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Beginner Sewist - Bec's Journey into Sewing

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

What went wrong???

It was that oh no moment where I wondered if I had already broken my new machine, I just didn't understand what happened!

Thread all caught-up and under the needle/bobbin area and it was just one red-hot mess!! It was all really tight too. That seemed concerning. So what do I do? Firstly I did the most sensible thing I could do...I took photos and sent them to Lindsey for the expert to tell me how to get out of this, but it was dinner time and she took WAYYY too long to reply (think 10 minutes, maybe), so I had to find another way.

Honestly this SHOULD NOT be recommended. I took a pin and my thread scissors and just kinda pulled at and cut the thread until it was a small enough ball to pull through the little slot! I would like to add that I did try to unscrew the plate first but the screwdriver that came with my machine was too long to use and I was too impatient to wait for hubby to find another more suitable - yes there is a running theme there. Anyway, ta-dah, its all out - well I hope it is. Lindsey did tell me to still check under the plate but I'm going for the wait and see approach - Sorry Lindsey!

Wow, so much to learn on this sewing journey of mine!! Please tell me I'm not the only one that has got thread all up like this?

FYI, in case you ever need it Lindsey's actual advice on this was, "you need to take the screws off the metal plate. Lift that up and then lift up the plastic to get to the box in case. Be careful here because you don't want to get it flipped around. Make sure it goes back in the same way it came out. This would have happened because the top probably isn't threaded correctly". And yes she was right, did you spot that the needle wasn't actually threaded in some of the photos?

Anyway, all sorted and my the #bonditop is nearly complete!


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