Simple Solutions To Complex Problems

sewing

Since the invention of the first working sewing machine in 1790, sewing machines have consistently grown in use and function. Most of us remember olden-days when a relative made all of the family’s clothing on a domestic machine. Not so today and so most students come into my class totally unschooled and fearful of a machine. I cannot tell you the number of times over my career a student has chosen hand-stitching simply to avoid mastering the machine.

For someone with sewing experience, the sound of a functioning machine is music to one’s ears. When I am interrupted in class by the sounds of a troubled machine, I walk over to the ailing student and say my standard line, “99 out of 100 times it’s the threading. Did you rethread the machine?” Seeing them sitting there so downtrodden, I don’t wait for the answer but pull out the spool, rethread the top, open the bobbin case and reset the bobbin and voila, they are back in business.

It’s simple: 99 out of 100 times it’s the threading!



One Thought

  1. Sarah says:

    What a great lesson! It reminds me of the idea that most technological problems can be solved by turning the thing off, unplugging, replugging, and starting the machine up over again :)

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