Forget about those growing teenagers in the house that go through the cupboards and refrigerator when they get home from a long day at school… there is something in my house that is eating my fabric! Yep, you heard me right! MY PRECIOUS FABRIC!!! Oops, sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but it is really upsetting!
The truth is, that it is my sewing machine! She has been very “Naughty”. I am noticing it more and more with this quilt I am sewing for my mom and dad.
Here’s my progress: 8 blocks, 4 more to go!
This is what I have been dealing with:
I put the fabric under the presser foot to sew the blocks together and the feed dogs pull the edge of the fabric right into the needle entry hole. The sewing machine literally “eats” the fabric! Are you all following me? Have you ever experienced this? After cleaning all the fuzz out of my bobbin and changing the needle, it was still eating like a “Hungry Hippo”!
Finally I found the solution. By simply putting a piece of double folded tissue paper under my fabric, so that the presser foot sews over the tissue first, I have eliminated the “naughty” side of my sewing machine. She is no longer hungry. Now she is “nice”.
It also helps that you have something (the tissue) to lightly “pull” on, to get the fabric moving.
Here, you can see that I start sewing on the tissue, which eases the presser foots’ transition.
It has really cut down on my yelling and cursing at my machine! 🙂
When you are done sewing your seam, you will have the tissue attached. It pulls off easily- but if you find some tissue stays attached, tweezers work wonderfully to remedy that issue!
So, that’s my tip and I’m stickin’ to it! No more “potty” mouth for me, and my machine has cleaned up her act also. Is your machine acting “naughty” or “nice”?
Have a great day!