Celebrate! You’re in good company!

by Ramona on January 24, 2014

Wouldn’t you know it. Dog-gone it!

Even those of us who consider ourselves “seasoned” sewers have an occasional thing that just does not work out. Sometimes it is we’re in a rush and don’t pay attention, and sometimes the equipment fails us. That was my case last night.

I was working on a personal project; things were going along quite well. I had the TV on watching…err…rather more like listening to one of my favorite movies, “The Best Years of Our Lives”, starring Harold Russell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3EsNKlB7os). I was doing machine embroidery. The first designs stitched out great.


The machine ran out of bobbin thread, of course, right in the middle of the second design being stitched. I stopped the machine, rewound the bobbin, put it back in and started stitching away once again; no problems. While the machine was stitching I started to cut some of the pattern pieces.


The machine had stopped. I needed to change the thread color. I glanced at the stitching and what do I see? White bobbin thread in the red lettering!!!! Now that just won’t do! There is also some bobbin thread poking up through the red hair, but I was going to use a little trick to get rid of that (I’ll show you that in our series, too!) I’m not even going to venture a guess what happened. I watched the bobbin wind, so I know that the thread was snug. I inserted it correctly, so I am presuming it was probably a piece of lint under the plate of the bobbin case. UGH!

The fabric is 100% white cotton of a great quality, so I thought I could reasonably take the stitching out and redo that section. I have my own method of taking out stitching which works well for me and I’ll be sharing in our upcoming embroidery series; however, sometimes when stitching is taken out, because of the amount of stitching in the area, the fabric becomes weak…..so was the case this time. I spent about half an hour removing the stitches and found that the fabric started “warping” from doing so.


I checked under the throat plate, hardly any lint, so that was probably not the cause of the stitching problem.


I cut out a piece of an index card and slid it under the plate of the bobbin case to see if there was a piece of lint under there. Nothing there, so that is not it.


I double checked the winding of the bobbin. It is smooth, even and snug, so that is not it.


I’ll probably never know the reason for the stitching ill. Usually things run quite smoothly for me on all my equipment so perhaps it is the universe humbling me.

Luckily I’ve got enough fabric to work with and I’m just going to be stitching that design once again after work today, but not before doing a thorough cleaning of the machine and winding a new bobbin. Sometimes it is just better to give up a lost cause and start over.

So if you ever have a bad day sewing, know you are not alone. It happens to all of us at some time or another. You are in very good company so have a cup of tea to celebrate!

Sew ‘til next time…enjoy the journey of sewing!



Michael Paquette-Delcollo January 27, 2014 at 2:04 am

I enjoy embroidery. I have had the same problem and chalked it up to learning what to do when everything goes wrong. I am so glad I have such wonderful friends in ASG I can turn to for help and advice. I always look to ASG and YouTube for answers to my sewing problems. I am the Newly Elected President of the Las Vegas Chapter of ASG. I have selected the ‘Motto’ of our Chapter for 2014, “Sewing Is Growing”

Ramona January 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Hi Michael~

Congratulations on your new position within ASG!!!! We certainly do appreciate your leadership and willingness to volunteer your time and talents to your chapter. Because of my years of experience (how do we gain experience? by goofs!) in machine embroidery, both commercial and home; luckily I have very few mishaps; but believe me, I used to have my share while learning.

Yes, isn’t ASG a wonderful place for support and learning. Your “Motto” is perfect!

If your chapter would like some time, you can have me out to do a machine embroidery event for you. Machine embroidery is my passion and in teaching over the years, I’ve found I can really shorten the learning curve for folks. I love seeing eyes light up when attendees finally “get it”! You may contact me via my email (ramona at asg.org). I’ll be near your area (in AZ) probably around the first week of November, so costs would be less if I could tag a trip to your chapter on with that trip.

If you EVER have any questions on embroidery, please do email me. I’m happy to help!


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