Has this ever happened to you? (Part 2)

By Sherry McCary

I was putting together a piece-in-the-hoop quilt block, and for some reason I still can’t figure out, decided it was a good idea to walk away from the machine while it did the final quilting stitches – even though it had already created three nasty bird’s nests on this one block…Not a good idea!

Eileen had the brilliant idea of removing the foot from the machine instead of cutting it out and we were able to save the block after all. Yay!

 

Here’s your assignment this week:

Stitchers… has this ever happened to you? Were you able to save your project? Post a comment and share your story. You’re in good company! One comment will be chosen to receive a Bird’s Nest Tool Kit!

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79 Comments on Has this ever happened to you? (Part 2)

  1. Karon Gregory
    April 9, 2014 at 10:27 am (6 years ago)

    While sewing one day. The needle broke while it was down and everything tried to go down with it. Needless to say i had to cut it out. I had to cut out more pieces and new needle. Which i must say i use a new needle ever new project.

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  2. Lynn Wentworth
    April 9, 2014 at 10:35 am (6 years ago)

    I had this happen while making a personalized label with a bible verse on it. It was a commissioned quilt. Fortunately I was smart enough to do it on a square piece of fabric that was gonna be hand sewed to back. So just had to correct my problem and start over. Because of these birdnests I am afraid to embroider on clothing.

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  3. Julie
    April 9, 2014 at 10:40 am (6 years ago)

    I have had this happen. Could save had to throw out. But of also had little bird nest on back of the project and cleaned them up only to have all my stitches come out! Very frustrating. Can’t figure out why it happens either:(

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  4. Cindy McCarty
    April 9, 2014 at 10:44 am (6 years ago)

    I walked upon the scene of my girlfriend having a heart attack because she had walked off from a (beautiful) snowflake design that was in the middle of the incredibly complicated spiral table topper. Well, she had walked off and this incredible bird’s nest happened AND she heard this “thud, thud, thud” when the needle broke AND it cut a hole in the design, one big enough to put you little finger through. She was so upset! She was sure she had ruined it. I said, “No, fixing mistakes is just part of it.” I got it off the machine, then flattened it as best I could. Then, I used a thing, iron on stabilizer over the hole. (This is all still in the hoop.) Then, we backed the design up enough to be before the damage. We started the machine up and you won’t believe it! You cannot even find the hole! It was perfect! Well, of course, some of that was luck as to where the damage was but we were both very excited to remedy that situation! The spiral table topper was just the prettiest thing ever and way, way too much work to discard.

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    • Cindy McCarty
      April 9, 2014 at 10:45 am (6 years ago)

      correction: thin iron-on stabilizer

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  5. bkp
    April 9, 2014 at 10:59 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve had many mini disasters. Most of them were ok once everything was taken off the machine and cleaned up.

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  6. Katherine
    April 9, 2014 at 11:15 am (6 years ago)

    I was making a jacket back for someone on their own coat, total disaster, I will never sew again on a one of a kind piece of clothing. Felt so bad~

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  7. Ellen
    April 9, 2014 at 11:30 am (6 years ago)

    I was making an embroidered counting book for my nephew’s son. The eight legs of the spider came untaped while I was answering the phone. Needless to say I was thankful it was done by pages, so only had one page to redo. The directions even said be careful legs don’t get caught.

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  8. Heidi
    April 9, 2014 at 11:45 am (6 years ago)

    first real project was a frog over a shirt pocket…all was good until the little fish stitched,snarled and a mess. Cleaned it out as best I could and was able to redo the fish. thankfully it was my shirt, not for someone else…I still wear it and get compliments on it.

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  9. Donna Fecteau
    April 9, 2014 at 11:54 am (6 years ago)

    Yes it has. I was doing a jacket for my granddaughter and I walked away. I too took the foot off the machine stuck to the desing. then I cut out the foot. I was in the midst of a design. I then did the design on other fabric and appliqued it over the hole in the jacket. She never knew and it really came out much more special than the original just embroidery design would have been.

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  10. Maxine Mac Neill
    April 9, 2014 at 11:57 am (6 years ago)

    When machine embroidery first came out there was not to much in books or magazines at that time. So it became trial and error. Was embroidering a t-shirt and I ended up with a birds nest. Took along time to get it off the machine. Learnt never to leave your machine unattended as my friend went upstairs to get a coffee and when she came back her machine was jammed which in turn blew the motor to her machine.

