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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Machine problem

Can anyone look at this picture and give me suggestions? I am trying to hem a sweatshirt knit...it should not be this hard. I tried a double needle and resorted to zig zag stitch and got the same result both ways on the bobbin side.


I tried a few obvious things like rethreading the machine, using a new bobbin, taking apart the machine to make sure nothing crawled in there and died, adjusted tension, etc. Now I'm ready to throw it all, machine, project, scissors, out the window. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right?

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  1. Stacie...you wrote that yesterday, so I don't know if you figured it out. I can't tell from the picture, so I'm no help, but I thought I'd tell you this. I inherited a Kenmore that hadn't been used. A friend of mine was here from out of state...she oiled it first, then used it to make a babies hat. It worked fine. Last year I was having problems with my (old) Singer that couldn't be fixed, so I started using the Kenmore...it was sewing just fine. Suddenly I couldn't get the bobbin thread to work. I tried everything and so did a friend of mine. I put it out for the garbage man. I didn't want to give it to anyone when it wouldn't work. And I bought a new Brother sewing machine!!! And I do love it. BUT I was going to use the full bobbin that I had used in the Kenmore. I noticed that it was slightly smaller in height than the ones that came with the Brother, so I didn't use it. That's when I realized what had been wrong with the machine I threw away...the bobbin didn't fit the machine!!! I don't even know how old that bobbin was or where it came from. The rest of my "old" bobbins do fit the Brother, just that one was different. That probably is not what is causing your problem, but I thought I'd better tell you just in case. Even though you put in a new bobbin, make sure the height is what it should be for your machine. By that I mean the space where the thread winds around. Hope you did figure out what the problem is or was...it's very frustrating!

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    1. I never did figure it out. I made the skirt to see if it was a knit issue, and it did happen a couple times with the corduroy. I'm hoping it has worked itself out though. Yay on the new sewing machine idea though. I have had my eye out. Bummer yours was trashed for a little problem. I am thinking mine is a little problem I am missing.

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  2. Stacy, how frustrating. I have had that trouble in the past, I am not sure what is causing your machine to act up?? But as Judi ,above stated, I used the wrong bobbin, and it looked like my bobbins, but it would not work.. the thread kept
    balling up. Have you bought new/different bobbins??
    Other than that, I can't imagine ..You have checked all the regular problems.. Best wishes..hope you find the problem..

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    1. I checked my bobbin and I was good. Boo!

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  3. wrong needle? with me, it's always the wrong needle!

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    1. Maybe the wrong needle. I switched needles at a point on my new project and it helped a lot. Thanks for the advice!

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