My sewing machine has been acting up off and on for months. I can usually finesse it into cooperating long enough to get a project done but, lately, it hasn't been going so well. The tension on this thing is all kinds of bad. Not just bad but inconsistent between stitches. It will take one or two stitches that are ok, two that are adequate, one that is really bad, maybe leave a loop on the bobbin side, and then stitch a few more good ones... Sometimes, it makes a thunk noise. I assume that's bad.
Sometimes, it will be just fine. I'll have no problems but, gradually, the issue is becoming more and more pronounced. Now, I have to sew with the tension up at some crazy setting for the upper thread not to pull through to the underside of my project.
Yes, my bobbin is in right and my machine is threaded correctly. I've checked and rechecked that. I've made sure I'm using the correct bobbins for my machine. I've cleaned the machine (and removed a bent pin from the under the bobbin case *blush*). A new bobbin case didn't fix the problem. It seems to be okay on zigzag stitches, but maybe that's just because I don't know what I'm looking for?
So, I suppose the next step is taking it to the shop, but I'll confess, she's a cheap machine. I own a very cheap machine. In fact, servicing the machine will probably cost as much as buying a new one.
I have a backup but it has issues too. This is probably related to the fact that it's an even cheaper model. I'm seeing a trend here, are you? I think what this means is that I need to save up for a sturdier machine. Considering how much I sew, it's probably time to make the investment. What model do you have or would you recommend?