thanks for your comments. i did give it another whirl yesterday, actually reading the manual and stuff! yep! and i tried everything i could think of. it improved, but not enough. changing the tension didn't make that much difference. i wonder if trying different thread would help? or a different batting - this is cheap poly stuff. i remember sewmamasew did a month on this subject, maybe i should do some research. and yes, it's probably my cheapo machine, but i'm not ready to accept defeat right now!
troy is working a bunch of overtime this week, which means, sadly, i won't get to go to kcmqg this month. sniff. or have any time for sewing. i have joy's annual cookie exchange on saturday, which means friday will be spent baking 6 dozen cookies. i am trying out two new recipes this year. one is for these cutie santa hats, and the other is for these brownie bites. only, instead of pumpkin, i am using candy cane kisses! yum! the mint truffle ones are tasty too. i also bought the irish creme flavor, but bleah. they were nasty. in case you were wondering. as a backup, i have all the stuff to make sugar cookies and cinnamon crackles. anyways! i will post pics on friday!!