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  11. barbara ann
    April 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm (6 years ago)

    For some strange reason, my single needle embroidery machine decided to create a birds nest on an apron I was embroidering. I cleared the birds nest and also made a hole in the apron. I then appliqued over the hole. I have added the Birds Nest Tool Kit to my list of tools I need.

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  12. Jessie Ramos
    April 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm (6 years ago)

    It has happened to me, also right at the end and I was not able to save my project…left a hole in the fabric and ruined the blouse! Had to throw it away!

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  13. Claudia Hermansen
    April 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm (6 years ago)

    Thru the yrs I have come up with my own “birds nest kit” but didnt market it. T G Eileen has!
    I was embridering on a heavy bath towel when the design got distorted because the towel end slipped off the table on PR 600II and wt of towel caused the distortion. Of course I had left to do something for hubby! Since it was for my 18 month old grandson, I was able to cut off the 6 inches of the width of the towel and sew the border back to remaining towel! His towel is just a bit shorter than big brothers!

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  14. Valerie Gwara
    April 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m a new embroiderer.. Bird’s nests have happened often! I haven’t got the foot caught in the fabric yet tho.
    Now I can hear them happen very quickly so I can stop the machine.

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  15. beth daniels
    April 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I have very seldom had a bird’s nest. I guess because I watch my embroidery machine when it is embroidering out a design. My Elna Xquisite II seldom causes bird’s nests. It is an old machine but does embroidery beautifully.

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  16. Kathy Stoessner
    April 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm (6 years ago)

    My worst “accident” was stitching through a sweatshirt without realizing it was folded over. I saved it by “sawing” away the stitches and doing a border design on the edge that had been caught.

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  17. Judy Nees
    April 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes, I have had this happen. Had towel I was making as a gift. Took the foot off, ripped the embroidery out, put it back in the machine and used the camera to match it back up and finished stitching it out. No worse for the wear. Couldn’t even tell that I had a problem. It took me a long time to get it fixed though.

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  18. Cathy
    April 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I had bought a new fleece pull over to make for Christmas. My phone rang and as I was taking the call everything got tangled up. Put a hole right in the front of the new shirt. Well, as I was sitting there getting “sick”, I decided to make snow flakes down the front of the shirt and no one would ever know.

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  19. Lori Erickson
    April 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm (6 years ago)

    This happened to me twice just this week :-(. Both times I was embroidering the front of pre-assembled tee shirts. Both times I walked away as the designs were stitching beautifully. Both times, somehow a sleeve flipped up into the stitching area and the machine proceeded to stitch the sleeve into the design, until it jammed so badly that it stalled. Luckily, I was able to remove the foot from the machine, cut out the foot and remove the mis-stitched sections, and finish the embroidery. It took a bit of work to get it all re-aligned, as I was using my Bernina Deco which does not have the fancy alignment abilities of the newer machines.

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  20. susanj
    April 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I have had my share of birds’ nests, but the scariest oops happened when the needle went into the bobbin case during a sew out and stuck there. I was terrified I had “ruined’ my machine. Threw it into the car (not an easy task with a 40 lb Quattro) right away and drove frantically to my wonderful dealer. I was in a total panic imagining a major repair bill. The tech took one look at it, calmed me down and proceeded to remove the needle on the spot and buff the hole. The entire process took 2 minutes, he didn’t charge me a penny and I was on my way almost as soon as I arrived. I have always believed you “buy” the dealer when you buy an expensive sewing/embroidery machine and mine is great!

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    • Jane Jarvis
      April 10, 2014 at 8:01 am (6 years ago)

      I believe you buy the service deptment

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  21. Sherrie Lilly
    April 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I too have walked away from my machine to come back to a jammed foot and birds nest. I carefully put my chopstick under the hoop and gently pulled the threads out of the bobbin area. Then took the foot off and trimmed out all of the bad stitches. Backuped the machine and finished the project. You could only tell if you looked too close. I will have to put the birds nest kit on my wish list.

