Reenee--I had a Sears (1980ish) that did the same thing. I had it professionally cleaned and repaired but it eventually did the same thing again. I thought it was the tension, too. Have you checked the Singer web site? Perhaps there might be something there to help. If you have to replace one would you be able to count it as a business expense on your income taxes? Especially if you get the new job. Perhaps Honey will know what to do, she knows EVERYTHING.
ses - If it really is broken, I would pay ANYTHING to have my Singer repaired. My Grandma gave it to me for my 12th birthday and I've sewn so many things on it... I just can't fathom losing it. I'd even skip the Black Hills trip to pay for the repairs!
Post by moneysquirrel on Apr 5, 2011 19:31:11 GMT -5
Update: 2 NS and 3 CS days.
I seem to have a busy week this week -- appointments every afternoon and Saturday. Some of these will require spending (but maybe not at this time) but most will not.
One will be my annual eye exam and since I have been having major allergy issues and it has been several years since my glasses were changed that I suspect that expenses will occur. With the allergies I cannot use my contacts at this time and have been having very itchy eyes at night. We shall see want the results will bring.
Renee -- I haven't used my machine in so long I cannot help with your question. I suspect that mine may have similar issues when I try to begin working with it again.
We are not to judge thrift solely by the test of saving or spending. If one spends what he should prudently save, that certainly is to be deplored. But if one saves what he should prudently spend, that is not necessarily to be commended. A wise balance between the two is the desired end. ~Owen Young
Post by Honeylioness on Apr 6, 2011 9:23:04 GMT -5
*Can't help but chuckle as my name is bandied about*
reenee - when you say you "adjusted the tension" did you mean the dial on the face of the machine usually numbered from 0-9? If so that is probably NOT the tension you are having issues with - it''s your bobbin.
If the bobbin thread loops show on the top side of the seam and the top thread is straight, the upper tension is tighter than the lower . If spool thread loops show on the underside of the seam and the lower thread is straight, the upper tension is looser than the lower.
First thing - when was the last time you took the bobbin assembly apart and cleaned it? By removing the bobbin casing you often find mats of lint that can cause the bobbin to not move freely causing snags in the sewing. I use a stiff long bristled brush made for sewing machine maintenance AND a can of condensed air like they use to clean keyboards to really blow all the "gunk" out.
The second thing to check is the bobbin thread itself - is it wound neatly without any bunching or variations in tension when it was wound? Sometimes I have had to re-wind an entire bobbin onto a new one to correct this problem.
Once that is done - check the tension on the casing that holds your bobbin. Here is the easiest way to do this - and it should be done every time you change thread weight in the bobbin.
I am assuming your Singer has a bobbin case that looks like this:
See at the top of the picture there is a small screw holding in place the piece that allows the thread to exit - that is a tension mechanism.
If you have a bobbin case that detaches from the machine, test the tension by doing the following. Pull off about six inches of bobbin thread through the tension. Dangle the bobbin carrier with the bobbin in it while holding the thread above it. The lower tension should hold the carrier so that it does not drop. If it does, just turn the screw a quarter turn to the right. If it does not drop, try bouncing the carrier a little. If the tension is properly set, the carrier will drop a little and stop. If it does drop a couple of inches and stops, all is good. If the carrier does not drop at all even after pretty good bounce, the tension is too tight. Turn the screw a quarter turn to the left. Try again.
If you are STILL having issues then it is time to take your baby into a certified repairman and have him check all the mechanics as well as give it a good cleaning and oiling.
Update: 3 CSD + 1 NSD = 4 of 26, 3 of 12 MOAN I've made a change to my morning routine- I'm getting up about 1/2 hour earlier and taking Larry for a walk. He's higher energy than June, and this lets him get some energy out so that he can come back in and sleep next to DH and Junebug for another 4+ hours, instead of waking them up within an hour of when I leave. (DH normally comes to bed around 3-3:30am, I now get up at 6am.) On our "walk" I'm trying to jog for half of it. I'm not counting these as MOANs because I'm out of the house for 10-15 minutes, depending on how long I let Larry sniff around at the turn around point, but its extra movement, and especially with my balance ball shoes, I feel it.
