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    Okay -- so I'm not all that mechanically minded....BUT, I can usually deal with a sewing machine. Yesterday I was quilting with my Pfaff....I put green thread in and it kept breaking!!!! It was the same brand bought at the same time as the blue thread!!!!! (doing a designer type of quilt) I got another brand of thread and it STILL broke. I went whining :cry:today to DH and said that I needed to take it in....SOMETHING was wrong!!! I re-threaded 3 times, changed the needle, cleaned the bobbin case out. :shock: He came over and I thought "oh sure...YOU can fix it"....wellllllllll :roll: seems some bobbin thread got caught up on the drum parts (whatever the heck he's talking about) and he cleaned it out...and now it works beautifully!!!! :thumbup: :mrgreen: The hard part is looking at that smirk on his face........ :hunf:

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    Well, he did save you $$$$ by fixing it himself. So I guess looking at the smirk on his face is a small price to pay,lol!! I'm glad it's fixed!!

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    not sure whats worse, thinking your baby was sick,, or the look on DH face when he fixes it...lol.. I feel your pain,,,

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    Just think of it this way... the money that it would have cost for the repair can now be spent for fabric :thumbup:

    Glad it was fixable without you having to do without it :lol:

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    So glad that you didn't have to spend a ton of money getting it up and running again!!!

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    LOL

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    I've had that happen to my machine before, I clean and oil, look all in the bobbin area, then I finally am able to see a piece of thread that got tangled. I remove it and all is fine. Hubby can fix lots of things, use to repair power tools, Skil. Doesn't mess with sewing machines.
    Glad it got fixed.

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    I guess a few smirks is worth not having to give up your baby for a while to the repairman :wink: but it can still be a lttle grating on the nerves LOL

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    The way we trouble shoot... ok, fine I'll try this, and then that, and then this, and then that. Ah hell - let him smirk - and then kiss that smirk off his face. He deserves it! You gotta keeper.

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    lol.. just love the smirk!

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    Men.. what would we do without them?? (don't answer that, I'm not looking for an answer, I can think of too many on my own!!)

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    Aw, glad he saved you some money!

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    Nurture this. I love it when my DH bends over my machine with care in his face. He's gentle and caring with it, not frustrated like I get, so always seems to be able to solve my problem. Let him know how wonderful it is that he was so smart to find what you had missed and how great it will be in the future any time you run into a snag!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    seems some bobbin thread got caught up on the drum parts (whatever the heck he's talking about) and he cleaned it out...and now it works beautifully!!!! :thumbup: :mrgreen: The hard part is looking at that smirk on his face........ :hunf:
    If your bobbin shuttle is metal you need to put one drop of oil in the shuttle area and then run the machine for awhile without thread or fabric. This will keep it running smoothly.

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    All I can say is...MEN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzsooz
    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    seems some bobbin thread got caught up on the drum parts (whatever the heck he's talking about) and he cleaned it out...and now it works beautifully!!!! :thumbup: :mrgreen: The hard part is looking at that smirk on his face........ :hunf:
    If your bobbin shuttle is metal you need to put one drop of oil in the shuttle area and then run the machine for awhile without thread or fabric. This will keep it running smoothly.
    Love the responses everyone....glad I'm not the only one!! And yes, I LOVE the money he saves me. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I may never get a new washer and dryer though!!!!!

    mzsooz -- I'd not heard of running the machine without thread........to distribute the oil. I DID oil it though!!! I'll try that, too. Seems to me the bobbin "snags" rather than is tight, so that may be the answer! You may have saved me more $$! I was going to order a new bobbin case!!! Thanks!

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    Dee, I have to say that I laughed when I read your story. I would think the same thing, why would my hubby even think he could find something that I, as an experienced sewer, could not find. I would have slightly angry words toward my hubby, sounds like you held your tongue just fine. :lol:

    I just got a used Bernina that I haven't used much. I'm wondering if I need to oil in that area too, so I'm curious how you make out doing that. I don't imagine it would hurt anything to oil it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    Love the responses everyone....glad I'm not the only one!! And yes, I LOVE the money he saves me. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I may never get a new washer and dryer though!!!!!

    mzsooz -- I'd not heard of running the machine without thread........to distribute the oil. I DID oil it though!!! I'll try that, too. Seems to me the bobbin "snags" rather than is tight, so that may be the answer! You may have saved me more $$! I was going to order a new bobbin case!!! Thanks!
    I learned this from a sewing machine repairman. It is a regular part of my maintenance now.

    Oh... and I think I didn't mention running it without the bobbin case in when you oil it.

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    I love when I can save money that way. Those guys love it when they can fix something. It is hard to put up with that self satisfied smirk though. Just keep telling yourself that saved money will soon be spent on fabric and smile yourself.

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    My husband can fix just about anything. But when it comes to my sewing machine, I cringe. Especially when he sits at it and dosn't know what he is looking at or how it works. I have so far been able to solve all issues.

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    that is great that he was able to fix your machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    Okay -- so I'm not all that mechanically minded....BUT, I can usually deal with a sewing machine. Yesterday I was quilting with my Pfaff....I put green thread in and it kept breaking!!!! It was the same brand bought at the same time as the blue thread!!!!! (doing a designer type of quilt) I got another brand of thread and it STILL broke. I went whining :cry:today to DH and said that I needed to take it in....SOMETHING was wrong!!! I re-threaded 3 times, changed the needle, cleaned the bobbin case out. :shock: He came over and I thought "oh sure...YOU can fix it"....wellllllllll :roll: seems some bobbin thread got caught up on the drum parts (whatever the heck he's talking about) and he cleaned it out...and now it works beautifully!!!! :thumbup: :mrgreen: The hard part is looking at that smirk on his face........ :hunf:

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    Not exactly sure why you are upset. The machine works again-two thumbs up for hubby. Let him smirk. I think an achievement like that deserves a little ego stroke or a batch of cookies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Not exactly sure why you are upset. The machine works again-two thumbs up for hubby. Let him smirk. I think an achievement like that deserves a little ego stroke or a batch of cookies.
    heh heh heh -- he was adequately rewarded.... :thumbup:

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