Nearing the Finish Line


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Although Gertrude sews just fine, I don't know how all her functions operate and I'm not a sewing-machine guru.  Last night before giving way to the sleepy eye, it seemed like the needle wasn't centered and the bobbin thread kept getting caught.  I think it's probably something I've done to throw it off because I was testing "everything".  But since I don't know what her correct settings should be, I'll give the sewing machine shop a call.  I think I'll also look online to find a machine manual that I can download.

Not wanting to break my stride, I pulled out my first sewing machine and kept on trucking this morning.  I'm on the last steps and feeling pretty good.  Then I can finally do something about this bed head situation.  lol



ETA:  The bobbin on the other machine started skipping a stitch ever so often so I just gave up for now.  I love the actual sewing part, but when I can't fix these type of things, it gets to me.  I only had two stitches left to make the casing.   I had decided to hand-stitch the casing closed but I still wanted to have that pink top stitching on the outside.  That makes it a little prettier.  Oh well.  Moving on to the piles of clothes that I'm washing and to my hair...

ETA:  As I do not like being defeated, I purchased an online download of this old machine's (Gertrude's) manual.  I have discovered the problem and fixed it!  Partly it was the tension for sewing on the pocket.  The material was only one layer so I needed to adjust the tension.  The other factor was that the settings that the sewing machine shop left me with were not the right settings for the basic stitching.  When I looked at the test fabric they always leave under the needles, I assumed that the settings were ready to be used as so.  As my former geometry teacher used to say, "Assume Nothing!"  I have now set the straight stitching settings correctly and look forward to finishing this project maybe later on today.  :-D

5 comments:

  1. Asking the shop to repair it is a good idea. I wish you could give me some lessons about machine sewing - mom tried some time ago but I don't like stepping on the pedal and didn't learn a thing.

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  2. You go Libby! A girl who can't be stopped!! Love it.

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  3. I really love sewing, but like you, I really don't like the techie part... :D I am SO lucky! since my husband knows about sewing machines a LOT more than I do, and he usually gives mine anything it needs in maintenance! he thinks it is funny, though, my little machine, since he's used to the power of the big industrial ones

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  4. Hi Libby!
    Congrats to the award, and thanks for thinking of me :)

    Wish you a nice weekend!
    MiA

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  5. love the tenacity! Brandy and I had a sewing party on my birthday... not my #1 craft but I love how fast everything goes!

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