SES: You are way to kind. I seriously screw up plenty! Trial and error has been my key to life Ugh the freezer meals have not worked out so well for me. Not only because I haven't even prepared any but it still takes 30-45 minutes to heat and then serve. Most nights I only have that amount of time to both cook and eat AND we are coming home from one thing, eating, and leaving to another. I have been making quick things like tacos and pasta. Tonight I am going to make Italian Herb Chicken in the crock pot courtesy of McCormick Slow Cookers Packet. I am not to savvy when it comes to cooking in general, especially crock pots. The McCormick Packets have made it really easy and they are only $1.62 and have the recipe on the back of the pack. The freezer meal would have come in handy on days like yesterday, when we had nothing going on but I was knee deep in cleaning. It would have been nice to just pop something in the oven and keep on task but I had to stop and make dinner-I can't complain too much it was Taco Tuesday!
SES/Sheila: Softball~I would be lying if I denied that it would be AMAZING to see my DD go to school on a softball scholarship! Right now I am focusing on keeping it fun for her, while developing her skill. She is only 9 and this is her first year playing so I don't want to burn her out. We went to the park yesterday to practice. Her pitching coach gave her a list of drills to do 3-4 times a week and it helps that it comes from her and not me. I do make sure that after she does the drills she has time to go and play on the playground for awhile. Her advantage is that she will play another year in minors while the other two pitchers on her team will be moving up. The disadvantage is we live in a very affluent competitive sports area and these families spend so much money on private coaching (we are using a college student, they use professionals) and equipment. We are able to live here because we found a very low rental during the down turn and have been fortunate that our landlord has no plans to raise rent and plans to rent to us for at least the next five years-not sure if that is our plans but it is nice security. It is in an excellent school district and I really do love the area. The biggest complaint from other parents about the sports in this area is that you have to kind of decide for your kid early on if they are going to play a sport because if the kids doesn't decided until high school they don't stand a chance of making the team against kids who have played since birth!
Dakota: great job at the consignment sale! How goes the potty training?
It is possible to get a NSD today. DD has a game at 6p and DS has his small group at the same time. I will drop her off at 5:30p take him, her game ends at 7:30 and he needs to be picked up at 8p and then we will come home and have dinner at around 8:30p-already make and waiting in the crock pot! We will eat a pb&J and some fruit at around 5p. It tool me nearly 4 hours yesterday just to clean out the girls room-that includes breaks to make lunch and play with my 3yo-but I cleaned out the closet and all of their drawers and toys, I also organized my DD book shelf! AND I updated my blog. Today I plan on tackling DS room!
Hmmph! not doing so well on on the NS. Now at 2NS, 1CS and 4NEO.
Mini-D came home from school on Monday and 30 mins later he was burning up (101 temp). He laid on me in the big chair in the living room for a while, then asked if he could go to bed. So we put him in bed at 6pm. He woke up a little after 7 and threw up then went back to sleep again. (luckily he threw up on one of the dog beds, so it was relatively easy clean up.) Tuesday AM the fever was gone, but he & I stayed home and watched movies until noon, then I took him to grandpa so I could go into work. He seems fine now, since he had been fever free for 24 hours he went back to school today. The teacher said that there were 3 out sick yesterday so it is going around.
Now we have to reschedule his birthday pics, because we were supposed to take them Monday night. Tonight he has his first tumbling tots class. I'm thinking he will really like it. We did it when he was 1 and he had fun, but he is so much more coordinated now, it should be a blast.
AZMOM- We are done with potty training!!!! He is a big boy now, as he will tell you frequently. He has mastered going standing up. The only thing left to master is wiping himself. He tries, but that usually just makes a big mess. I'm trying to decide if I actually need to go to the consignment sale by my house this weekend. I probably will run by on the 50% off day and see if there are any cute clothes left.
Honey- Now I know what to try with our sewing machine. You are a fountain of knowledge.
Smart- I've been fighting the coughing for weeks it feels like. I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Honey - Thank you for the info, it's actually got a drop in bobbin. Is there an easy way to test bobbin tension with that? I'll see what I can do with a brush and some canned air later. I'm also going to replace the thread, it's an older spool and I'm not sure I trust it. And yes, it was the upper tension I was trying to adjust. fingers crossed!