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  22. Kathy Schmidt
    April 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes I had it happen a few times, sometimes I can salvage the project but more often than not its unsalvageable and I have to restart. This set of tools would be such an immense help. Love the blogs for all the info and look forward to everytime the magazine comes in…..can’t wait to immediately read it cover to cover

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  23. Rae Craig
    April 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I LOVE embroidering on everything/anything, and I have had my fair share of bird nests and the foot caught in the material. The design had a large jump stitch (didn’t own the machine that cuts jump stitches as it goes back then) and as it continued to embroider the rest of the design, the foot caught on the jump stitch and before I could stop the machine, it had pulled and jammed the stitching into the bobbin case, along with the material/foot and pulled it out of the hoop. It was so tightly embedded that I had to cut the material and unscrew the plate to get the rest of the mess out of there. Took a long time to clean it all out. I still love to embroider!

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  24. Joyce Hardiman
    April 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm (6 years ago)

    totally have had this happen. Was able to save the design most of the time by taking it slow when getting it unjammed.

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  25. Dorothy Le
    April 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I had a Halloween scene stitching out, all was going beautifully.
    Then when the last large pumpkin was stitching out, I left the room. When I can back the hoop was no longer holding the material.
    I should just embroider the pumpkin and sew it in the big empty space.

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  26. Frances Powell
    April 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I have had this happen on several occasions. When I first got my machine, I had this happen quite often. When I realized that I was putting my bobbin in wrong, I was able to correct a lot it. Funny how it seems to be user error most of the time. Ha!

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  27. Sandy Smith
    April 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Talk about a timely subject! Last weekend I was doing quite a large embroidery on a favorite jacket for my mother. I was going back and forth between the embroidery and other projects, and all of a sudden my machine stopped and called with a bobbin error. When I tried to move the hoop aside to check the bobbin, it absolutely wouldn’t budge. I was able to peek under just enough to see that I was going to need to cut the threads loose underneath, and I tried using a variety of tools around my sewing room, but nothing would reach far enough. I remembered recently seeing someone on a sewing show using a scalpel, and I thought that would have been just the tool to have right then. Somehow I was able to find something skinny and long enough to slide under and release the threads. When I removed the hoop, I noticed that not only did I have a couple of huge thread nests underneath, but the embroidery was extremely thick above the thread nests. Being very careful, I was able clip and remove most of the threads in the affected areas, however the stabilizer came out as well. I wasn’t sure what would happen, but I took a chance and restitched those areas. Thank goodness it turned out just fine, and you couldn’t tell there had ever been a problem. One of the tools in the Bird’s Nest Tool Kit looks just like the scalpel I so desperately needed, so I hope I am the lucky winner!

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  28. Charlotte Trabue
    April 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I was embroidery the needle broke, the presser foot came off all because I had a big birds nest. In order to get out of the throat plate I had to cut it out. Could not save it. It went into the trash.

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  29. Beth R
    April 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh yes, it has happened to me. Of course any time it does happen is the most inopportune time! The one I remember best was an FSL ornament that was part of a set I was making for a gift. It was the last one I needed to do, and I broke the needle and ended up with a huge thread nest. Once I cut everything away, I replaced the needle and started over – no way to patch it. I was afraid I’d damaged the machine, but it was OK and I was able to complete the ornament by slowing the machine down.

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  30. Shanon Davis
    April 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m an OR nurse and usually make all of our scrub hats. One of the nurses is a red hat member and asked me to make 25 purple scrub hats for her for Christmas gifts. On about the 6th one, things were going well but it was hot in my sewing room,so I turned on the ceiling fan. Before I could catch the edge, the breeze of the fan flipped the edge up, through the foot and jammed everything through the throat plate. It’s hard to believe just how much fabric can fit through that very small hole in the throat plate. There was no saving it. Thank goodness I had a scalpel and knife blade so I could cut out everything. That’s why I no longer use the ceiling fan but a small one on top of a bookcase. I also do not leave my machine ever!

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  31. Yvonne
    April 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm (6 years ago)

    If I become complacent and walk away from my machine while sewing out a design, there’s a good chance that I will come back to a nest of something! I try to always remain in earshot as I can tell if the sound changes just a little bit – something is not right. I was stitching a free standing lace design of a church for Christmas. It involved hours of stitching and miles of white thread. Sure enough, while stitching out the front of the church, I had taken a chance and wandered off, only to return to a total mess. You’d think I would learn!!!

