You can ask Microsoft or Apple about the issue(s) of
troubleshooting. They could each write a book, and their manuals show a lot of
work. Alas, no one can predict each scenario and correct it in advance.
These are a couple of subjects that will and do happen to many of
us. There are no 'totally inclusive' answers to events, but these will start to
help you. (Also, the green words are specific embroidery hints/tips/directions.)
1. Fabric shows some
movement, usually up & down, but it can be left to right.
a. This is generally
called ‘flagging.’ Your fabric is flapping in the breeze, aka hoop. There are
b. Poor hooping is a
significant cause of this matter. Check these for ideas:
c. Fabric is not taut
enough. This one is a difficulty for newbies. It does take practice to know
what "taut" actually means. That example is different for different
d. If you use felt,
push your thumb/finger in the center of the fabric. You will see there is a LOT
of 'give' there. Many instructors suggest using felt while you are learning. I
personally believe this is not a true method to show what your projects will
become. I avoid felt unless specific to my design. Get out all those scraps you
are hoarding and use them.
e. If you use denim,
that is an entirely different story. Denim is strong, has no 'give' (unless it
is a stretch fabric), and needs only a small amount of stabilizer. I use denim
as my 'starter,' training fabric. It will give you a sense of accomplishment!
2. The hoop is not
a. Just like anything,
hoops suffer from 'fatigue.' The screw
can be stripped. The sides can have some give.
b. There could be minor
chips or hairline fractures that are not necessarily obvious. Shop around for
replacement hoops, the differences in prices are incredible. This investment
will pay for itself, as projects don't get ruined by misalignment or slippage.
c. Some 'experts' (I am
not among those, but I do have ideas as food for thought.) Say that a bend
needle can be the cause. A bent needle, or one that was not well made, is a
hazard ready to happen. This one can create a projectile that is likely headed
for your eye.
d. You can place felt
pieces to hold the hoops tightly.
Keep in mind that your experience may well differ from mine/experts/helpful friends. It is the devil in the details that we are trying to work against.
Your manufacturer's User's Guide also has a section for "Troubleshooting." I always recommend that you keep your guide close to your machine. I believe it is advantageous to play around with your machine, use denim, and try simple designs already in your machine. When you have some knowledge under your belt, then get into reading the guide. If you are unfamiliar with the wording, it is difficult to understand what you are reading.
Even if your machine is a few years old, you may well be surprised to find tips and tricks in the guide.
My Freebie this time is an item for welcoming family and friends into your world.
Embroiderers have a beautiful perspective on life. Thank you for joining me.