You see, for weeks my machine which is a mere year old has been noisy. click-clack, clunk!...It was not back-stitching cleanly. It's FMQ was giving me unreliable tension. Many days, I could not adjust the tension to not see the top thread on the back. It even would loop the top thread around the bobbin casing while sewing, which locks up the fabric so fast so that Ihave to cut it off from within the bobbin or get a hole in the material. I really just figured I needed to stop and rethread my threads.
Then yesterday I came across a posting by Kate on the About Forums. It all sounded like my problem too, but I discarded it since I HAD tried to loosen those stupid cover plate screws. They never would loosen so I foolishly reconcilled that I wasn't supposed to go in there. This is just the point where stupid gets critically dumb, as this is NOT my 1st machine or only one. I have 3. And the other ones do get cleaned in there. And I should mention (if you looked at Kate's post), I am an engineer. Lord help my stupidity...
So I tried to turn those ridiculous little screws the other direction, and LOOK what actually happens! The cover plate comes off, revealing an inch of gross gunk!
And when I removed the bobbin casing, yes...even more gunk.
Oh, all the light bulbs of NYC are coming on about now.
THAT (above) was under my bobbin case. UGH...
And here's my pile of crap from within that was no doubt affecting the back-stitching, FMQ, and making all kinds of noise. It's a wonder I made anything nice.