Are you getting a bird’s nest of threads underneath your work?
Here are some tips to troubleshoot problems that may occurring when threading the bobbin:
- Firstly, have you got a nicely wound bobbin? If your thread looks messy or gives when you squeeze it on the bobbin, it is most likely that you haven’t wound it correctly. A well wound bobbin will have neat, even and firmly wrapped thread around it.
- Is your bobbin inserted correctly? Double check with your manual to ensure your thread is flowing clockwise or anti-clockwise as per your machine’s requirement.
- Is your bobbin thread pulled through it’s tension guide? You need to pull the bobbin thread through the notch/guide to ensure there is a small amount of tension on the thread.
- Did you snip of the thread tail? If you have a thread tail of a centremetre or more from the other end (not the end you are threading) your needle thread is going to try to pick-up both ends of the thread each time it rotates around the bobbin.
- Is the needle thread correctly threaded? One of the most common problems we see is that the thread is not on the silver up-take hook/guide.
- Don’t forget to lower the presser foot.
- You can also double check that you have not got your stitch length on zero.
- Lastly, try holding onto both of your threads for the first couple of stitches.
Make Mend Swap is a Melbournite trying to dress in style while not buying any new clothes for a year. The blog is an inspiration for the rest of us to do what we can and maybe give it a go ourselves.
I am scared of doing this for a whole year though. No new clothes for a whole year. I did make some concessions though. I can buy second hand, within reason, but mostly swap, sew, mend or modify what I already have.
Check out the challenge and how it is succeeding – click here.
There are daffodils nodding along the street, so that means this Spring Trench is about to have many, many outings! The Ulysses Trench Coat from Victory Patterns is a beautiful coat, drapey, pretty and with lots of lovely details included.
This trench sews up beautifully. All the seams are bound, in this coat Danielle used a linen pre-made binding from The Fabric Store. If you have two machines, thread up to match your fabric and thread up to match your binding – then there will be no delays at all.
The vent in the back of the trench is easy to sew and you’ll be very impressed with yourself. There is a rain guard and it has small notched in gaps to allow the belt to pass through. The epaulettes on the shoulders give a great line. The trench has set in sleeves, a simple shawl collar and no lining – so everyone can see your pretty bound seams. This woven fabric also came from The Fabric Store. It has fantastic drape.
The right choice of fabric for leggings will make or break their success. So we put together this guide to looking for the right fabrics.
Did you know that Elvis’ favourite colours were pink & black? Someone told me that years ago and it made the combo even hotter in my eyes!
So for the contrast shift dress sample that we’re currently making up, I wanted to feature the fav’ colours of The King. As well as a poodle print that I think he would approve of.
Learn to sew from scratch in six weeks.
In the lead up to Melbourne Fashion Week learn about sewing machines, jargon, fabrics, tools and a lot more with us! at the Melbourne City Library. In this focused course, learn to sew on a domestic sewing machine, meet people working in the fashion industry and running their own small businesses and make three items to take home.
- Saturdays, 12pm to 1:30pm; 4 August, 11 August, 18 August, 25 August, 1 September & 8 September.
- Cost: $20, participants will need to supply some materials.
- The course runs for six weeks and participants must commit to all six sessions.
- For 15 to 30 years, bookings essential.
Activity Space, City Library – 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9658 9500