I own a sewing machine (a White 1521, to be precise). I know nothing at all about the model, because it was a Christmas gift from my wonderful mom. I have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine. I would use it more often, but every time I try to sew anything heavier than your standard cotton, the needle breaks. Last time it did this, I assumed it was because I was trying to run denium through the machine (light weight denium, but still) and that the denium was just too heavy for the machine in question. However, I just broke a needle 2 inches into a seam on some light to medium weight hemp, which isn't much heavier than cotton. The needles in question as "SewPerfect 4 Standard Point Sewing Machine Needles, Size 14". I know it's difficult to disagnose problem without being able to see what's going on, but does anyone have any ideas? Do I simply have a wimpy machine? Are my needles being inserted incorrectly? Could the machine be misthreaded, putting undue pressure on the needle? I'd appreciate any ideas that anyone might have, and so would the grocery bags that are in progress.
Alternately, I'm willing to bribe someone local (baked goods, cooking dinner, booze) to come take a look at the beast.