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Old 03-04-2010, 10:09 AM   #1
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Default I feel like throwing my machine!

So I have an old singer that was my mom's, and I wanted to throw it last night... I am so tired of the pedal speeding away (it has a stutter start... you can't do a gentle lead in very well) and that sending me off my edge, and trying to sew hems and the edges getting stuck in the feed dogs... that and the way fleece and knits stretch out when sewing edges so there isn't any stretch in the edge. I know using the serger for knits and fleece works, but not when I need tiny hems for doll clothes.

Anyway, is this all normal machine stuff, and I am just still learning or ???

Going to take it apart and lube it up again, to see if that helps, but AUGH! I finally gave up on making the fancy princess dress for Abby's doll last night, and made a simple fleece top and skirt... I may go back and try again today during nap time with a different pattern, but I feel so :icon_mad: with it all. I know she won't look at the details, but I would prefer it to look like a grown up made it KWIM?

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I know she won't look at the details, but I would prefer it to look like a grown up made it KWIM?
I know exactly what you mean! But she won't notice any details! All she will see is a pretty dress that Mommy made just for her doll. that Is why I love doing things for my kids, especially my younger one. She is just so happy to have something made special for her

Can't help you with the machine stuff. I just know extremely basic stuff. I think I'd be in serious trouble if I had to adjust anything more than stitch length/width!
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A little trick that I have used sometimes at the start of a seam, such as a barbie doll dress, so tiny, to avoid the fabric being sucked down in the feed dogs, is to start your seam on a scrap piece of fabric and then continue onto your new fabric, kind of like you sew patchwork together for quilting, you might experiment with trying something like that.
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I only use Singer Sewing Machine Oil on my machines.
Other oils can gunk up and cause more problems than they fix.

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DM- thanks I will give that a try- and I have singer oil so all set !
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Oh I feel your frustration once I got so PO'd at my serger that I threw it Then I put it away for a year and a half and it has played nicely since then
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