What to do to relieve sewing frustration

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.

etc re 0First of all breathe and take a break. I went and made a coffee. I checked my Facebook, I may have even wandered around on the internet a bit. It took my mind off my 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 etc re 3make and alleviate the frustration of not getting anything done.

I then went through all the steps everyone recommends:

  1. Turned machine off and on again
  2. Replaced bobbin
  3. Rethread machine
  4. Changed bobbin tension
  5. Changed intermittent tension setting
  6. Changed thread
  7. Changed needle
  8. Looked online for more ideas
  9. Slowed down
  10. 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 etc re 1Heart 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.

These are aprons I cut up to reduce my stash. I have stitched them up here and there and given most away. All of the recipients were thrilled. And I was able to return to my project refreshed.etc re 2

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!

Sew happy!

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