Honey - Just a quick update. I cleaned out the bobbin area of the machine (wow!) and made two small adjustments to the bobbin tension, and she's now a much happier sewing machine! Thank you! (I might have yelled OH YES! rather loudly when the second adjustment brought it back to normal... wonder what the neighbors are thinking ;D)
Hi ladies! I hope things have been going well for you all. As those of you who are friends with me on Facebook know, I've been super busy lately. I'm taking two classes and just wrapped up a 3 week freelance copyediting gig that consumed every waking moment plus robbed me of much sleep. I really really enjoyed the work though, and the money doesn't hurt either. Perhaps I can get enough of these projects to go freelance fulltime, but we shall see. It's a nice resume booster too. That said, tonight is the first weeknight in about a month that I've been able to just sit and veg and am a little at a loss as to what I'm supposed to do with myself hehe. I'm super excited at the possibility of achieving financial goals beyond what I planned, but that's assuming I get more freelance work from this publisher... trying not to get too ahead of myself.
Blue_wagon has been having some problems adjusting to his new job, unfortunately. He's doing his job very well, but his project team seems to lack leadership and communication skills and blue finds himself redoing the same project five times as additional information is remembered and relayed to him. So while he enjoys the work, it's an adjustment getting used to this new style of screw-up teamwork... once he's been there longer he'll be more assertive about what info he needs and how long they need to give him to redo things (like, not three hours notice). Plus he's taking a financial management class for his MA program, and he HATES finance (which is why I'm CFO). so he's not really enjoying life too much right now, which is sad. I baked him a cake last weekend... but other than just listening and letting him know I love him I'm not sure how to be a "better wife" in this situation...
The kitties are doing great. 7 months already. Crazy!! Love them so much and can't imagine our house without them. They are both passed out asleep (of course). The do have a knack for killing plants. I've bought two and they've eaten all the leaves off. I got some spider plant cuttings from my mom and planted those in two pots, and I come home daily to find some strewn about. I am spraying "cat repellant" on the plants but after about an hour it does nothing. Spraying water at the cats doesn't stop them anymore. Popping balloons didn't work. Suggestions welcome. I love having plants around, and other than the Basil, which seems to offend them, they eat everything else I bring home. I got fake flowers just so we'd have something...
Okay so that's my update. I miss you all and hope things calm down enough at work so I can catch up and keep up this month. I'm going to try to get more NS days. I've been buying soda and chips a lot at lunch and that's bad for my wallet and my waistline (gained back much of what I lost last year... really need to start going to the gym again now I've got time...).
Ug, what a day. Someone at work is messing with my calendar and it makes me very cranky. For tomorrow it means moving a call and lots of leg work to smooth things over. Ug.
On the bright side blue_eyes decided we needed to play hangman via chat today and we sent a lot of _ _ t _ _ msgs back and forth ;D that boy definitely knows how to make my day better.
Remember the endurance run for antique cars I photographed last June? My family has been participating for years and grandpa was a staple. Since he passed in April my uncle will be driving his car, the Faultless, in the run this year. Only my parents and I know so far that the tour committee has taken my photos of the car for the t-shirt design. And the name of the tour will be "Faultless to the End" I'm back as official photographer again this year and just knowing how they're going to honor his legacy makes me want to cry. (for the newbies, my grandpa died at 90 last year the day after my birthday. Just a few months earlier he drove in a 100 mile endurance run in a 1922 model t speedster.)
today was almost a NSD, I bought a cold coffee to ease my sore throat after driving down the dusty roads in my efforts to steal flowers. well, they're on public land so pluck flowers. now the house smells ah-mazing.
Post by Honeylioness on Apr 7, 2011 8:15:32 GMT -5
startsmart - I am glad to hear that Blue Eyes is helping you take some down time. And I agree - flowers on public land are for the public right? And I am the public yes? I would have been right there with you. Although I tend to go very organized on my raids (with a small bucket of water in the back seat to keep them fresh.
reenee - So glad your machine is once more humming along. And you not only learned a new skill but saved money on repairs. Happy Sewing.
azmom - Great job in persevering with the girl's room. My mother used to say sometimes it was like performing an archeological dig trying to find the floor in my brother's bedroom.
dakota - Hope mini-D is feeling better.
redwagon - Good to see you, thanks for the update. Sorry to hear Blue is struggling with his new team but glad you and he have the kitties to come home to for snuggles and entertainment.
