the tension is killing me!

17 Jan

I needed to take a break.

I’m trying so hard to make this bag and the tension on my sewing machine just will not work with me. Either its too loose and jamming my bobbin, or its so close to being at the right tension/stitch length ratio that it wont work. Any suggestions? I am literally 5 seconds from tossing the sewing machine out the window and calling it a night. But- I shall move on. Practice makes perfect, right? Right.

I will conquer this machine! πŸ˜‰



update: I put it away for the night, needed a breather πŸ™‚ I’ll get back to it tomorrow!

but, while I was “taking a breather” I found this and fell in love.

woooo weee I think I need this room! Isn’t it so great?



10 Responses to “the tension is killing me!”

  1. Cristie Campbell January 17, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    check out the nesters post on making that mirror thingy in that pic above. you TOTALLY could do this. its super easy! Love you!

  2. Cristie Campbell January 17, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    ooo…and I saw some little mirrors in a three pack at the new Kroger! So…um…yeh. bonus!!!!

  3. minnie January 21, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    You may have your bobbin tension off, or it may have to be tuned up. Check your sewing manual on how to adjust the bobbin tension. Also, you might really benefit from taking it in to the sewing shop & having them take a loll at it. If it’s an older machine, it’s probably way overdue.

    Hope this helps!! There’s nothing more frustrating than when your machine doesn’t work. 😦

    • kimber January 27, 2011 at 5:56 am #

      You’re ‘sew’ smart, Minnie πŸ™‚ gracias!

  4. minnie January 21, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    “Look”, not “loll”. Dumb auto-spell.

  5. big seester January 27, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    Umm, did you say wooo weee?

    • kimber January 27, 2011 at 5:55 am #

      Yes I did πŸ˜‰


  1. i heart sewing. « - February 2, 2011

    […] a pattern, and much much more. For a while, I was really irritated with my machine because the tension issue was eating away at me. I didn’t even want to look at it (that is why I only have a handful of […]

  2. i love the sense of accomplishment. « - February 9, 2011

    […] Remember when I was having ridiculous issues with the tension on my sewing machine while trying to make this bag? Well, guess who was a silly goof? I was threading the bobbin wrong all along and it was giving me grief every time I would try to sew. On Monday night, a few of us girls went to my mother-in-loves house to be crafty and create junk, and they showed me the proper way to thread a bobbin. It was glorious! I have been a sewing fool ever since then. Thank you, Sara Kay! […]

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