both my machines rip my thread no matter how i adjust the tension even without the presser foot down it seems to make it too high tension. i have a singer confidence, int eh repair shop as a trade in, he will sell me something else, but i want to find out what will be good for what i am doing.
i have piper silk floss. which is an embroidery thread, but i will be doing hopefully, please god, quilting and garmet making with it or with a slightly stronger silk thread which works ok in my machines. i dont really need a ton of fnacy stitches just for it to be able to take the thread without going haywire. i have been trying to work with either machine for months now, trying to fix the machines, sometimes the singer confidence will work fine for a few inches then starts nesting or ripping or breaking the needle. ive done everything i can think of, even lowered the tension from the bar that holds it because the confidence seems to have a very high tension problem and you cant adjust the bobbin tension which is frustrating. the elna i also have works ok, but its stiches are so uneven it looks aweful. ok for making a seam but not for a decoration or quilting. it kind of starts the stitchh at one point then ends it a little ways over, and eveyr second stitch is smaller than the middle. i managed to sew some quilting with it for a few minutes nad was so happy but then it just stopped working and i hadnt adjusted anything. then i had to fix the plug as a wire came off.
i have some sulky stabilizer but its insane stuff. ive used it wet soaked into fabric ok, but as a top or bottom layer it is like trying to wrap a snadwich in clingfilm... is there such a thing as iron on wash away stabilizer. the silk is so slippy even cutting it is difficult. it needs really small stiches and really small thread but the thread i have just isnt strong enough and the storn gsilk thread i got is way too bulky and dull.
i really just want a machine that i dont need a degree in engineering and ten screwdrivers to use, which will sew for more than fiveminutes consistantly, and which will take small thread and will easily allow me to use silk fabric. maybe i need different feet, the dogs dont drop on either machine so that must not be good and the darning plate pops off eveyr five seconds.
i have sat down every day and tried to work out whats wrong spent hours watching videos and changing needles and tensions and wondering what the hell is wrong with me that i have such bad luck, it seems to work out ok if i am doing a sample square and then i get excited and go to do the real thing and bam it will chew up my nice silk or unravel and nest of thread on me.
i know its crazy to be trying to do silk and batting and ambroidery and garment making and using weird threads, when i should be using pooly cotton and poly thread and just being normal. but i really cant hack unethical materials, and i also am nowhere near any shops to buy fabric nor can i really afford it. i could maybe use some of my old bedsheets, cut them up and do something. but that would work fine , then the minute i try to do it in silk its not going to work and ill have some weird bedsheet pants that nobody wants. lol. i am wearing some silk pants tha ti made last year which are very wonky but man they are comfy, the top is not finished on them so i might try to finish them now. i just feel a bit lost without a machine that runs smoothly and id like to be spending my time sewing and making things instead of constantly readjusting and tinkering and stopping to figure out whats wrong this time.
thanks for any recommendations anyone can give me. i would so appreciate it. oh the one that the repair man offered me was a janome j3 18.for 310 euro which i ssee in another shop is only 139 euro. and it looks plastic and so similar to the one i had problems with that i said i would get some advic eand get back to him.