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    Congratulations on the #1.

    Practice my man, practice.... but look at the bright side...

    Practice makes more gear!


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    Maybe it was covered in the posting here and I missed it. But if my first stitch does not hit the fabric I have problems with knots in the bobbin area of the machine. So make sure that the first needle down hits the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walking Bear View Post
    Maybe it was covered in the posting here and I missed it. But if my first stitch does not hit the fabric I have problems with knots in the bobbin area of the machine. So make sure that the first needle down hits the fabric.
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    To avoid that I normally start my first stitch in about 1/2 in from the edge then go into reverse over those first few stitches, then go forwards again until the end. Then a little more reverse to lock in the last few stitches.

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    There's nothing like a night of hammock making using a sewing machine to rob you of your sleep.

    You can take a perfectly good sewing machine and have endless hours of frustration. It can be anything, from the wrong kind of thread, to the wrong bobbin, a needle not quite right, tension not right, fabric too thin, etc.

    Sometimes, I get snags from below where it comes out looking like a big fat clump. Sometimes, the zig zag pattern comes out like a bunch of Y's. Sometimes, the thread in the needle breaks.

    For an experienced operator, it would be easy to spot the problems and fix them. What we need is a pictoral resource of errors and their explanation/ resolution.

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    Having many of the same issues , I set off to the basement to put all of these suggestions to good use- I started by consuming several of my most prized home brews-A holiday ale high in flavor and alcohol . Once the liquid courage kicked in, I removed the contraption that holds the bobbin in the bottom of the machine. I held one end of the thread inbetween two fingers to test the tension . The bobbin rolled away-hit the floor, and rolled under the makeshift sewing table.......guess I needed to adjust the tension-So..I climbed under the table into that dimly lit area reaching for the bobbin- once I found it(way in the back under the radiator) I excitedly jumped up to solve the problem-Striking my head on the bootm of the table-I shirked off the pain and worked through the headache-that is until the blood ran down my forehead from the gash in the top of my head- Not to be stopped from my goal- I wrapped my head and started working on the bobbin tension- and apparently a little turn goes a long way on that tension screw- I had a mess three times worse than before- So I took that "stuff" out from the bobbin area- and all the pieces of the machine as well since they were now all wrapped in thread- but one piece insisted on remaining in its stuck position- I leaned foward to apply a little of the liquid muscle I ingested earlier- and in doing so- my chair hit the foot pedal of the sewing machine-(and because of my masculinity- I didnt even think of turning it off first) and now I can wear an earing in my thumb- And I need to buy a new needle because it snapped- Soon I will replace the needle and try again- I found out exactly what was wrong- I should have seen it from the beginning.............I needed to drink more before starting!!!!

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    ouch!!!!!! hope you feel better now.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by landcruzr View Post
    Having many of the same issues , I set off to the basement to put all of these suggestions to good use- I started by consuming several of my most prized home brews-A holiday ale high in flavor and alcohol . Once the liquid courage kicked in, I removed the contraption that holds the bobbin in the bottom of the machine. I held one end of the thread inbetween two fingers to test the tension . The bobbin rolled away-hit the floor, and rolled under the makeshift sewing table.......guess I needed to adjust the tension-So..I climbed under the table into that dimly lit area reaching for the bobbin- once I found it(way in the back under the radiator) I excitedly jumped up to solve the problem-Striking my head on the bootm of the table-I shirked off the pain and worked through the headache-that is until the blood ran down my forehead from the gash in the top of my head- Not to be stopped from my goal- I wrapped my head and started working on the bobbin tension- and apparently a little turn goes a long way on that tension screw- I had a mess three times worse than before- So I took that "stuff" out from the bobbin area- and all the pieces of the machine as well since they were now all wrapped in thread- but one piece insisted on remaining in its stuck position- I leaned foward to apply a little of the liquid muscle I ingested earlier- and in doing so- my chair hit the foot pedal of the sewing machine-(and because of my masculinity- I didnt even think of turning it off first) and now I can wear an earing in my thumb- And I need to buy a new needle because it snapped- Soon I will replace the needle and try again- I found out exactly what was wrong- I should have seen it from the beginning.............I needed to drink more before starting!!!!
    Holy crud! That there is funny! You've got me laughin out loud at the office. What a first go and I thought mine was bad. I agree completely with your conclusion; you just need more home-brew.

    I gotta go wipe the tears from my eyes now, thanks for sharing that.
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    I second the comment by Hammock Engineer that a light hand is required. It is almost like dancing. (How you say?) You want to lead, but if you are too rough, there is No dancing, just a struggle for supremacy, and we all know who wins that one !

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    Quote Originally Posted by landcruzr View Post
    Having many of the same issues , I set off to the basement to put all of these suggestions to good use- I started by consuming several of my most prized home brews-A holiday ale high in flavor and alcohol . Once the liquid courage kicked in, I removed the contraption that holds the bobbin in the bottom of the machine. I held one end of the thread inbetween two fingers to test the tension . The bobbin rolled away-hit the floor, and rolled under the makeshift sewing table.......guess I needed to adjust the tension-So..I climbed under the table into that dimly lit area reaching for the bobbin- once I found it(way in the back under the radiator) I excitedly jumped up to solve the problem-Striking my head on the bootm of the table-I shirked off the pain and worked through the headache-that is until the blood ran down my forehead from the gash in the top of my head- Not to be stopped from my goal- I wrapped my head and started working on the bobbin tension- and apparently a little turn goes a long way on that tension screw- I had a mess three times worse than before- So I took that "stuff" out from the bobbin area- and all the pieces of the machine as well since they were now all wrapped in thread- but one piece insisted on remaining in its stuck position- I leaned foward to apply a little of the liquid muscle I ingested earlier- and in doing so- my chair hit the foot pedal of the sewing machine-(and because of my masculinity- I didnt even think of turning it off first) and now I can wear an earing in my thumb- And I need to buy a new needle because it snapped- Soon I will replace the needle and try again- I found out exactly what was wrong- I should have seen it from the beginning.............I needed to drink more before starting!!!!
    In my shop there is beer in the frig. However, I don't drink any untill I'm finished with tools that can cut off fingers. May need to add the sewing machine to that list of tools.

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