Sewing is so relaxing when everything is going smoothly. It is so therapeutic to stitch away on a project while listening to music. However if you are having sewing machine issues - it can be an exercise in frustration. Over the past couple of weeks my trusty Pfaff has been skipping stitches BIG TIME. Usually every 5-6 stitches there is a giant skipped stitch. The unpicker has been working overtime. I have threaded and re-threaded the machine. Fiddled with the tension. Changed the needle several times. Given it a thorough clean and oil. Words have been uttered in frustration. (Sugar Sugar Sugar....)
I needed a small project to test my machine on after each adjustment so I made a little drawstring pouch to hold a small hand stitching project. (Don't look too closely at the stitching - it isn't pretty!!). At least the pretty fabric gave me something to smile about. The drawstring pouch was going to be a tutorial but I was way too frustrated!
Eventually I had an "aha" moment. I had recently bought a different brand of sewing machine needle when my local fabric store was out of Schmetz. I have now restocked the Schmetz and my loyal Pfaff Tiptronic (circa 2000) is once again stitching along perfectly. It really is a dream to sew on.
I had almost talked myself into upgrading to the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0. I was dreaming of the large 10 inch sewing space; the dual lights; automatic thread snipper; 200 stitches; and the Electronic Thread Tension. Sigh... Alas, it was not to be.....
Which sewing machine do you dream of owning?
Edit: Stay tuned for a Pretty pouch Tutorial:)
Edit: You can find the Pretty Drawstring Pouch Tutorial here.