If I had this tool from the beginning, the success rate of
my machine embroidery projects would have been the envy of many. You can’t
order it online and it doesn’t cost a thing. Patience, it's a virtue.
Recently, after a bit of a hiatus, I was working on an applique
embroidery design using GlitterFlex heat transfer vinyl that was giving me
fits. First, I had a bird’s nest under the hoop. Usually, that means that there
is a problem with the upper threading.
I rethreaded the machine and started over. The same thing
happened. So I then rethreaded and cleaned out the bobbin area. No improvement.
Next, I changed the needle. Then the thread was shredding. I
went to a larger needle and my machine stitched beautifully. That is, until I
realized I had stitched an area in the wrong color.
There would have been a day when I would have chucked
everything into a corner and started over, probably at a much later date. That
can get expensive and is a waste of time and materials.
Patience is practiced, not provided.
Instead of pitching the project, I tore out the stitching and started again. The
applique turned out just fine and nobody would ever realize the challenges it gave
Sometimes, it is beneficial to even walk away from a project
that is not cooperating. At any rate, just relax, do whatever it takes. Pour a
drink, take a bath, go to bed. Then, start over. This is supposed to be fun!