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  32. Kathy
    April 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I can’t believe I am seeing this tonight. I had a shirt I wanted to embroider and as usual I waited until the last minute. I got up early this AM, hooped the shirt and pinned it out of the way. I went into the other room to get dressed for work and when I checked in on the progress, the machine decided to eat the shirt in the presser foot. I did remove the foot, but still haven’t cut it away. Not sure if I can save it as when I looked I saw a small cut in the shirt. 🙁

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  33. mad14kt
    April 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Sometimes when I want to finish something the most I get a jam while sewing my garment.

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  34. Shirley Clark
    April 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh yes! I had a problem with my Babylock Ellageo Plus, and the feed dogs would jump up in the middle of embroidery.
    I was working on a burp cloth, and they jumped up, and what a mess! It pulled the bottom of the stabilizer and the cloth down into the bobbin area. I had to get a sharp knife to cut until I could work it out, and also had to unscrew the throat plate to finish it.
    I was glad it was only a diaper!

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  35. Ellen perry
    April 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm (6 years ago)

    I always babysit my machine because I have had problems this way I
    Can stop it quickly. I always try to save my project by cutting the threads
    When this happens
    Favorite item that I want
    Quilt with the circles
    Ellen

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  36. Cindy Broome
    April 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh what a mess we can cause when we decide to move away from the machine. My 1st machine had to be hooked up to a computer to transfer designs. Being so new, I didn’t realize that I could unplug the computer after the transfer (thought I had to wait until it was all stitched out! Ok, so I’m not the smartest cookie in the package.) I heard a clunk and looked under the hoop. There was birds nest. I had to get up to get some scissors to try and cut out the threads. And of course, I hadn’t unplugged the computer from my embroidery machine. In my movement, I tripped on the computer cord which in turn pulled my sewing machine off the table. I stared in horror as my embroidery machine slid away. I stood for couple of seconds and then decided I had to at least pick everything up. I picked up the sewing machine, picked up the computer and to this day– believe in miracles – because one occurred. When I righted the sewing machine, the hoop had come out. I cleaned out the thread and decided to give it a go – put the hoop back in the machine, backed up to where the mess started and with a prayer – pushed the start button – UNBELIEVABLE – the machine started sewing! And even more, I had realigned everything up and it even stitched out beautifully! Now I’ve rearranged my sewing set up and learned that I can unplug the computer from the machine. But never, ever move away until you are sure you have a clear path!

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  37. Casie Williams
    April 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes, this has happened more than once! Last time it was a design I was sewing on a knit shirt. Couldn’t salvage it without cutting fabric away (maybe the bird’s nest tool kit could have helped!) so I had to come up with something else. I sewed a large square of fabric (e.g. 8″ square) with finished edges over it. Then I sewed a quilting design over that. When I washed it, it looked just like a piece of a quilt. Like it better than what I started with!

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  38. Vicky Haynes
    April 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I swear this can happen even if you’re sitting there. The dratted machine knows the minute that you’re not paying close attention, and, “GOTCHA” time! Whether it’s the thread getting caught somewhere and breaking the needle or the throat plate trying to eat the fabric… I found the important thing to do first is to WRITE DOWN the stitch you’re currently on ’cause chances are, you’re going to have to turn the power off. I’ve done some ‘creative’ fixes but sometimes, you’re just going to have to start over. And the more complicated the design AND the less of that fabric you have left will all figure into how bad the damage is. Which means the more complicated and the less fabric… the more likely that it’ll be so bad you can’t save it. Something about that guy Murphy and his silly darn law.

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  39. Clarice
    April 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm (6 years ago)

    It is so amazing that this happens when I leave the room. I’m certain my machine just waits for every opportunity like this. It is living wicked machine!

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  40. Pam
    April 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

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  41. Terri Bradford
    April 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm (6 years ago)

    What embroiderer has it NOT happened to? I had a birds nest on the very last stitch out of a design for my granddaughters birthday shirt (THAT day). By the time I got it pulled loose, I’d manage to pull a small hole in the shirt. Ugh!! I hooped some fresh stabilizer and ran the last step placement outline on it. Then I pinned my shirt to the hoop matching the fabric to the placement as closely as I could. It worked! Oh, but Imthought I was gonna faint until I knew I’d pulled it off!

