Lacking the Sewing Gene or a Faulty Machine?

If you have been following my blog posts, then you know that my personal learning project didn’t exactly turn out as I had hoped. Perhaps believing I would be a professional seamstress after this learning project was a stretch.

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My first post set out a plan of learning to do alterations in order to make dresses into long shirts. Well . . . I didn’t quite make it that far. Here are some of the roadblocks and successes I encountered along the way:


Breaking needles (lots)

Bunching Thread







Button Holes


Threading the machine

Sewing on buttons

Resisting the urge to set my sewing machine on fire

Click here to get the full effect! Personally, I find it very relaxing. Kind of like that channel that has logs burning during the Christmas season.

I learned a lot about sewing machines; tension, thread, and bobbins. I feel like when I do invest in a better machine, all that knowledge will serve me well. Knowing how to thread the machine was also a huge learning curve, especially threading the bobbin and figuring out how to bring the thread up. This took me hours to figure out.

Once I figured it out, however, it got easier. Then the needle breaking. Oh my goodness. That was sooooo frustrating. I broke so many needles and could not for the life of me figure out why. I spent around 6 hours trying NOT to break needles.

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I am so glad that buttons ended up working out for me. I really needed that small success. Buttonholes, not so much. I just couldn’t seem to figure it out. I don’t think it helped that I couldn’t get the feed dogs to raise back up.

I can say for sure that I am glad I chose to sew, but if I had to do it again I would use a different machine.

What do you think? Is my machine to blame for all of my woes or is it simply a scapegoat?


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