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Thread: EEEEEK! A bit puckery?

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    Straight from the sewing womb, ok, I am a clueless sewer. I think maybe I have something set wrong on my sewing machine. The stitching is too close together I guess? Do I change the stitch type on my dial? I have a singer genie, old thing but the shop man said it works fine and is in good shape. Thought I was going to have a hissy fit when it took me ten minutes to thread the darn needle. Can't wait till I am through kindergarten lol.

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    Do you have the manual for your machine??? I would try lengthening the stitches a little if you think they are too small. It could be just needing a minor adjustment...I kept notes by my machine on what settings I used for stitch lengths, tension settings etc... that way if they got moved or I need to change them when I sew something different, I don't have to guess or depend on my memory :roll: to get the perfect stitches again :wink:

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    I couldn't find the manual so I sent away for a photocopied one. Didn't look at, just panicked and ran here. I changed the "pattern selector" and the second square I sewed on looked better. The note making sounds like a good idea. Thank you!

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    I'm not the best at advice on tension....I just play around on a scrap before I start the block...then when I am happy with the stitches I go to the block. Sometimes it takes a few attempts and a tantrum or two :lol: :lol:

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    you want to increase the stitch length but i don't know which button that is on your machine.

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    Thanks ladies, that helps. Now my thread broke at least I am laughing now. I am going to look up tension in my manual. At least I feel like I am on the maiden voyage now...just choppy waters heh.

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    Hang in there, soon you will know your machine and it will be great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by *QuilterWannabee*
    Thought I was going to have a hissy fit when it took me ten minutes to thread the darn needle. Can't wait till I am through kindergarten lol.
    If needle threading is a problem, you can get bulk quantities of needle threaders on ebay. That would leave you more sewing time!

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    sounds like you already have my advise, just keep at it, it will all come to you. it takes me a bit to get to know a new machine, each machine is different, each has it own idiosyncricies (sp?)

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    Tension can be to blame and like others have said you just
    have to get to know your own machine.

    Do hang in there---it's worth the effort!!!!! :lol:


    (from someone who is know to have an actual hissy fit
    if the tension is wrong and the stitches look bad :twisted: )

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    Sounds like something I could use, will look into that. Thanks everyone for all your good advice. It really helps me keep my frustration with myself down. : )

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    Quilterwannabee...I have been sewing since age 10,...and LOL*, I am over 40...and then some...
    when I am feeling a bit dumb, about something...and believe me, you will never learn it all...nope...sewing/quilting is just like the internet...it goes on and on...
    when I am feeling a bit dumb, I remind myself that somehow, I managed to get a computer, and learned enough to get to this board, and learned how to post and scoot around...so there is hope, I will learn the quilty stuff I have my sites on too...
    well, some of them, anyway :wink:

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    quiltncrazy....I see what you mean about the on and on....I have been looking around quilting websites lately...and that quiltville lady, sheesh I just looked at all the things she does, someone else was talking about her the other day...and I felt like such a slacker. I am 40+ too, went back to school for nursing (on summer break right now.) Trying to tell myself things like if I got through Chemistry and Algebra etc., (okay, confession -I did cry over homework once or twice) 3 or 4? but that I should be able to eventually get the hang of sewing/quilting. Of course I forget to remind myself of this...but you did remind me, thanks a bunch.

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