Thread Vomit (Days 786 & 787)

My sewing machine legitimately hates me. I ran out of black thread and spent the last of my spare cash on more, only to come home and find out that my machine throws a fit when I try to sew with the new thread. It's the same kind of thread (polyester) as the thread that my machine agrees with, but it still won't work. It's a different texture, much rougher, and a little thicker, but I figured it would work if it was the same fibers. Apparently not.

So my sewing machine vomited thread all over my project. Other sewers probably know what I'm talking about, the machine sort of jams, like it gets a hiccup, and then when you turn over the fabric, there's all these loops and knots instead of neat stitches. I tried messing with the settings, re-threading the machine and the bobbin, changing the needle, and anything else I could think of before giving up and trying a different thread. Now I need to scrounge up my spare change and look for the "right" thread to buy.

Regardless of my machine hating me, I did manage to get some progress done. I finished both the shirt and vest for my Maid Yoko (TTGL) cosplay, and I started on the skirt. (I was working on the skirt when my machine threw a fit.) I decided the do large (five-inch) pleats on the skirt instead of trying to make it ruffled. I think the pleats look neater, and they give the same effect. I enjoy making pleats, it's simple and calming. I don't know why everyone else seems to hate them so much.

To finish the skirt, I need to hem the black part, make the second (white) layer, add lace to it, and add the zipper. After that, I need to make the red bow, the two hair bows, the apron, the wrist cuffs, the chopsticks, and whatever accessories I decide on. Pfft, and I thought this would be easy. It turned out to be a lot of work! Totally worth it though.

On the convention front, I finally made the facebook events for my and my boyfriend's Fanime 2012 panels. Check 'em out!
Magikarp: A History
Saturday, May 26th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hit 'em with a Splash Attack! Join us for a look at the Pokemon Magikarp, learn about its history, stats, anime appearances, and more!
Rattata: Top Percentage
Sunday, May 27th, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
"My Rattata is so awesome..." Brought to you by the hosts of "Magikarp: A History", you may just figure out why Youngster Joey loves this purple rat so much.

And one more shameless plug for my fleece hats!
"Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt"
Cute fleece hats shaped like Pokemon, cats, and other characters! I also take requests!
Hats priced from $10 to $30, made to order, and shipped in about a week.


  1. I absolutely hate when my machine starts to do the blasted 'messyloopytangling' thing. Perhaps you need to open up your machine and check for fluffs and fibers after all that sewing recently? Sometimes that can be what messes up the normal stitching progress. Or it can be as simple as your bobbin casing being a little out of place.

    Does sound like you're making progress regardless! Keep it up. :D

    1. I did open the machine and took out some of the parts inside to check for fluff. I also used a can of compressed air to blow away whatever debris I could. I sew on fleece frequently, and fluff gets inside of the machine. Though for some reason, reading your comment made me think that maybe the top and bottom thread should be the same type of thread? The bottom bobbin is currently wound with the old black thread that I had. So thanks for the inspiration for the idea, haha.

  2. Ohhhh! Yes, the thread should be the same top and bottom. It can cause loose stitches, and a lot of thread jumping around while sewing! Hope you've figured it out by now, since it's been a few days since your last post. :3

    Lol, and you're welcome!

    1. Well I tried asking the tread the same as the top. Didn't work. Then I tried some thread my friend had. That didn't work either. So I just used my friend's machine haha. Hopefully I can get mine working with the right color thread again soon though!