Early on, I had an old sewing machine that I used to sew straight lines in order to make simple curtains. Still, it always "messed up" for me. When we moved to Nashville, I got rid of that old machine---feeling like now I could afford to just hire someone to make curtains for me. That worked.
Fast forward 20 years. When sewing on scrapbook pages became all the rage, I bought myself a machine from Walmart. It was not expensive---$79, but it was a Singer which I knew to be a good brand.
Then there was the time when the bobbin ran out of thread. The machine went un-used for nearly a year because I knew that I would need time to pull out the book and figure out how to refill the bobbin and replace it in the machine. Luckily for me, a friend was here and did it for me in about ONE minute. She didn't even have to look at the book!
When we scrapbook at the farm we use Karolyn's old sewing machine. Of course, she's there to handle everything---changing thread colors and dealing with the bobbin. This past trip, she encouraged us to try some new techniques with the machine. I used it for this page:
That brings me to yesterday when I decided to use my own machine to complete the page. I knew that I would have to get out the book to figure out how to change the thread from black to green. For several years now, I've only used black thread. Go ahead, laugh, it's okay!
Since the machine has clear numbers of what to do, I thought it would be easy. Not so. The instructions look like this:
Then there's this:
It clearly shows #1 with an arrow pointing to the #2 thing. But what the heck? Does this not look like something is supposed to wrap around this silver button? I did it, but then took it out since pictures in the book do not show a top view like this. I continued on. At one point, it said to pass the thread behind the thin metal piece. Well, there are a lot of thin metal pieces. I finally got it---or so I thought since it looked like this:
All of this took me an hour---what a waste of time. I might have been better off with this: