Just walk away from the machine and nobody will get hurt. This is what I had to do this morning. For the life of me, I couldn’t get a proper stitch. Either the bobbin has too much tension or the top thread does. I broke two needles and bent a third. Typically, when a stitch goes bad, I re-thread and/or replace the bobbin. When this didn’t work, I pulled out the manual. When that didn’t work, I phoned a friend.
Now I’ve lost an hour. Feeling stressed because this quilt needs to be completed by next week. All I can do is sit and wait for help. You’d never know that I’ve been sewing for 10 years. During times like this, I’ve found it best to set the project aside and turn my energy to something I couldn’t mess up like folding laundry and making beds.
Manny said he could sleep on it till I figured out the problem. This is how he handles a catastrophe. Come to think of it, I could use a nap too.
Four days later… the project is complete and machine has been dropped off for repair. The top thread broke at least a half-dozen times and broke a package of needles too. The only time I’ve destroyed a needle was if I ran over a pin. Hopefully, the next project won’t be so trying.