I have been happily sewing away on my treadle since returning from the TOGA last month.
For some reason the thread was not being picked up to form a proper stitch and I kept getting "birdnests" on the back of my quilt.
|The thread on the right is the first loop that is supposed to pull up to form a stitch. The middle thread is the bobbin thread. The thread on the right is the next loop coming to form the next stitch.|
I did some investigating and found that periodically a loop would not be picked up to form a stitch... then the second loop would come by and grab that loop, form a stitch and form the "birdsnest" with the first loop. I figured out what was wrong, but had no idea why it was happening.
I logged onto the internet and the facebook TreadleQuilters group and posted about my problem asking for help. I had many suggestions....
Rethread the machine properly... I unthreaded and rethreaded being extra careful to make sure I didn't miss a step
Change the needle.... I first had to search and find all the different needles I had in stock and then needed a lesson on needle types and sizes before finding the correct one.
Clean the tension disks...I folded and ran a dollar bill between the disks to clear out any potential lint or stray threads.
Adjust the tension... I turned the knob left, I turned the knob right... but nothing worked. The stitches would not form propperly!
I was getting totally frustrated!
Then the group moderator logged on and suggested that I clean the feed-dog area.
So I took off the needle plate, brushed out the little bit of lint that was in there. And for good measure I loosened the belt, tipped the head back and brushed out a few specs of lint from the the underside also. And while I was there, I oiled all the moving parts too! I put everything back together and...
HALLELUJIA! she was sewing properly again! It is amazing that a little speck of lint... no bigger than a pin head, could cause so much trouble!
So now my binding is sewed on and I will finish the handstitching on it while watching tv this weekend.
Thank goodness for the internet! I don't know how we survived without it!