DO try this at home, folks

DO try this at home, folks

I wanted to try and blitz through a quick project before continuing with my Red Betty dress and starting the next couple of makes I have in mind. So imagine my horror when I got started and found that my machine was acting up – skipped stitches, the bobbin thread not catching the top thread etc. It was a hot mess, and it had never happened to me before!

I rethreaded the top thread. No joy. I took the bobbin out and re-inserted it. Nada. I had put in a brand new microtex fine needle for the lightweight crepe I was using. No difference. I repeated all of these. She still wasn’t stitching right. In desperation nearly an hour later, after a  Google diagnosis and trying a few other things, I thought, “I’m going to have to open her up and clean the insides. Gulp!”…

Now, I’m not a hands-on technical person. I’ve been sewing for four months now but with my little boys I haven’t had time to make all that many things. So I thought I’d be able to get by for ages before having to do anything as scary as cleaning my machine. But, since I wasn’t going to be able to make any progress on any of my projects, I decided to bite the bullet and get on with it. Out came the manual and the little screwdriver tool, and I got to work.

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