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    Senior Member Sarah in Brooklyn's Avatar
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    Please tell me I'm not alone

    I can't be the only one who does things like this: spends 90 minutes and wastes miles of thread before realizing that the problem isn't the machine tension, it's that the bobbin is threaded wrong. D'oh.

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    Oh boy you are not alone!!! We all have those days!!!!

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    Ah yes a been there done that situation. You are not alone

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    Love your black and white babies on your avatar.
    No, you are not alone, we have all done something like this.

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    you are not alone!!!
    Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up.

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    You are not alone. Once I was chain piecing and did about 30 pieces before I realized the bobbin had run out, among other things.
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    That, or I threaded the needle incorrectly...arrrggghhhh!

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    are you sure you didn't do that to make me feel better? I spent over an hour fmq ing and making rats nests on the bottom. I am still!!*** unsewing. It was a nice pinwheel block. I feel SO Stupid sometimes. Tommorow Will BE Better.
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    yes it was because the bobbin was threaded WRONG. sigh.
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    If it makes you feel better after reading this I was like "You can thread a bobbin wrong?" I then googled it and went "Ohhh...that's why my machine does that..."

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    Once spent an interesting afternoon swearing at my machine and cursing like a sailor (no offence to sailors...) because I couldn't get the tension right. Just before I threw the machine and probably myself to follow, through the window, I discovered the bobbin in back to front. Oh how we live and learn!
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    Glad I'm not the only one who does things like this! I think sometimes we concentrate so hard on the 'difficult' bits that the 'easy' things get forgotten!

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    I feel so much better now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by narnianquilter View Post
    If it makes you feel better after reading this I was like "You can thread a bobbin wrong?" I then googled it and went "Ohhh...that's why my machine does that..."
    Oh My, you made me LOL! I think we have all done that, at one time or another.

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    i love sitting for an hour and then only realize that the machine wasnt threaded correctly. but only after ruini g the fabric i was working on. ahhhh the joys of not paying supper close attention.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

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    Took me almost a year to realize my bobbin case was MISSING the tension screw. no idea if it was missing when I bought the machine, but took the repair guy about 3 seconds to install a new one. I've been good to go since! And sewing a beautiful curve together, with no thread in bobbin, been there, done that!

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    These problems used to make me CRY! Now I consider it a class in troubleshooting my machine. Next time, I say (like I'm a sewing machine tech or something) I know what is wrong and how to fix it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver View Post
    You are not alone. Once I was chain piecing and did about 30 pieces before I realized the bobbin had run out, among other things.
    OMG, I do this ALL the time. I sew with the tv on, using my Singer 301A, so there is no way to tell when the bobin is going to run out. I have to constantly remind myself to check the pieces coming out the other side to make sure that I am actually sewing them together. Sometimes when I've been sewing nothing together for longer than I would like, I take a break and open a bottle of wine. That seems to make it better!

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    Nope or the top thread was wrong. Very frustrating and always feel like an idiot

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    Oh, you are so not alone! Last week I discovered that I had not been threading the machine correctly to wind the bobbin. I have only had the machine for 10 years! Granted it does wind the bobbin tighter and sews like a dream now.
    I will also confess that I broke down and cried last week because I could not get the darn 1/4" seam just right. I bought a 1/4" pressure foot and would you believe it is w o n d e r f u l !! Also treated myself to a rotating cutting mat, a small rotary cutter for convenience, and a brand new ergonomic seam ripper. I feel better now


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    The reason the book stays with my sewing machine has nothing to do with organization. I consult it periodically to make sure I'm threading the bobbin correctly, because I don't always.
    Fay

    "You can't help that. We're all mad here." - The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.

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    Been there, done that!
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    You want to know if every body else does stuff like this! I think, yes!
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    No not alone. I have been told if you re-thread your needle also re-thread your bobbin. Do I do this? NOT

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    Nope you are not the only one. I am taking a break before I fix my mess.
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