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:

Challenges:

Breaking needles (lots)

Bunching Thread

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button Holes

Successes:

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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