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Thread: Headsmack moment or How to feel real stupid....

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    I sat down yesterday to sew a rip in DH shirt pocket. I started sewing and noticed my machine (Pearl by name) was making a popping sound every few seconds. Oh no, not my new baby! I pulled the bobbin, nothing wrong there. Pulled the thread, re-threaded, still popping. Checked tension setting, it's right. Getting nervous now. I hate to think what this will cost in a repair shop. Checked to be sure foot screw was tight, no problems there. I picked up the package of needles and put a new one in, still popping. Tried different fabric, getting desperate, still popping. Walked away. Came back to try again. Rechecked everything. Still popping. Changed thread, changed bobbin, new needle. Still popping, now I am beginning to wonder how long it would be before I could afford to get it fixed (fixed income). I gave in and took it all apart and put it back in the box. With tears in my eyes, I started clearing the table of sewing supplies, to get old faithful (Penny by name) out to used for the time being. As I picked up the needle case, I looked down, and realized I had been using the size 18! I had been practicing the day before and the last thing I worked on was denim! Dufus! Dufus! Dufus! :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

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    if that's stupid I'm right there with you. Isn't it nice to have company

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    how frustrating. glad it was a simple fix :thumbup:

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    The flip side is that sweet Pearl can come back out of the box!!

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    yep!!been there done that!

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    Whew! Been there and thank goodness that was all it was!

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    I have done that before too. I know right away if I have the wrong needle in. My machine tries to eat my fabric if I have too large of a needle in. Good thing you figured it out before it went to the Doc. :D

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    Well, you figured it out. Congratulate yourself for that!!! :thumbup: Beats taking a working machine in for repairs......

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    I am so glad I never, ever, ever make any mistakes when sewing ROFL BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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    Awwww. It happens. Glad to know it was something that didn't cost anything to fix.

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    It happens to us all. Don't feel stupid, just be thankful that's all that was wrong!

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    The first thing I thought of was a piece of paper in the pocket. Glad it was just the needle and not time for the repairman!

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    Glad it was a simple fix.

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    I'm trying to get into the habit of putting a post-it note on my machine indicating what size and type of needle is in the machine at the time. It's sort of a low-tech version of those things they sell that you velcro onto the machine (where you move the slider to the needle size). Even the magnifier on the needle boxes isn't quite enough for me anymore... I can never see the numbers on the needles LOL.

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    whew, at least Pearl isn't sick :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly
    I sat down yesterday to sew a rip in DH shirt pocket. I started sewing and noticed my machine (Pearl by name) was making a popping sound every few seconds. Oh no, not my new baby! I pulled the bobbin, nothing wrong there. Pulled the thread, re-threaded, still popping. Checked tension setting, it's right. Getting nervous now. I hate to think what this will cost in a repair shop. Checked to be sure foot screw was tight, no problems there. I picked up the package of needles and put a new one in, still popping. Tried different fabric, getting desperate, still popping. Walked away. Came back to try again. Rechecked everything. Still popping. Changed thread, changed bobbin, new needle. Still popping, now I am beginning to wonder how long it would be before I could afford to get it fixed (fixed income). I gave in and took it all apart and put it back in the box. With tears in my eyes, I started clearing the table of sewing supplies, to get old faithful (Penny by name) out to used for the time being. As I picked up the needle case, I looked down, and realized I had been using the size 18! I had been practicing the day before and the last thing I worked on was denim! Dufus! Dufus! Dufus! :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
    But Arn't you so glad that was all it was!!

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    We have all had to AHA moments. Glad it was an easy fix for you :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    That's not nearly as bad as when I left my plastic template in my embroidery hoop. Couldn't figure out what was making that popping noise. I didn't realize what it was until I took the embroidery out of the hoop. Now my template has a cross shaped hole in the middle of it. I hate to admit it but that's not the dumbest thing I've done, and we're only talking about sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaC
    I'm trying to get into the habit of putting a post-it note on my machine indicating what size and type of needle is in the machine at the time. It's sort of a low-tech version of those things they sell that you velcro onto the machine (where you move the slider to the needle size). Even the magnifier on the needle boxes isn't quite enough for me anymore... I can never see the numbers on the needles LOL.
    Good ideal, I need to use this. :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly
    I sat down yesterday to sew a rip in DH shirt pocket. I started sewing and noticed my machine (Pearl by name) was making a popping sound every few seconds. Oh no, not my new baby! I pulled the bobbin, nothing wrong there. Pulled the thread, re-threaded, still popping. Checked tension setting, it's right. Getting nervous now. I hate to think what this will cost in a repair shop. Checked to be sure foot screw was tight, no problems there. I picked up the package of needles and put a new one in, still popping. Tried different fabric, getting desperate, still popping. Walked away. Came back to try again. Rechecked everything. Still popping. Changed thread, changed bobbin, new needle. Still popping, now I am beginning to wonder how long it would be before I could afford to get it fixed (fixed income). I gave in and took it all apart and put it back in the box. With tears in my eyes, I started clearing the table of sewing supplies, to get old faithful (Penny by name) out to used for the time being. As I picked up the needle case, I looked down, and realized I had been using the size 18! I had been practicing the day before and the last thing I worked on was denim! Dufus! Dufus! Dufus! :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
    Join the crowd dear been there done that too, but so glad you found the problem and don't have to have a repair bill facing you.

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    Welcome to the crowd of new machine owners with DUH! moments!
    I'm glad you figured it out fairly quickly and it was a no cost fix!

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    Just did that one myself! Must be something in the air.

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    Glad you found out what the problem was and i bet Pearl is thrilled she dosen't have to go to the dr....

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    glad it wasn't the machine. I know that feeling when it starts talking to you and you don't know what to do to help it except take it in to the "machine doctor"

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    My "ESSIE" was looping bottom threads really bad the other day. I rethreaded, refilled a bobbin with the thread I was using on top, just in case it was different. Cleaned everything I could, redid everything again....I had been sewing just fine when this decided to happen....I had even put in a new needle the day before....I was thinking as you were...service will be a loan, I'm sure. plus my closest dealer now is about 100 miles away. Decicde as last resort to change needle...sews beautifully as almost always usual again....Must have been a bad needle....Panic attack is now gone! WHEW!

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