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  42. Sandra Konczak
    April 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm (6 years ago)

    I have had a bird nest happen to me before and I was able to save the project. using a scalpel from the days as a honors science teacher. A friend told me that one of the most common reasons for bird nests is that the needle needs to be changed. Not sure if this is true or not.

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  43. LeAnne L
    April 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve never gotten the fabric caught in the foot. Didn’t even know you could do that. I have had plenty of bird nests. Just last week I was almost done with a 60″ banner and realized the fabric had folded around to the back and was now embroidered to the back of the piece. Thankfully I was using an extra large piece of fabric and it was going to be quilted, so I was able to cut out around the fabric I had sewn down and continued on.

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  44. Gail Beam
    April 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I have definitely had my share of thread nests and I found that a sharp steak knife worked great to saw away the threads between the bobbin plate and the stabilizer enabling me to free the hoop. Needless to say, I keep that knife at all times by my machine. Although I have not been able to save all of my thread nest disasters, I have been able to save quite a few. Once I get the hoop free, I clip away as much of the thread underneath the nest and take out whatever embroidery stitches on top of the material that is over the thread nest that I can. If there is a hole in the material I put a piece of material on the bottom of the hoop and then a another piece of stabilizer which has been sprayed with a temporary adhesive. I float another piece of tearaway stabilizer under the hoop and back up the stitches on the design until just a little before the thread nest occurred and if I am lucky you can’t even tell there was a problem.

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  45. marianne myrick
    April 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm (6 years ago)

    If this has not happened, you should sew or embroider more 🙂 When this happened to me, somehow the neckline and the sleeve cap were stitched together. I painstakenly removed the mess from the machine and there carefully removed the stitching and saved the shirt. Could have tossed it away, but I love a challenge.

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  46. Denise
    April 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve always thought a baby monitor might help, if I ever needed to leave my machine. However sometimes it might still be too late. For those times a Bird’s Nest Tool Kit would be a big help!

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  47. Joaniez
    April 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Several years ago, I was helping my niece embroider a patch for her husband. She was a newbie and enlisted my help. I got her going and all was well, so we started upstairs and then we heard a thud thud thud and we ran back, it was then that I witnessed the biggest birds nest ever!! My niece panicked and ripped it off the machine while I’m trying to tell her no don’t do it like that! Lo and behold, she pulled so hard she broke her embroidery machine’s metal rod that is inside the machine. Talk about a birds nest, it had to be the mother of all bird’s nests! I felt so bad for her, but luckily I knew someone that actually put a “cast ” on her metal rod and her embroidery machine works til this day.

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  48. Cathy Martin
    April 9, 2014 at 11:42 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes, it has happened to me, many times. I would love to win. Thank you so much for the chance. I would make a special spot right in the drawer by the machine. That way when I am finished screaming and stomping around the sewing room, wiped my tears and swallowed my $#$%^$$#@@ words, I could just quietly reach down and open up the kit. Quickly removing the cause of my anger. Then I will have a nice cup of tea.

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  49. Jeanette Friscia
    April 10, 2014 at 5:03 am (6 years ago)

    Yes, I was watching every stitch and it all looked fine on top for quite a while at my machine till it choaked this past weekend out of nowhere. Suddenly I couldn’t move a single thing, my beautiful snap hoop was trapped and I had sewn several other small designs within this same hooping just fine only seconds ago. All I did was change thread. Now, I didn’t think I was going to be able to get the jam out as it was sooooo bad by the time I realized what was happening. (Makes me wish I had one of these birds nest tool sets to go along with my wonderful magnetic snap hoop!) Hard to imagine that the thread can look so calm and right on top while all that horror is going on underneath! I would love to have a Birds Nest Tool Kit!

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  50. Laurene Shewan
    April 10, 2014 at 6:06 am (6 years ago)

    Bird nests are for the birds! It appears, from the posts, that we ALL have dealt with them. Consequently, we’ve had some good results and not-so-good results. Why do we spend thousands of dollars on our machine, hoops, stabilizer, thread, patterns, etc. and not own a BIRDS NEST TOOL KIT? Do we really like challenges this much?

