And perhaps why I should have spent a little more on my sewing machine.
Upon first winding my bobbin, I realized that it didn't seem to wind very much thread before it lost speed, so I just used that amount and changed it often. Then of course this lead to needing to change the bobbin more often than necessary. Now this wouldn't be too bad (just a little annoying but what the hey) if my cheap sewing machine actually worked. I've already found out that a couple little hiccups I've had with the bobbin (mainly the thread getting caught underneath and creating a knot I have to cut out) were caused by my amateurity, and were fixed simply by keeping the thread pushed to the other side (or at least this seems to solve the problem). But this bobbin winding thing is definately a fault in the design of the machine. Basically, I've figured out that the problem seems to be that the knobby the bobbin sits on becomes loose while winding...if I stop, push it down a little, it will run fast for just a second, then slow almost to a stop. This creates for a LOT of frustration, especially since I am doing this very often. Yesterday, I finally just put the bobbin on the winder and wound it myself, which was MUCH more effective. But this takes time. My next mission is to find a way to make this go faster, either by buying a new bobbin winder (do they sell those?) or take my machine to get looked at....which I'm sure is going to cost me. Ugh!!! I remember hating bobbin when I learned to sew, but I couldn't remember why. This is why!