Darn it all, I was on a roll and I mean a real roll. I spent a couple of hours this afternoon whipping up squares and blocks into cushion covers. I had made a quilt using the same pattern and loved it – so incredibly quick and easy and decided to resize the blocks to use up the left over fabrics and make some more cushions for the lounge room.
Literally two hours from start to finish I had the patchworked part of three cushions cut and sewn ready to quilt. My machine started to play up a bit – the top thread kept looping on the bottom. I changed needles and it was fine.
After tea I decided I would quilt them and then trouble struck. I have spent the past hour pulling my machine apart (all the bits I’m game to which ended up being quite a bit) and cleaning it thoroughly – not that it needed it as it wasn’t that long since I last did it. Reoiled all the bits I thought needed oiling (another job that may not have been necessary, but I did it anyway) and tried again. The problem is worse…..ARRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!! More top thread than ever is looping to the bottom.
I have tried – completely rethreading both the machine and bobbin, changing the needle, changing the thread, fiddling with the tension, cleaning the machine and swearing a lot under my breath. Ashley then got in on the act and fiddled around a bit more – but no luck there at all either. So the end result is that the machine will have to go in for a service which could cost me $80 or more. Money I loathe spending, but will have to if I want to keep the machine in running order. I worked out that it has to be 12 years old and has done heaps and heaps of work – so I guess to play up now is acceptable – not! It’s a Janome Memory Craft 4000 and I cannot even find it listed on the Janome sites I found on the net. Obviously another machine gone by the way side.
Hopefully tomorrow the Elna I bought off ebay will be here and I will be able to continue sewing. I bought another machine as it is one of the old solid metal ones, with the largest base area I have ever seen. I mainly want it for machine embroidery – I think it will handle it better than my Janome which didn’t seem to appreciate it all that much. If the Elna doesn’t arrive I will have to resort to the old Singer Sewing machine the girls use.
I should note that I’m not particuarly into brand name dropping. I only bought the Janome cause that was the only sewing machine dealer we had in town at the time. How’s that for small town living. Now I think there are a couple of places that sell sewing machines of different brands – not that I want one of the more modern machines. Mum bought a very basic Janome (yep that name keeps cropping up) and it’s useless. So light and flimsy and really not worth the money. Hopefully this Elna will live up to my expectations.
Maybe I should be looking for a treadle or hand operated Singer Sewing Machine. At least I know they have stood the test of time.