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?!?!?! 

Panic? 

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!




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Year of Fresh Starts

Yeyyyy first post of 2018!! I'm determined to utilise my blog and actually pay it some TLC this year.
Last year I was still getting to grips with sewing and learning new skills. I had lots of plans but like most times, life got in the way.
Throughout the year I saw lots of different sewing based challenges and decided that this year I would complete at least one of them. I was interested in the Wardrobe Builder Challenge and the Make Nine Challenge.
Enough is enough, lets get motivated! January is the time where people make resolutions which 9 times out of 10 they break by the time January ends. Since 2018 is already playing out to be a year of change and fresh starts for me, now I thought was the perfect time to plan some goals. Setting goals for lifestyle/health (totally making a bucket list but I swear it's getting longer and longer) and crafting based goals, starting with a challenge set for the year. Make Nine Challenge BRING IT ON!
 Last year I took a year out of teachi…

Career Change Up

Exciting, Sad and Scary Times Lie Ahead! So over my 'many' years I've had various jobs, all with their pro's and con's and their highs and lows. I've been a; Disney Store Cast Member (basically got paid to let my Disney fanatic loose), Boots Sales Assistant (selling make-up to stroppy teenagers and medical bits and bobs to cute old people), Assistant in Vue Cinema (got to see films for free and before they came out), Student Ambassador (paid to walk round campus talking about the Uni...easy peasy) and then I graduated and life suddenly became hard.

I taught in Moscow, Russia for 3 years, I was about to write beautiful years but that may have been taking it a step too far. They were 3 of the coldest years of my life in winter but beautiful summers. I would recommend St Petersburg to anyone as it was stunning. Teaching abroad really built up my confidence and allowed me to enjoy a travelling lifestyle, visiting places during school holidays. Expat life is AMAZING…

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…