This morning, the sewing machine needle hit a pin in the fabric and jammed. The pin was stuck underneath the feeder teeth and bent upwards.
Alarmed, I removed the pressure foot. The holder and its screw fell off. Set aside the screw.
Tried wiggling out the pin using needle-nose pliers and a hemostat leftover from my college hippie days. (Don't judge.) Just yanked off the plastic pinhead. Threw it away. The pin wouldn't budge. Had no tool to remove the metal plate to look underneath.
If I take the sewing machine to a repair shop, it will take three or four months to get it back. I considered options.
From Bad to Worse
With wire cutters, I cut off and removed the part of the pin that was stuck in the feeder teeth and bent upwards. To my horror, the rest of the pin fell inside the sewing machine, out of sight.
Then I couldn't replace the pressure foot holder. Aauugh! There was nothing in the instruction manual. As a leftie, most screws go on the right.
Weak with Relief
After 15 minutes of frustrated fumbling, I discovered the screw goes on the left. Hooray! Tested the sewing machine on a fabric scrap and miracle of miracles, it works beautifully.
This is how far I got on the jacket today. That's the under-collar sticking up. All seams have Hong Kong finishing.
Tomorrow I'll take in the sides to fit me around the waist and hips.
That's enough for today. I'm emotionally exhausted from the struggle.
Loved your story ,most women are very mechanically inclined ,they just do not allow themselves to experiment ,If they do they start finding ways with ordinary items around the house to turn into tools and can get the job done, with a great deal of satisfaction that they have,,One of my best scenarios is that women make excellent mudders for drywall and become very skill full quickly,why because they already had that skill but in a different form ,spreading icing on a cake,,some women very skill full ,really not much difference between the two,,lot of home skills easily turned into trade skills,,happy it turn out so good for you
In the future if there is a wad of thread you may be able to break it up with a seam ripper then remove the pieces with the hemostats The throat plate can be taken off with usually 2 screws to give full access to the bobbin area. In re to screws, righty tighty, lefty loosey. Check on youtube for your machine model and how to do a thorough cleaning and maintenance and you may be able to fix it.
You keep claiming to be 'mechanically-inept' but these anecdotes make that less and less believable. Ha, ha.
Your sense of drama makes things sound like you're always an inch from catastrophe, but you're always confident enough to keep pitching -- and (maybe it's a natural tendency to not be a complainer, but...) somehow things seem always to work out for you in the end.
Lol. Shenanigans again.
BTW. I think a lot of not being 'mechanically-inept' is just being patient -- along with being willing to keep your head and to keep trying until you discover and do the necessary.
It sounds to me like you're ok. Ha, ha.