Well, I received a flyer from my dealer advertising a 3 hours Introduction to your sewing machine. I've never attended, although I bought my Janome Threadbanger TB 30 late last summer.
OMG! It turns out I wasn't threading the machine absolutely perfectly. Second, the bobbin should only go in one direction (!!). That's why the machine is sometimes whisper quiet and sometimes NOT! I wasn't using the correct stitch for elastic (it's the light colored zig zag). I wasn't using the correct stitch for knits (my machine has a modified stitch for knits/jersey instead of zig zag). And, I was using the overlock stick which I should have been using the overcast stitch for garment making. I also learned the concept of dropping the feed dogs:) Well, readers, I shall not make that mistake again.
But I did get the card of a Palmer/Pletsch instructor. I may give her a call on my way back from Hawaii.
What? Hawaii? Yes, I am making a last minute work trip to Hawaii. You know what that means - I may attempt some tropical fabric shopping! I hear Hawaii Fabric Mart is a good place to go. And, I do remember shopping in the industrial area which seemed to be a fabric district about 10 years ago when I was quilting! I doubt I'll go there but I'm up for Hawaii Fabric Mart - to find some good Japanese prints.
Sorry, I haven't been sewing much lately - I've just been very busy and traveling a moderate amount.