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  51. Nancy Weber
    April 10, 2014 at 6:45 am (6 years ago)

    Why is it that these machines know exactly when we walk away and choose that time to misbehave? I have had lots of bird nests, broken needles and even stitched through the plastic foot AND the end of a hoop! As someone else already said, it’s all part of the experience. Hugs.

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  52. Gail
    April 10, 2014 at 7:00 am (6 years ago)

    I am new to embroidery and recently experienced a bird nest using my new embroidery machine. OMG! I tried carefully coaxing the piece out with no luck and ended up taking the whole bobbin case apart to save my project. I learned quickly that embroidery bird nests and regular machine stitching bird nests are not of the same “feathers”! Great idea to take the foot off and work from the top Eileen!

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  53. Brenda Melahn
    April 10, 2014 at 8:25 am (6 years ago)

    Funny this article appeared today — just yesterday I was sewing a tote bag from rag rugs and my sewing machine did NOT like the fabric and really did not like it when it was doubled and added a webbing handle. Got a huge bird’s nest and a jam. I did take the foot off, but the problem was stuck down in the throat plate — wound up cutting a hole, then making a “patch” from some sorta matching fabric and it all turned out. So frustrating!!

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  54. Elizabeth P
    April 10, 2014 at 8:36 am (6 years ago)

    Well, it appears that I am keeping good company and not alone with the occurrence of a bird nest. Extremely frustrating and takes some time to clear it and correct the damage to save the item. Having the Birds Nest Tool kit will at least make it easier to separate the collection of threads. This tool kit should be part of the machine items when purchased.

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  55. Nancy
    April 10, 2014 at 8:42 am (6 years ago)

    Whoever coined the term birds nest wasn’t kidding and what an appropriate term. I was appliqueing a ghost on my granddaughters t shirt,stepped away and came back to a stuck presser foot and needle in the side. I took the foot off, released the bird’s nest and unveiled a hole to the side of the small t shirt. I simply decreased the size of the applique and added one over the hole that I repaired with extra fabric and added another on the opposite side. Voila–no one was to the wiser!!!

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  56. Diane
    April 10, 2014 at 9:23 am (6 years ago)

    My “what was I thinking” moment was this weekend. I was embroidering a rather complicated project with multiple parts. Part way through one part my husband called me to see something in a game he was watching and I simply sat down to watch the rest! When I came back to start again (having left the machine on) I discovered the tension had changed! Tried everything! Turned it off so the tension could re-set, re-threaded, you name it! Bottom line? I need to find an range marker to make it look better. The next part came out just beautiful and I can’t wait to finish. Lesson learned!

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  57. Patty Fiske
    April 10, 2014 at 9:51 am (6 years ago)

    Of course it has happened to me. I have a machine. I have saved projects by taking off the foot and meticulously picking out stitches. Sometimes it still leaves holes and sometimes it is a loss.

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  58. Carol
    April 10, 2014 at 10:55 am (6 years ago)

    YES and just Mon nite-i panicked and wanted to PULL it from the machine and a devil of a time getting it out from under the foot–I LOVE this idea!!!!!

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  59. Maryland Ellena Little
    April 10, 2014 at 10:57 am (6 years ago)

    I prevent most problems by doing my embroideries free standing as appliques & then sewing them in place with monofilament thread..this also makes them removable when the garment wears out….M.

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  60. maria elena blecha
    April 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I have had many bird’s nest but the worst was on a t-shirt I was (luckily) doing for myself–I had to get a steak knife from the kitchen and saw through the threats at bottom of the hoop. It was a mess, and I luckly put a piece of the fabric on the back of the shirt and could finish the embroidery–It was just a lucky brake!!!

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  61. Liz Fergus
    April 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm (6 years ago)

    I hate it when that happens! 🙂 Yes, I have done the same thing – removing the foot to get at the bird’s nest. It can really help in many instances. I think having this tool would be a huge help in working out future nests. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  62. Clem
    April 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm (6 years ago)

    I have a theory here… Yes, this has happened to me. Several times in fact. I have 3 towels with a variation of the same design on them. The fourth towel went to the original recipient. My theory? Oh, yes… here it is…. our machines have computers in them, right? Computers talk to each other (even when we have computer issues, another frustrating thing) I think, our computers tell our sewing machines that we are gone from the sewing machines and our sewing machines take the opportunity to punish us for leaving. OK… I know this sounds hokey…. but hey…. it makes for a good laugh, right? 😉

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  63. Karen
    April 10, 2014 at 9:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I have not had a birds nest since buying the tool set. I had one before I had to remove the needle plate to get it out,the foot was free.The plate was hungry and ate the fabric.