A couple of ideas on the plant front: Are you hanging the plants from wall hooks or are they floor/table pots. I would try hanging plants, especially the spider plant, as it will make it much more difficult for the "kids" to get to them.
For larger floor pots try mulching around the plant with sharp rocks or small prickly pine cones. They won't like how they feel on their paws and will seek easier "prey".
There is a variety of coleus called Coleus Canina that has been proven to repel cat's attention. Apparently it has an odor they can't stand.
Cats also are NOT a fan of anything citrus and will avoid it at all costs. You can put lemon, grapefruit or orange peels in a small pouch of cheesecloth and then into the pot with the plant. You may have to repeat this with fresh peels for a couple of weeks until the kitties get the message.
Also try adding 10-12 drops of a citrus oil into two cups of water then into a spray bottle - mist the plants with this. It will not hurt the plants. Humans find the scent refreshing, but the cats should be repelled enough to not even try chewing on the greenery.
You could also try growing a small saucer like pot of wheat grass for them especially. If they have their own grazing place they are less likely to chomp on your house plants. I would recommend going to an organic or natural food store and buying Wheat Berries to use as starter seeds. These shoots are less upsetting to a cats digestion than regular grass seed.
Okay, there is some sort of uber-weirdness going on at my condo complex.
The Board had made all the arrangements for our annual Owner's Meeting and election of new Board Members for next Tuesday, April 12th. While it bit the big one that it was the night before I leave on my trip - it is what it is.
Then yesterday I come home to see a sign on the mail boxes that the meeting has been "postponed" and find a voice mail on my home phone from one of the other Board members saying that "something unexpected" came up?
Excuse me??? I, as another Board Member, knew of nothing that would be so bad we needed to cancel the meeting. And just WHO made the decision hmmmm??? .... there surely was not discussion amongst the Board as I was just presented with a "done deal".
I have sent an e-mail asking for more clarification last night - but still have heard NADA. I am getting more than annoyed.
I am pretty sure this is not "controlled spend" - so I guess I had a slip yesterday. But I feel good about my decision. For years I have had my hair professionally colored, foiled etc. the grow out yesterday was all of a sudden "glaring" and I needed to deal with it immediately. So, for the first time in my nearly 50 years, I colored my own hair. $10 instead of $60. The gray is gone, the color is dull, but I will take it!
I have a tough $ goal to achieve by the end of may. My spending has to be at the bare minimum. I will be so proud of myself if I accomplish this!
Post by sheilaincali on Apr 7, 2011 8:59:00 GMT -5
mcreal: WTG I am all about the baby-steps. Recognizing that there was a big $ difference between going the salon route and the DIY route is big. Karma for you!
We have hair night tonight at my sister's house. It's a monthly thing so I budget it in. My nephew (who is super afraid of all dogs) told me that I could bring my Zoe over tonight and he would play with her. My dad thinks the kids need some immersion therapy to get used to dogs. My nephew is almost 5, he and his almost 7 year old sister scream bloody murder anytime they see a dog even from a distance. Like the neighbor's dog going for a walk while my nephew and niece are inside the house. It's getting difficult to take them places because they freak out so much. No traumatic reason that anyone knows of (no attacks, bites, etc) just afraid of all pets- dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, bunnies, etc.
Honey - I knew I could count on you!! I have a lemon at home I will zest it up tonight and see what that does. I'll also check into that plant. I fear hanging plants would only encourage them - they can jump higher than any cat I've ever seen. And with our small house, there'd always be something they could jump onto to get closer to the plant. Good idea though. the citrus though... that might be the ticket. I worry with giving them their own plant that they won't understand that that's the ONLY one, but I'll give that a try, too. Thanks again!!! And that is very odd what your board did. Annoying.
