Bobbins · Cleaning · Skipped stitches

Thou shalt polish thy shuttle

And this applies to every type of sewing machine, modern or vintage! After last week's troubles with twisted thread, normality returned for a while when I switched to cotton. However, I soon ran out of that, and was back with this: ​Thread pulls. Ugh! This conundrum kept bothering me because come to think of it,… Continue reading Thou shalt polish thy shuttle

Bobbins · Skipped stitches

Twisted thread woes

No, your machine is not broken - the thread is at fault! ​ I spent all day yesterday trying to find the culprit of these thread pulls. Surely, the bobbin thread is catching on something! I polished the needle plate, including inside the needle hole. I polished the shuttle, inside and out, the shuttle spring… Continue reading Twisted thread woes

Bobbins · Feet · Needle plates · Needles · Skipped stitches

Skipped stitches and their remedies

It's one of the most common problems in sewing: skipped stitches. But it can have many different causes and so may require different remedies. So let's take a closer look! Needle and thread Special needles Thread tension The right needle plate The right foot The right foot pressure Mechanical issues Needle and thread Of course… Continue reading Skipped stitches and their remedies

Breaking needles · Vertical oscillating hook

Breaking needles, or how to kill a sewing machine – and then resurrect it

Yesterday was a bad day - I killed my sewing machine. 😦 Today I attempted resuscitation and failed. Ouch! I will try again, of course, but for now Dragonfly is out of business. Skip to resurrection. ​ It happened while I was doing free hand embroidery with a hopping foot as I described in the… Continue reading Breaking needles, or how to kill a sewing machine – and then resurrect it