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  64. Judy A
    April 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm (6 years ago)

    The first shirt I made for my DH on my new machine I decided to do bear claws along the collar as a design. Being new to machine embroidery, I was eager to use the embroidery function. The shirt would have been perfect without the design, but I just had to add embroidery. Something went wrong and I ended up with an ugly mess underneath. I managed to cut most of the nest away but ended up with a small hole in the fleece. Luckily I was able to hand stitch the hole closed and was able to complete the embroidery design to hide the hole.

    DH insist these paws belong to a dog and not a bear. I am to embarrassed to tell him I agree with him, so I am sticking with the story they were labeled as bear paws.

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  65. Orvalee Roe
    April 11, 2014 at 6:59 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve had a few birds nests but have yet to be successful i saving the designs. I usually have to start over. 🙁 I’ve picked up a few tricks to try next time from reading these comments.

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  66. Lynda Morgan
    April 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t have these often, but when I do they are huge and ugly. I ordered your Bird’s Nest Tools and have been able to salvage them every time. Before, I pulled the fabric up as far as I could and blindly felt for the nest and cut it with curved scissors turned the wrong way. Most of the time the item was salvaged, but, some had a little curved hole.
    Your tools are MUCH EASIER and SURE!
    Thanks for coming up with it!

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  67. Sharon Thomas
    April 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm (6 years ago)

    While doing a small design on a towel, I realized It was sideways. I found a slightly more dense design and stitched on top of the bad design. Voila! Towel saved.

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  68. Marsha N.
    April 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I was embroidering on the top edge of a blanket for a wedding gift and got a terrible bird’s nest. I was almost finished and it ruined the blanket. By the time I got it out, there was a big hole in it. I felt so bad. It was a total loss.

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  69. Carol howell
    April 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm (6 years ago)

    My latest disaster occurred while embroidering on terry cloth. The pressed foot somehow gathered up the iron-on topper and made a mess while I was sitting there!! Before I could press the stop button. I had a mess. Luckily I was able to cut the top thread that had wound around the bobbin and free the mess. It took another try to discover that I needed to put in a new needle and a new bobbin,

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  70. judy wentz
    April 15, 2014 at 11:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I have found that if I can clear away the nest thoroughly, then backup the stitching far enough to restitch the area, more often that not the project can be saved. If there is a hole made, floating stabilizer to cover the whole and give a surface for the stitches to sew to often helps cover the damage. I figure if I don’t attempt to repair the nest then the project is a loss. I have nothing to lose by trying, and often have a happy ending.

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  71. Grandma E.
    April 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm (6 years ago)

    When I did this the first time it scared me to death because not only did it begin to make a birds nest but it popped the hoop clear off and only the needle was holding it in place. I am a new to Machine embroidery but I did have a special tool for taking out serger seams. It is has a curved blade and is flat. I carefully cut out the thread holding the mess on so I could remove project and hoop. Then took the machine apart and cleaned out all the thread. Took the project and carefully pulled away all the thread that had started in the design then continued from the beginning of the design. Did well. I NEVER WALK AWAY from my machine. Thanks

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  72. Judi Casadei
    April 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm (6 years ago)

    This exact same birds nest happened on a applique I was attaching to the hood of a baby towel. I was able to get the birds nest out but it was very difficult because I did not have the proper tools. As a result I had a whole the size of a nickel in the center of the hood of the baby towel! Miraculously I was able to salvage the hood by patching the back of the stabilizer and putting in a new applique piece. The patch worked and the hood was saved! If I had this tool I would never have had to cut a hole in the applique.

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  76. Jan Boggan
    August 15, 2014 at 1:33 pm (5 years ago)

    This one is easier because you are only removing single stitches – not a dense design. I would carefully remove all the naughty stitches that messed up, then I would take the same stitches out on the opposite side of the design. I would use my regular sewing stitches to lock the ends in place. Now both sides match, and the deed is done.

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