Wednesday, July 01, 2009

days like these...



I carved a rubber-stamp, but it didn´t come out the way it was meant to be and also the stamped color was absorbed by the denim fabric immediately.

Only 2 weeks ago I had my sewing machine at repair and machine care. Yesterday new problems... the bobbin thread is showing up on the frontside of the sewn piece. It´s not possible to get a clean and regular zigzag stitch any more. I tried everything (?), from changing thread tension to using other needles, other thread, other fabric. But it was all the same. Do you have any further hints/tipps???

My PFAFF dealer is 4 weeks on holiday and an other PFAFF destination I asked for help didn´t feel like helping me today and let me know it´s not their business if MY dealer was on holiday.
That´s service in this country, friends....

I have orders to fulfill and just the thought of waiting 4 weeks until I can complain the last repair, makes me nervously shuffle my feet.
Maybe I can borrow a machine.

The new figure I am working on was inspired by this plate

Chris Gilmour makes incredible things with cardboard

17 comments:

Paperama said...

Hi Sandra,

first of all, your new design is sooo amazing & wonderful! About the machine, that sucks. I don't sew a lot, so I don't have a clue. I just have a very simple Victoria machine that her previous owner bought when her machine was in repair. If you like you can borrow it for a few weeks. I can try to find out the exact model later...

About the stamp on denim, maybe you can bleach it?

deedeen said...

Are you sure the "cannette" (don't know the name in english, sorry, it's the little bobin of thread under the foot) is placed correctly? Does it have to turn clockwise or anti-clockwise?

netamir said...

Oh, I know the feeling it is horrible! If you were a bit closer I would recommend you my sewing machine technician, he is so nice.
Many times I am facing similar problem with the threads, Most of the time it is floppy threads on the bottom side, then I know for sure the problem is with the tension of the upper thread.
I once faced similar problem as yours, it was in a workshop I taught with sewing machine I was not familiar with. I felt so bad because I had the students and suddenly I couldn't operate the sewing machine, and couldn't get a technician or another sewing machine. I was looking in the instruction book and eventually found out that the problem was with the threading of the bobbing. I placed the thread as it should be in my own sewing machine and didn't notice it is a bit different with the machine I was working with. It was such a small difference that caused me big problems.
So maybe checking out the threading would work for you too?

Wish that your machine will repair as soon as possible. Hugs Neta

PilliPilli Handmade said...

Oh dear!

That is terrible! I hate it when things that are supposed to work in such or such fashion, get the hickups and just change their habbits!

It just shows how dependent we are of all those machines; computers, sewing machines...

Good luck!
K.
PilliPilli Handmade

herzensart said...

@Kathrin: thank you Kathrin your kind offer. My second machine is a Victoria too, but mine doesn´t have a variable zigzag stitch, which I need for all the applications. Maybe yours?

@deedeen: yes it is placed correctly, I checked that over and over again. It´s clockwise if your sitting in front of it

herzensart said...

@neta: your technician guy seems to be a real treasure :) I have checked both threads over and over again, all seems to be placed correctly.
Hugs to you too, Neta :)

@Katrien: you are right, the more technique, the more dependent we are. Yesterday I wished I had one of those sturdy old industry sewing machines with no complex digital technique

Beate Knappe said...

Ich fühle mit Dir - ja Dienstleistung ist nicht gerade ein Stärke hier in unserem Land....

Paperama said...

Hm yes, I think so - I can't seem to find a model number or name, so I just took picture:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kasaa/3680724791/

Just email me, if you think it would work for you - or I think you also have my number?

Uschi said...

Hach! Tischkantenbeißprobleme.....
Vielleicht magst du mal bei einem Schneider fragen...Änderungsschneiderei???
So umgehst du wahrscheinlich auch das Deutsche Service-Wüsten-Problem!
Und hetz den andern Trotteln deinen netten Polizisten auf den Hals!
Daumendrück!

Barbara Prime said...

A couple of suggestions. If the stamp isn't as white as you want, try hand-painting over it on the fabric. At least you already have the outline from the stamp.

Also, my old sewing machine had a similar problem. I found a tiny screw on the bobbin case that adjusted the tension of the bobbin thread. I just tightened it all the way, then loosened it a bit at a time until the tension was right again. Maybe your machine has a similar construction.

herzensart said...

First of all, thank you ladies for all your kind help and tipps!

@Uschi: ja, das ist keine schlechte Idee! Danke!

@Barbara: thanks for the painting tipp, have to try if it is practicable.
With the screw of the bobbin cabin I "played" already a lot to change the thread tension. But that seems not to be the problem.
Your package is on the way :)

N A D I N E said...

Hallo,

es kann sein, dass durch die Reparatur die Spule nicht mehr fest genug sitzt. Versuch mal ein Stück Baumwollstoff in der Größe der Spule zurechtzuschneiden, mach ein kleines Loch in das Stoffstück und stecke es auf diesen Dorn, bevor Du die Spulenkapsel einsetzt.

Viel Glück! Nadine

●• Tiny Red said...

oh my, it sounds frustrating to say the least...
hope you manage to sort something out soon.
lobe the pictures, everything looks great!

herzensart said...

Danke für Deinen Tipp Nadine, ich werde es ausprobieren!

PilliPilli Handmade said...

And if all else fails, you can always come to Italy and have a little holiday! I bet there is enough here to make you forget your studio-trouble!

We would be more than happy to welcome you here while you wait for your Pfaff-dealer to return from his travels...

:-)

Good luck!

iknitipurl said...

The design is amazing!

I second the motion on trying to use bleach on the stamp. Bummer about your machine.

mlle a. said...

Even though I hate counsel that starts with "You should...", let me say that maybe this dealer that sent you away has issues with your dealer. I am almost sure it is not about you, but that they have issues with their competition - so, even though it doesn't help you on your orders, you should think that they are just unprofessional business people and bad communicators. ;)

Did you thin down the paint, and is it a high-pigmented one? Denim is problematic for stamping, because the weave sucks up most of the colour. Unfortunately, stamping hardly lets you apply several layers. How about stamping the motive onto fabric with a finer weave and then sew or iron-on that patch onto the hat?

Last alternative: screenprinting / gocco.