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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Your Weekend Fun Guide to Dorries Attack of The Stupid (sewing edition) on: August 15, 2008 10:46:00 PM
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OK, so. Beloved Hubby just joined a martial arts group and his new gi pants were rather long. We pinned em up, got measurements, marked off the hem line with a quick line of stitching. Figuring this wouldnt take long, I started the hem.

Alls well, until I hit the very thick outer seam. Hit being literal, I broke the needle, giving you your first inklings of my very own attack of Stupid. Never found the other pieces of it, but I was kind of in a hurry, so I grabbed another needle and got things moving again.

Only to have every line of stitching either completely pull out, unthread, or skip stitches like it was having the ultimate Power Surge from Hades. Took the bobbin race apart since half the time, the upper stitching didnt pick up the lower at all cleaned it, oiled it, changed the needle again, changed out the thread top and bottom, and re-threaded about a dozen times. My sweet machine is much quieter now, but her stitches were every bit as funked up as ever. When I got stitches, half the time, I didn't.

Beloved Hubby to the rescue ! He loads another needle, takes part of the machine apart, maybe I broke a belt or something. We found the upper tension was so clogged with lint, its no wonder it never seemed to make much difference how I set it. The spring coil was even halfway out of the dial ! We got that cleaned and put back together quickly. On my machine, it's not a user-maintained part, and nowhere in the manual.

Not that it made any difference. We were contemplating a new machine, figuring Id broken something inside when I snapped the needle. Just for troubleshooting, I typed sewing machine repair on Google. Twas then I came face-to-face with My Stupid. Ysee, theres one thing often responsible for skipped stitches and bobbin droppin. I grabbed my machine manual. DOh ! Stupid !!

Yup. I put the needle in backwards. The sewing machine I learned on was engineered so that the needle could not be installed backwards. So I assumed (ah-ha !) all machines were like that. Nope. Needles in mine definitely could be shoved in there any old way, because sweet thing that she is, she assumes Im smart enough to do that much correctly ! I've simply been very very lucky since 2002, when I got this machine !

I asked Beloved who was doggedly still poking and testing to please put the needle in again, with the flat to the back. Flawless victory ! Now she was the quiet, perfect workhorse Id always known my sweet Kenmore Janome to be. And his pants were hemmed, but we were running so late, we just stayed home and laughed about it for a while.

This sprung my Stupid out of our house, and its running loose ! Dont let it grab your machine and next project ! No matter how simple it is, how many times youve done it before, check the most basic elements if your equipment has suddenly decided to get funky on you. Or you could be the next victim of Stupid !

But maybe you've already fallen victim to Stupid in the past. Share your stories, would ya ? So I dont feel like such an idiot ? Pleeeeease ?

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