That is how my new hobby is going. If you remember, I bought a vintage sewing machine to practice sewing on. I can hand sew but I have never used a sewing machine before and I did not realize how difficult it would be. I bought a vintage one because 1) it was cheap and 2) I thought that if I learned how to sew on it, I could sew on anything. Now I'm reconsidering my second thought because this thing is so complicated.
I have spent hours trying to figure out the technical details and workings of it. I finally know most of the parts and what they do (except for the presser bar--I still can't figure out what it's for). I've searched hundreds of sewing sites/blogs trying to piece information together.
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So far I've set up the regular thread, the bobbin thread (which I actually did not know existed before my adventure), and the needle. I think I know how to adjust the tension on both threads but I don't know: when to adjust tension? what tension is good and what isn't? or if the tension is the reason why I'm having such difficulty?
very type A personality, one would not even fathom how much time I have spent on this but still have not sewn a stitch. It's not like I didn't try. I've just failed miserably. And I am determined not to give up! As the days go by I see my dream of sewing my (future) babies' clothes fading away.
I said it was going so-so but it's actually been pretty bad. After setting up everything I try to sew but the machine gets jammed, no stitch is shown despite pressing the foot pedal, or the bobbin thread (the underside) looks like a big ball of mess. Grrrgh!
I have decided to ask for help--with a little nudge from my husband. We plan to visit Florida in a few weeks so I will take that heavy thing with me so that my husband's sister (who is good at everything--really she is) can give me some direction. I feel like I'm so close to getting it but then I don't actually get it. I guess I just have to give in and get help. I was trying to teach myself but if I want to alter that dress (see older post) by late spring, I will need some help soon.
So anyway, I will keep you posted. Don't worry I've never been a quitter so I will learn how to sew using a sewing machine even if it's the last thing I do on this Earth. I know, intense right?