So I am at the sewing machine, happily stitching zig-zags around more 4x4 bandage pads. I had just switched an empty spool of thread for a full one, when the stitches went all wonky. I fiddled with the dials, trying to adjust the tension to straighten out the stitches. Didn't work.
So then I went in search of the instruction manual, tearing apart the book case where I thought it was. Finally found it, buried under a stack of quilting books. By that time there were books and magazines scattered all over the floor.
Read the instructions. Tried all the fixes for stitches. The zig-zags were still wonky.
Frustration is building. I dug out my other sewing machine, only to find that the spindle that holds the thread was broken off. Why do they make these things out of breakable plastic? Better buy some super glue soon.
Gave up and fixed a sandwich for lunch. Back at the machine, I took a long hard look and discovered I had threaded it with quilting thread by mistake. Quilting thread is stiffer and thicker than regular sewing thread. No wonder the stitches had gone all wonky.
Threaded the machine with regular sewing thread. Worked like a charm.
By the time I figured out what was wrong and cleaned up the mess I made looking for the manual and packed up the second machine and put it away, my morning was shot.
Those who don't sew will likely not understand how frustrating these machines can be sometimes. And those who do sew will get how something as simple as using the wrong thread can really mess things up.
So then I took a nap, which seemed like the most reasonable thing to do at the time. :)
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