I wrote yesterday about my longarm machine going rogue on me. And by rogue I mean acting naughty beyond belief. I was very frustrated because I wanted to get my table runner finished. I found ways to calm myself down and I thought I would share them with you. Here are my suggestions on what to do to relieve sewing frustration.
Then I used a sewing machine that was working to work on other projects. I had a bunch of tissue paper covers already cut out. They are quick to make and alleviate the frustration of not getting anything done.
I then went through all the steps everyone recommends:
- Turned machine off and on again
- Replaced bobbin
- Rethread machine
- Changed bobbin tension
- Changed intermittent tension setting
- Changed thread
- Changed needle
- Looked online for more ideas
- Slowed down
- Asked the machine nicely to behave
Lo and behold, if I went slowly enough, it decreased the amount of thread breakage. Changing the needle made the biggest difference. This left me with only two needles left.
I went online and immediately ordered 4 new packs of needles and some new thread. I have found that my machine works best with Omni cotton/polyester blend that I can buy where I got the machine, At the Heart of Quilting.
Sometimes I need to reduce sewing frustration when a project is giving me problems. I find I can sew out the problem. Aprons are a great way to feel good about sewing again.
I also like small projects after I finish a big one. It's like a rebound project that clears my head before I take on another challenge.
Bibs are great for this. I was able to knock off these bibs really quickly and clear out the remnants of the last quilt. Have you ever finished a book and still had the cobwebs of the story in your head?
I am like this with quilts. When I finish one I can't just start another one. I have to have a transition.
For machine frustrations or lingering quilt afterglow, little projects are the best. The ones I've described here are my favorites. What about yours?
Aprons and covers and bibs, oh my!
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