Apologies for the hideously lit photo, but this isn’t a blog post so much as a cry for help. Literally! Can you help me diagnose and / or fix my sewing machine?
I have a simple Janome (who I recently named Norman) and it doesn’t do much, but it’s always done it all just fine. I’ve had it for a few years and even though I’ve never really given it much care, it’s always been very well-behaved, putting up with a lot of crap from me.
When I made my Liberty pillowcases the other day, I noticed it making a louder sound, then just a few minutes after, starting sewing poorly. It feels like the feed dogs have these odd moments where they aren’t pushing forward properly, and it becomes very difficult to sew in a straight line and the stitch length becomes erratic. That night, I apologized to Norman for never ever cleaning him and did all the things you’re supposed to do. Dusting, wiping, oiling, etc.
That worked a treat, until a few nights later, when the same happened after a bit of sewing. Since I had never cleaned or oiled him, I thought that might not have been enough to get it all back in ship-shape, so I did a second round. I’ve kept all oiling to just one drop at a time, so I don’t think I’m now over-oiling.
Now I want to sew this lovely scottie dog you see here before you and, again, it was all going swimmingly. Then I heard the louder sound and witnessed the wonky sewing. This time I tried testing it out on some scrap fabric and it was totally fine. What the what?! I went back to my scottie, it was fine for another few seams, then weird again.
Sigh! I can’t imagine why Norman would be like this to me. I mean, I know I’m kind of a crappy owner, but I do love him, really. So I’m stuck for the moment and this post is both telling you about my crafting troubles and a shot in the dark to see if anyone out there is a sewing machine wiz-kid and has any tips for me. I should send Norman to the sewing machine doctor for some official maintenance, but I sure do wish I could finish my redecorating sewing first!