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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamasupial View Post
    I actually finished it tonight but the light is bad. Attachment 103208
    I'm having flashbacks to my own childhood! I grew up in these sorts of prints!!

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    Latest piece in construction IMG_20200307_203902_787.jpg

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    A beautiful quilt finished for a little man who loves lightening mcqueen20200405_155841.jpg

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    Funny pj pants for hubby. Was quite fitting given they were made when obtaining toilet paper received_219573799287417.jpg

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    I'm slowly getting more confident with my sewing. DH bought me a new machine last month for my birthday. I've made Lottie a few headbands and bibs, a pair of bummies, a pair of slouch trackies and a dress.

    Now however, with covid and masks being mandatory in Melbourne from this week I'm going to start making masks. I made one quickly earlier and just need to press and top stitch it. All of my family is in Melbourne so I'm posting a bunch down there 20200618_150352.jpg20200702_142240.jpg20200702_142510.jpg20200704_194249.jpg20200709_101739.jpg20200709_104541.jpg20200721_132649.jpg20200721_132705.jpg

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    ladies, i need your opinions please.

    i’m currently sewing using an aldi $99 machine. it’s ok, does the job, but i seem to have a lot of issues like bobbin thread tangling and catching at i am sewing, particularly when using stretchier knit fabrics.

    i’ve just been complaining to my mum and she seems to think i need a better machine. is this accurate?

    i don’t want to blame the machine if it’s operator error! is it me doing something wrong? do i need a different foot for knits? it generally goes ok when sewing with woven which makes me think it’s me and the fabric, as opposed to the machine itself.

    i’d prefer to try and resolve my issues and retain current machine, as i’m not really looking to spend more money. i am an occasional sewer at best these days.

    what do you think?

    and if you do think i could use a better machine, what would you recommend in the intermediate range?

    thankyou!

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    I've just half made something in knit. Had to change the needle to ballpoint and thread to polyester. I tried a walking foot, but the fabric still eaten by the bobbin. Think that was due to the way I'd threaded the bobbin though 🤦‍♀️
    I have a Janome, probably about $300-$400. I would love a Bernette but think that my current issues are operator error/lack of experience, and can't be solved by a fancier machine. So, much the same boat as yourself.
    I'm trying to sew more, but I find the pack up/put away too time consuming. I use the kitchen table as my sewing area.

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    I would look at the tension, stitch length/width and needle type before changing machines.

    Stretch is tricky. I’ve been sewing for almost 35 years and I avoid stretch when I can. In days gone by stretch was taught as a separate subject to ‘normal’ sewing as it has a few more things to think about.

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    Tensions, thread and the needles can all cause issues. Even my janome doesn't like cheap thread..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-DJ Nette View Post
    I would look at the tension, stitch length/width and needle type before changing machines.

    Stretch is tricky. I’ve been sewing for almost 35 years and I avoid stretch when I can. In days gone by stretch was taught as a separate subject to ‘normal’ sewing as it has a few more things to think about.
    Yep, also sewing 40 years and avoid stretch fabric/projects!

    #1 question with a cheap machine chewing the threads - are you holding the thread tails when you start to sew each time? Sorry, just fancy machines you don't need to do this, but old/cheap ones you do.

    I upgraded from a 1-up-from-cheapest Janome to an $800 Huskvarna a couple of years ago and OMG it is a DREAM to sew with! I had planned on handing down the old machine for the kids to learn on but decided that the new machine should be used to learn as it will save them so much bother and frustration!

    My new machine hates cheap thread though. It gets stuck in the top tensioners. I have to use guitterman etc.

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