I finished a new Goddess Potholder before my sewing machine jammed. This hasn’t happened in a long time, I’ve been very diligent about cleaning it weekly ( I didn’t want to get yelled at again, by the woman at the sewing machine shop) Apparently once a week isn’t enough. When I cleaned out the bobbin case and it still didn’t work I got my screwdriver and started taking the machine apart one piece at a time. There were clumps of dust in parts of it I had never seen before. I cleaned it for about an hour scraping the dust from the tiny plastic gears and then when I pressed on the foot pedal it worked!
I started another Goddess Potholder but the machine jammed before I got to finish it. I took it apart again, this time focusing on the threads caught in the gears with globs of dust and grease. I would pull out a thread with my needle nose plyer and think “Ah now I’ve got it” the machine would hum, the needle moving up and down for a few seconds, then stop. This happened again and again, reinforcing my obsessive tendencies. Each time I thought “This is the tread!” Each time there was another. I finally gave up when I couldn’t see any more dust or thread.
I got out my 25 year old Singer Sewing machine. If I couldn’t stream, I could still sew the potholders together. Oh, how using my old machine makes me appreciate my new one even more.
So now Jon and I are off to the Heirloom Sewing Shop to drop off my machine then to Joanne Fabric for some thread and batting, and since were in town dinner at the Bistro. A nice way to end the day.