We've all had threadball, right? That nasty snarl of bobbin thread on the underside of your garment, letting you know that you've been a lazy slob and not cleaned out or re-threaded or changed your needle recently? The basic warning by the machine that if you take care of it, it might - depending on its mood - take care of you.
Has anyone ever gotten interior threadball before? I was sewing along and all of a sudden I heard this weird, muffled crunching sound. The machine didn't stop sewing, but it . . . lurched, kind of the sewing machine equivalent of a balky shopping cart wheel.
I stopped. I raised the needle, took the fabric out. Bobbin thread seemed fine, stitches were holding, but when I looked at the machine itself, the hook thing (the one that goes up and down and that I can't remember the name of because I'm still traumatized) was crooked. It was almost leaning up against the side of the case, instead of being straight in the middle.
I could have called my repair guy, who would have picked it up at 4:30, taken it to work the next day and then brought it back by this evening, but I didn't want to wait that long. I also didn't want to take a cab 15 blocks to a crappy neighborhood and drop it off on the chance he could finish it by dinnertime.
So I got my handy screwdriver and opened up the front of the machine, a place I've never gone before. Lo and behold, wrapped around some interior working that I have no name for, was a big ball of thread. How it managed to do that, and yet not come unthreaded, is a complete and total freaking mystery. I steeled myself, got my surgical implements (Kai embroidery snips and tweezers) and went to town. After about 10 minutes of painstaking tweezing, I got all the thread. Everything still seemed to move properly, but the hook was still a little sideways. Holding my breath, I took hold of it and bent it back to where it should be.
And it works.
I still think she needs a checkup, but now I can wait until the weekend.