Skip to main content

Machine Issues!

You've gotten half way through a project and suddenly your sewing machine has had enough of playing nice! What do you do?!?!?! 


Stress out? 

List off a whole load of profanities? 

Jump straight to Google? 

Yep I did the lot!

Over the Christmas period I enjoyed time to myself and spending quality time planning tops for presents and my own personal stash. Then as I was finishing off a top for my grandma, the sewing machine began to play up. Puckering, creating large thread messes on the underneath of the garment and making an awful racket. So I gave up. I went to good old google and searched for possible reasons why this happened, tried the thread tensions, unthreaded and rethreaded the machine...twice. Still no luck. 

Now if you are like me and have been given a hand-me-down sewing machine, it is highly likely your instruction and cleaning manual is missing. Luckily mine did come with the original machine oil, but I have been reassured that you can buy little tubes of sewing machine oil from local haberdasheries or online.

Now my first step was to google how to service a sewing machine and I found lots of different videos and websites detailing how they consult their manual. GREAT! I have no manual. 

Then I found this great youtube video and decided I'd give it a go myself sans manual.

Each sewing machine is different and I didn't use as many pieces of equipment as she did. I simply used the trusty screw driver kit, cotton buds (the cosmetic kind with the pointed end) and the sewing machine oil.

I did have an issue removing the top needle plate, but after spending a bit of time assessing my sewing machine I removed the paneling round the lightbulb area and voila! Easy access!

It was amazing to see just how dirty the sewing machine was. 

If your machine is having a slight midlife crisis or you just think it is time it had a good clean; give this a go. My machine is now running smoothly and I am back to planning my next project.

Fabric is already in the washing machine in preparation for a stretch jersey top. More details to come!


Popular posts from this blog

Back to Basics

Hi my name is Amy and I'm a crap-oholic! I clearly need an intervention or some sort of junk food rehab clinic to lock me up!

Last week I started being slightly healthier, I say slightly because when it came to 5am and starting work at 5:30am my sugar tooth kicked in with a Nutella go bar...baaaad mistake discovering those bad boys.

I managed to lose 4lbs throughout the week but come the weekend we had a craft and cake fair at work and the will power practically ran out the building!

Tomorrow is a new day! Everyone has stumbles. This is mine. I was showing clients at work my before and after photographs and I was reminded of how much work and effort I put into myself this time last year. I was a whole 20lbs light and may I even say it, the abs were becoming an actual thing! They were there! I mean I still had a layer of fat around them but they definitely existed. Then all willpower and motivation left and here I am. A junk food-aholic confessing my sins on here.

Tomorrow we are m…


At the beginning of the year, I set myself the goal of becoming fitter. Like so many people I'm realising just how busy and hectic life is without adding in trips to the gym and working up a sweat doing various different workout activities.

As a solution to this problem, I dug out my old faithful Fitbit. I have a Fitbit Flex which is the basic wristband model. As far as I'm concerned it does everything I require: track my steps; allow me to input my food intake; monitor my water consumption; and track my sleep pattern. In the photograph below you will notice one shining light; this indicates roughly how many steps you've taken. Now this was taken at the beginning of the day, with my daily goal of 10,000 steps, one dot indicates 2000 steps taken.

The reason I'm blogging about this today is not to give you the hard sell on a Fitbit or other step counting devices out on the market; and it most certainly isn't to make you go all calorie counting crazy. I simply thought…