Blythe Doll Dress Sewing Attempt, Almost!

Blogged under Sew Simple by Tammy on Monday 1 August 2016 at 8:42 am

After finally getting organized, I managed to get my sewing machine out and on my sewing cabinet. I think it has been about two years or so since I even turned on my sewing machine, so that was the first thing I needed to check. Does it work?

I already had a doll dress cut and ready for sewing. This is from a free pattern on the Waffle Patterns web site. I am not going to do the applique part, but I do plan to line it with the blue fabric shown. It is so freakin’ tiny, yikes!

I turned on the machine, and yeah, we have power! But, before I risked messing up my first little Blythe doll dress, I decided to test it out. And, boy, I’m glad I did. Everything turns on, and I can get it to stitch, but the stitches are uneven, and my reverse button doesn’t work. Something is wrong with the tension. Ugh!

So, the Blythe doll dress is still on hold for a little while. I need to pull out the manual and check to see if this is something I can fix. I can tell that the machine is very stiff feeling, too. When I work the hand wheel, it’s very tight, and I don’t remember it feeling like that in the past. I’m really hoping it’s something I can do myself since, I’m pretty sure, there are no sewing machine repair places close to me. I don’t want to ship off my machine now that I finally have space to sew. I will keep you posted.


  1. Comment by Jean Baldridge Yates — August 5, 2016 @ 11:22 am

    this is so exciting! xox jean

  2. Comment by Eileen — August 6, 2016 @ 3:47 pm

    Hi Tammy,

    That looks like a sewing tension problem from here. This article might be helpful.

    What a darling teeny pattern.

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  4. Comment by Joan — August 9, 2016 @ 5:58 am

    When I have those tension problems, the top thread has wrapped itself around something it shouldn’t, and upsets the balance. And if I haven’t used the machine for a while, I turn the stitch selector knobs around a couple of times. And oiling the machine can help.
    But what an adventure.

  5. Comment by Tammy — August 11, 2016 @ 1:55 pm

    Thank you, Joan. I will try that. Seems like a simple enough thing to do.

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