For my graduation several months ago, I received a beautiful sewing machine (Thanks M and D!), but there are times where I just get so frustrated with it. At least once a month, we develop a tension problem. User error, of course. In the past, it has been fixed by re-threading. Spool, bobbin... This time, the problem is the bobbin. It won't thread evenly and I am going crazy trying to fix it. I thread it correctly for winding and it ends up uneven. I slow down - it gets worse. It has been driving me crazy. Last night, after 2 seams I realized there was a problem when I went to try on the half of a sweatshirt that I had completed and I burst out of the seams.
I handled it quite maturely, though. Rather than going with my instincts of tearing everything apart and staring it down (possibly including a few tears), I folded the fabric and turned off my machine and went to bed. It can be solved another day. Because when I start stressing is when I end up adjusting things that I don't need to. And that just makes me more angry.
So the grand plan is to go back tomorrow and re-thread from scratch. And it'll be kind of nice to have a day off. Since the end of last week, I've been sewing non-stop. First there was a dress to make for my first day of school, then a sweatshirt, and I've also begun my Halloween costume. I guess the advantage of planning ahead is that I CAN take breaks rather than start yelling at the machine.
On another note, just the idea of my halloween costume makes me happy. I love the holiday and I never seem to have an excuse to go all out. But this year, I get to throw a party with a few like-minded friends of mine and I could not be more excited. More about my costume to come.
And if worse comes to worse, I can always buy pre-threaded bobbins.