I never posted my recent sewing issue, however, I did spend WAY too much time trying to find the answer on the internet. Luckily, I was able to find an answer, but I can't remember where, so I thought I'd share it here in case anyone else has the same problem.
I was trying to make a Christmas stocking, (a major pain in the butt project, as posted earlier), and the zigzag stitch on my Brother CS-6000i sewing machine was not working. Not unusual for this POS machine. Specifically, the right side of the zigzag would not pick up the bobbin thread, so I ended up with a straight line.
I found a few people out there online who had the same issue and the responses were mostly related to changing the needle, changing the bobbin, changing the tension...the usual. Anyway, I happened to find one brilliant response that mentioned that only Schmetz needles seem to work on her Brother. Desperate, I switched out my cheapy-cheap needle for a Schmetz (I can't actually believe I had some) and my zigzag nightmares were over...almost. I still had a lot of problems with the tension. It's always something with that machine! Arrgghhh!