Update: 3 CS + 2 NS = 5 of 26, 3 of 12 MOANs Today will be a CSD due to the vet visit for the dogs. We have a ton of work to do in the basement this weekend in order to get it ready for the for the work crew to come jackhammer out the floor and install pipes and a gravity drain so that we don't ever flood again. So, I'm hoping to be able to catch up on NSDs then.
startsmart: How wonderful of the car club to honor your grandfather that way. And how fabulous that they are asking you back as the official photographer. But my real question is, will those t-shirts be available on line?
sheila: I find it sad when people are afraid of animals. But that's fabulous that your nephew is making progress and willing to play with your dog. If your sister is really interested in helping the kids get over their fears, she might want to look into local organizations that help certify therapy dogs. They could probably put her in touch with people who would be willing to help and have animals that are trained to stay calm and relaxed in the face of bad reactions. Or check with the school district or local libraries to see if there's a reading therapy dog that the kids might be able to meet. Those dogs are trained specifically to work with kids.
Post by sheilaincali on Apr 7, 2011 9:34:15 GMT -5
Shanen: Thanks for your suggestions. They are getting better around my brother's huge dog (Malamute). But Darwin is super duper calm. When he is in his playpen they will go into the garage if someone holds them. This weekend my niece actually petted Darwin. Now if he stood up she would run and stand behind an adult. My nephew has a couple of serious phobias that they are working on- animals and water. My sister has him in swimming lessons how so he is getting better around water. My dad thinks we should capitalize on his water bravery and see how he does with the pets now.
Hi all! Well the world foiled my attempts to spend yesterday. I had to go to the GYN again for issues and was feeling sorry for myself and stopped at a clothing store and looked for both mini-D and myself and found nothing. Then I went to the Party store to get construction cake plates for mini-D's birthday and again nothing. So I went to CVS to get my prescription filled and was going to pick up some of the free after EB items this week and they were out of them. Since I don't count medical expenses it was an NS, but not for lack of trying.
We took mini-D to his first toddle tumble last night and after being a klingon for 10 mins or so, he had a blast. He did somersaults and cartwheels with assistance. Then the highlight of the class was that they all got to pick stickers at the end of class.
My new assistant is really picking things up quickly and might be a contender to take over my job if I find something new.
Honey- That is odd about the board. Is there anything you don't know?
Start- Very cool about the shirt and photo gig. Glad Blue Eyes is helping keep you sane.
Red- Congrats on the freelancing. No idea on kitty proof plants, but is sounds like our fountain of knowledge Honey came through for you.
Reenee- Yeah on getting the sewing machine working.
Shelia- My neice has decided she is scared of bigs dogs recently. She's 9 and until this past year she has always loved to play with my 2, in fact she wanted to take my female home with her all the time. But she announced a few months ago that big dogs are scary and she wants ours outside if she is at our house. I talked to my DB &SIL and nothing happened to her with big dogs, so I just said too bad, this is their house they will be inside, but did keep them upstairs. Her dad thinks that one of her school friends is afraid of big dogs, so she decided to be too.
Post by Honeylioness on Apr 7, 2011 10:49:32 GMT -5
First, let me say that I am actually not devastated that I won't have to attend this meeting the night before I am supposed to fly out of Boston. However, having said that .... I am now just in, well, almost awe I guess, of the sheer B@LLS of some people.
The "unexpected circumstance" is that M, the other woman on the Board, has to work. Now, she told us over a month ago that it would be okay per her boss to leave for two hours, do the meeting, and go back to work. And where does she work? The IRS.
Excuse me - but since it looks as though we will be having a government shut down tomorrow and one of the things that will close is the IRS - in fact no checks will be cut - AND this woman is a temp .... just HOW does she qualify as "essential" staff?
And how come she thought it would be okay to take it upon herself to cancel the meeting without discussing it with anyone? I just spoke to her on the phone and she said she talked to "A" a few days ago and "mentioned" she might have a problem with her work hours .... that in my mind is NOT a discussion ... and I did not even get the courtesy of a message or note telling me this was a possibility.
Frankly, we CAN have the meeting with only two Board Members present. No where does it say we MUST have a complete Board.
