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I have an antique SInger machine in a cabinet, seems to run good. But last night when I was trying it out, sometimes it skips stitches - the top looks good, but the bobbin doesn't catch for about 3-5 stitches. Does anyone know what might be happening and how to fix it? Thanks.

Oh, stroke update on DB. Dr. seems to think DB will make a full recovery and they were able to get him into see the speech therapist. Turns out that I was correct in getting a notebook for him to write on. But today Mom sent e-mail saying that she doesn't see any improvement in his speech & he's really struggling with numbers. I'm heading up there this weekend and will try to work with him some more. I just hope that he doesn't give up - keeps trying. Maybe I can find a speech therapist or stroke person here for tips on how to work with him. I'm just glad that he's able to remain independent - I know that's important to him. (He'll feel much better when he can drive though.)

P.S. - The puppy, Lulu, got into skunk - dogs have been banned from inside the house until they all smell good....LOL. Or at least, smell better than now!

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Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on September 2, 2010 at 6:14pm
Suzanne, glad your DB is doing better and things look very positive for him. Hope it continues to improve. Puppy got into a skunk - phew!!!!!!
Comment by Suzanne L/WA on August 31, 2010 at 9:09pm
Wow! - I knew this was the right place for the skipped stitches question...LOL.
I dont' know why I didn't think of rethreading the machine, checking the bobbin - pulling it all the way out, putting a new needle in, or getting rid of the old thread - I have ALL those problems. Will have to wait until tomorrow to see if that fixes the problem.

Linda - re: DB's stroke - he's already home, living by himself (which is making my Mom very nervous) and I think he's seeing a speech therapist 2x/wk; his coordination seems to be ok, but the dr. doesn't want him driving just yet. Mom took him out to lunch a few days ago and she doesn't see any improvement, still problems with words, and really struggles with numbers. I'm hoping to notice a change though since I will have not seen him for 2 wks. I'm really anxious to see his notebook and see if he's still practicing and working on his difficult words.

Barkie - Your skunk solution is the best I've tried, personally, but end of the month and no money to go buy hydrogen peroxide - that hasn't been a staple in my household before. And yes, Pam, I went through the skunk thing with Daisy about the end of school. She stayed far away from the critter this time - guess she learned her lesson? Hope Lulu has learned her, too. I finally let all the dogs inside tonight since it's raining outside - she doesn't smell too bad now - I can live with it. My Vitara smells worse ....LOL!
Comment by Linda Hughes on August 31, 2010 at 7:01pm
Thanks for the update on your DB. His progress sounds good and it's great that his doctor's are predicting a full recovery. It can take time though. Will he be going into a rehab program once he leaves the hospital. My DH got speech, occupational and physical therarpy for about a year after his stroke - 3 days a week as outpatient - and it was a huge help.
Sorry about the skunk problem. I've been there before with two dogs and never did find anything to get rid of the smell except time.
Comment by Terry F on August 31, 2010 at 6:18pm
To your DB it must seem like forever since the stroke, but things have improved and will probably keep doing so. Will keep on praying. Barkie's skunk remedy is the one we use - well, on our dogs.
Comment by Janet S. - MO on August 31, 2010 at 3:00pm
Suzanne - good news on DB.......progress can seem slow I know but hopefully he will have good therapists working with him! Skunks - yep, tomato juice doesn't work......just turns the white parts kind of a rusty color til washed again! ha! And glad to hear some input on skipped stitches...was having same problem yesterday! Will try a new needle.....tried all of the on/off/rethread stuff. Just keep encouraging DB!!
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on August 31, 2010 at 10:46am
oops - I hit add too soon.
I am glad to hear the good report on your brother. I will continue to keep him in my prayers.
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on August 31, 2010 at 10:44am
Good luck with the machine and the smelly puppy! I agree with changing the needle and any and all remedies for the dog - oh my what an awful smell.
Comment by Judith Cogswell on August 31, 2010 at 7:13am
Rethreading and changing the needle are good ideas. This may sound stupid but I would make sure the thread is the same top and bottom. Has the bobbin thread been in there a long time? Old thread gives me problems. That's why I got rid of all my old thread. Some of my machines have been picky that way.
Good luck with the skunk. Our vet gave us the same recipe that Barkie suggests.
Comment by Barkie/WY on August 31, 2010 at 6:44am
We had a dog who met a skunk and did the tomato juice. Did not work!!! Since then, have come upon a recipe for a skunk antidote but thank goodness, have never had to try it.
SKUNK ANTIDOTE
1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid soap
bathe in this solution and rinse with tap water.

Would love to know if it works.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on August 31, 2010 at 6:43am
I'm glad your DB is making progress, even if it is slow, and the prognosis is great. I'm so glad you are close enough you can see him on the weekends, now that school has started.
Skunk is no fun. Mom was talking the other day about how they would get skunks under their house, when she was growing up, and how long it took for the scent to go away.

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