You have an uncanny likeness to D.B. Cooper, the infamous hijacker From the 70s that parachuted over Washington State. Turn yourself in before we do or at least split the money. $200,000 could buy alot of rip-stop.




    Although I'll admit having a strange fascination with the D.B. Cooper skyjacking since my early teens, I think I can be ruled out as a suspect with a reasonable measure of certainty. I was 3 when he made is infamous leap from NW Orient flight 305. I'll also admit to having a fair amount of training from the U.S. Military in both static line and freefall parachute techniques, however those came some 16 years later.

    Maybe that $200k will help me buy someone to help me un-$%#@ my sewing machine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post

    un-$%#@
    Is that some technical term?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Ok, I need your help, HF gang. I tried to start in on my first true DIY project, but am having sewing machine issues (actually, the whole freakin' subscription). I'm trying to sew polyester straps on my sewing machine I got for Christmas (early). Every time I start sewing, I jam up after just a few stitches. The thread knots on the bottom and I'm stuck. What am I doing wrong? I've tried changing to a heavier needle, adjusting the top tension, adjusting stitch length and even changing thread. I'm at my absolute wit's end and don't have the foggiest as to what to do. Do any of the DIY crew have any ideas, tips, tricks or advice? Anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanx a mil in advance!
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    If you're referring to DB Cooper in your avator , I'd have to say....legend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    Is that some technical term?
    Not very. I'd send it out in phoenetic alphabet, but I'd be just as culpable for using bad language on here as I would just comight forthright and saying it. You understand my frustration, I'm sure. Everyone here who does the DIY thing has been frustrated with their sewing machine at one time or another I'm sure.
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    I learned, the hard way, that sewing isn't something I can do when I am fustrated. Taking a break or calling it a night is the best way out. Otherwise things go downhill fast. Usually resulting in whole projects flring through the air in an unnatural way.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    I usually get frustrated with my machine (arghhh!) when I first start out on a new project, and then after I figure out what the machine needs for the particular fabric/task (tension, bobbin, me to slow down or stop being heavy handed - usually) then we get along fine. It's a process...

    good luck!


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    Hooch if that is your real name. What helps me from getting those early in the stitch tangles is give the strings coming out of the back a little pull until the first few stitches. I saw that article about DB Cooper and and though I know that guy from somewhere.
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    Try pulling the top and bottom thread out behind about 6 inches, then hold them both while you slowly take your first few stitches.

    Sewing machines all seem to have their own distinct personalities.

    Good luck !
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    I'll second the above comment. I'll also add that on my machine it helps to then hold those threads when starting to ensure they don't pull back in and make a mess.

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