I got the best mail today... does anyone know what it is? ;D Reenee does, ladies, she made me a veil for my wedding. It is so pretty. When we have the wedding I must show you ladies the pictures. Honey, I'd say you have the meeting if you wish, but if waiting till you get back is easier for you, do that. I had a weird experience yesterday at work. My bosses, boss waited till we were by ourselves and asked if I would continue working if I only had to work 11-2 (lunch rush). I told him no, he said think about it. I told him they need to fix things like the sidework but still no. But, I would be willing to be on call (but not until after the wedding) he said ok. This would allow me to make a little extra money when I needed it without as much of the stress. The strangest part is when two other people quit because work was not working with them regarding work/life balance they just said ok, no compromise. Why are they doing this with me? And why my boss's boss and not my boss?
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Honey - the absolute gall of some people. Jeeze. I used to hate it when the newbie/temp people got all self righteous about their jobs. It was sometimes necessary to remind them "you make the coffee. If we could train a chimp to use filters you'd be out of a job"
Shenan- actually I'm going to email the event organizers because we've talked them into making tote bags since many of the women don't like the t-shirts. I'd like to have them selling the shirts and bags in an online shop to raise money for the club. You can check out pictures online, this one is of the tech crew, Grandpa is the little guy sitting in front of the car www.scvmtfc.org/610endurance/endur2010%20%282%29.jpg I also have to laugh because my dad built and I painted that checkered platform 10 years ago. Every year they ask me to take it home and repaint!
Insomnia - a fun side effect of being sick is being unable to sleep. Typically I'm up until 1-2am and after a few hours there's nothing I can do to get comfortable. And then days like today when I'm exhausted, want to sleep all morning and have to get up and work instead. Bah.
2 NSD!! Yippee-Today is pay day and spend day! I needed gas for the car and I bought Turbo Tax (Finally time to bite the bullet and figure out how many thousands we owe ) Tomorrow will be a spend day as well. It is the Home Opener for the D-Backs. We bought tickets awhile and we have budgeted for tomorrows ballpark expense. It is a tradition in our family we are okay with spending money on.
I'll have to catch up on the comments later...must get taxes done!
Back from the work trip to NY - all NS days because I was too busy to do anything but work. Home for 2.5 days and then back up again. Except for missing my DH & fuzzy girls it is way less stressful to be in meetings in NY then in my office.
honey - just throwing this out there - why not say who the carp do you think you are? what is the downside - they kick you off the board? not happening because you haven't done anything wrong. Sometimes good, smart, well mannered people have to extend the claws, bare the teeth and kick a little ass. [just had something similar happen at work - it was my tipping point - and now they are scared enough of me to snipe elsewhere]
gin - your bosses boss asked you that because you are an asset to them - more so than others - take the compliment - work when it works for you
startsmart - please take care of yourself - work life balance. how are your pups btw?
honey #2 - my itouch recommendation - ANGRY BIRDS - there are 3 different versions, regular, rio and holiday. And they are free - so NS shopping! Plus I figure once I master these (if I ever do) I can consider paying for new versions. But these will amuse me for a while.
New resume is done, goes up/out to recruiters this weekend. Let's see what happens.
"essential" government employees - everyone thinks they are, far too many people are classified that way - fundamentally I'm not sure how playing chicken with other people's lives is right - lots of blame to go around. The good news for me - I don't have to ponder my essentially because we are a self funded agency and don't close!
3cats hugs - just hugs
Everyone have fun and take care - I'll be reading along when I can - but not likely to post till next week. I should rack up NS days - the meetings next week are scheduled from 9am to 6pm. fun
Update: 4 CS + 2 NS = 6 of 24, 4 of 12 MOAN I don't know much about the gov't shutdown, so I've mostly been keeping my mouth shut about it, but I think they've gotten better than they used to be. I seem to remember the gov't shutting down at least once in the early 90s, when 3 of my 4 parents all worked for the VA - so none of them were working/getting paid AND it was at the end/start of the calendar year, so right at the holidays. It meant none of my parents had to take time off on the holidays, but that those holidays were lean. I also remember my mom going in to work anyway, because even though she wasn't getting paid, there were personnel actions that had to happen to make sure all the doctors and nurses got paid as they were supposed to. I went in with her and did alphabetizing and filing.