Just Sew You Know - Frequently Asked Questions:
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Q: I have a household embroidery machine and I want to start my own embroidery business. Will my machine work for this?
Q: How do I know if my machine is experiencing a bushing failure?
Q: My bobbin will not wind correctly. It is all loose and "spongey" when I take it off the bobbin winder. What am I doing wrong?
Q: When I use my sewing machine, my thread tangles, my machine jams and I have a mess! What is causing this and how do I prevent it?
Q: School will be out for the summer soon and I am looking for some easy projects for my pre-teen daughter. Do you have any ideas?
Q: When I am sewing, my machine makes an occasional loop on the bottom of the fabric. I have checked my tensions, rethreaded the machine and it still happens. What is causing this?
Q: I was changing threads in my sewing machine and the thread got stuck inside the machine when I was pulling it out. I tried to pull it out but the thread broke inside my machine. Will this hurt my machine? Do I need to bring it in for service?
Q: You often mention that we should change our needle after every garment or project. Aren't you just trying to sell more needles?
Q: I have a lovely piece of wool which I plan to use to make a jacket. Can I wash this or must it be dry cleaned?
Q:My sewing machine is not feeding the fabric like it should. The stitches are very small regardless of how I set the stitch length.
Q: My sewing machine is not making a good stitch. It is "dropping" stitches. What can I do to prevent this?
Q: How often should I bring my sewing machine in for repair and service?
Q: Recycling is so important....what can I do with old denim jeans? I see so many styles and ideas around, but don't know how to begin recycling old clothes.
Q: I am trying to encourage my granddaughter to sew and have given her my 30 year old machine to use. She does not seem to be interested, although she loves crafts and making things. How do I get her interested in sewing?