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Why is my sewing machine pulling loops underneath the fabric?

I've read up on how the top and bottom tensioning is supposed to work, but it hasn't helped. I've got the bobbin adjusted so it lets out about an inch when I bounce it by the thread. Adjusting the top tension from there doesn't seem to make much difference. I always get the loops. The weird thing is that the top thread seems really hard to pull out when I do it by hand. It's so hard that's it sometimes breaks. Why should tension that seems stiff to the hand pull through when the machine sews? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Mar 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Why virtualbox can overcome win8 UEFI issue to install Linux?

I tried to install linux on a win8 laptop and failed although I tried everything to disable UEFI and security boot options in Bios. So I think there is no solution to install Linux on certain win8 Laptops. But someone told me of course I can install Linux on any win8 laptops by using virtualbox. So I'm wondering why can it be done? How exactly is virtualbox/virtual machine works for this issue? can anybody explain this to me in a easy to understand way? Thanks very much.
posted by pack2themoon on Feb 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Mac shows Time Maching but not External HD

Reinstalled Snow Leopard but ejected my external drive before this. Then, when done, plugged back in via USB as my usual custom....and Time Machine still shows up, but the External Seagate drive does not. I made sure that in Finder/Preferences that the external disc box as others was checked. I tried a different cord, and different port. I opened up Disc Utility and the External HD's partioned Time Machine is available but the other part, now renamed something else (a default name from manufacturer?) is greyed out and I cannot touch it. Any thoughts? Should i now go to the boot disc of Snow Leopard? Not sure why TM shows but the rest does not.
posted by chicaboom on Mar 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Recover hacked VPS logs

Is there any way to recover data from a VPS that suffered a rm -rf? [more inside]
posted by kithrater on Aug 2, 2012 - 7 answers

What sewing machine should I buy?

What kind of sewing machine should I get my beloved for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by Jode on Jun 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Need help finding a book to help me rebuild civilization.

I'm trying to remember a book that explains how to build a machine shop step by step from a pile of coal. [more inside]
posted by krisak on May 5, 2012 - 5 answers

The hamsters go in this end and the cans of stew come out the other

What is this machine appearing in a 1950 space exploration movie? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Feb 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Basic (as in, no bells and whistles) sewing machine recommendations for a beginner...

Can anyone recommend (from personal experience) a good, basic, durable sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Feb 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Roland TR-808 documentary.

I'm looking for a video documentary from a couple years ago tracing the history of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Released only on the web, it's similar in tone to the Everything is a Remix series; dry delivery, well researched, touches on remix culture. The Newcleus track Jam On It is prominently featured as a signifier of the 808's transition from a not-so-hot replacement for a drummer to being used for the sounds unique to it. If I recall correctly, it's about 8 minutes in length. It's not The Shape of Things That Hum.
posted by Scoo on Sep 28, 2011 - 3 answers

What is Time Machine Backing Up?

Why is Time Machine backing up nearly a Gigabyte every time? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Apr 23, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me clean my grandma's old pasta roller

Inherited old Italian pasta roller, how to clean? [more inside]
posted by penguinkeys on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Why oh why do you not work, fantastic washer of garments?

Did I break my washing machine? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Feb 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Phrases about machines.

Do you know (un)common phrases about machines? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Feb 18, 2011 - 25 answers

Snack Dome

What is the purpose of the dome on this vending machine? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Feb 4, 2011 - 6 answers

My adjustable-azimuth adolescence.

What's the cleanest possible way to transfer a standard-IPS four-track cassette master? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Cellphone disassembly alternative for idle hands?

What small mechanical thing can I repeatedly disassemble and re-assemble to keep my hands busy? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Oct 23, 2010 - 27 answers

Translate "of the people" or a similar phrase

What is a short phrase that means "of the people" or similar in Latin or another language? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Oct 14, 2010 - 22 answers

How to store washing machine in winter

Moving house: our new appartment comes with its own refrigerator and washing machine. We can store our own fridge and washing machine in a shed in my mothers yard. How can I best protect the machines against moist conditions and subzero (Celcius) temperatures in winter?
posted by charles kaapjes on Sep 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Washing Machine Making Clothes Dirty

LaundryFilter: Why is there linty crap all over my clothes just from the washer (NOT the dryer)?!?! [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jul 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Where can I find a replacement bread machine blade?

Where can I find a knead blade for my Mister Loaf HB-210/215 bread machine [more inside]
posted by mbatch on May 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me get my cheap espresso on

Help me choose a cheap espresso machine. I know, I know...contradiction in terms. Bear with me... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Mar 17, 2010 - 35 answers

Macchine per caffè?

What type of espresso machine is this? [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Feb 1, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I run a single Mac application on a Windows machine?

How do I run a single Mac application on a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on Dec 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Automatic sewing machine - I provide the design, the machine does the rest!

Do programmable sewing machines exist? I want to be able to provide the sewing machine with a design or logo and have it sew it for me - in this case, a nice little dog to go on the breast pocket of a golf shirt. [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on Sep 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Your favorite espresso maker

My espresso maker just gave up the ghost, after 15 years of great coffee and service. What's a really dependable, good new machine to purchase? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Sep 26, 2009 - 23 answers

CK-THUNK goes the lever of justice

Can individuals rent voting machines? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Aug 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Bad coffee brew

Weird coffee question for baristas or home espresso machine owners: I decalcified my machine the other day and then got sick a couple of days later. Coincidence or connection? More inside: [more inside]
posted by zenpop on May 12, 2009 - 8 answers

You never write ...you never call

..Advice please? My grown stepchildren NEVER invite us to their houses...NEVER [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on May 5, 2009 - 78 answers

Washing Machine: Boom!

Was that a helicopter in my kitchen? No. It was the washing machine. Um. Help? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Apr 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Looking for a piece of art

Hi I'm trying to find a piece of art - a series of lights attached to wooden arms whose tips trace some sort of toroidal geometry. At high speeds the armature disappears and the lights form volumes as luminous wireframes, like synchronised mechanical sparklers. [more inside]
posted by doobiedoo on Mar 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Sewing Machine upgrade worth it?

"Gift" of a sewing machine upgrade - do I want it? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal on Oct 23, 2008 - 16 answers

You spin me right round baby right round

Recommendations needed for stackable, energy saver, low water washing machine/dryer combo [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Sep 30, 2008 - 11 answers

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