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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Top loading bobbin tension? on: November 19, 2012 10:45:27 AM
I have no idea, that's why I asked on here.

I had my machine serviced last year when the timing was off. He is going to have look at hers and hopefully sort out the problem, as it is driving her mental at the moment.

She is having 2 problems.
First she is getting a banging noise, similar to when you are forcing it to stitch too many layers at the same time. This noise stops when sewing very fast, wish cannot be done all the time.

The other is that she ends up with loads of loops on the bottom.

She also has a problem with her needle tension. It has to be on 0 to get it to sew anything. She is going to clean her tension disks to see if there is any improvement.
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Free Motion Foot? on: November 19, 2012 08:52:56 AM
I have just come along your thread, so I don't know if you are still wanting info, but after googling your machine, it looks like you won't need one.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: kenmore 385 117828 needle too low on: November 19, 2012 08:49:47 AM
It could be your timing.

Before you seek professional advice, check for lint where you insert your needle which may be preventing your needle to be inserted all the way up.
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help- new sewing machine trouble! on: November 19, 2012 08:28:42 AM
I agree.

What you need to do, before putting fabric on your machine, is thread your machine as instructed, then move your hand wheel towards you one complete rotation, holding the needle thread.
This will bring your bobbin thread to the top. Then you place your fabric under the foot, hold the two threads to back so they don't get pulled back into the bobbin. Then you sew.
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Top loading bobbin tension? on: November 19, 2012 08:22:50 AM
My friend has a brother sewing machine. 12 months old, and has had regular use over the last 6 months.

Her machine has a top loading bobbin, of which I have no knowledge (I have a front loading bobbin). She is having problems, and we think there maybe a bobbin tension problem. Mine is easy to solve, and all the information we have found is for front loading bobbins.

Are top loading bobbins automatic regarding tension? We can't find any information and the manual is no use at all. She has tried calling the helpline, but keeps ending up in queues.
She is taking it to be looked at, but we could do with some information before the bloke has a look later in the week.

Any advice would be great.
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Applique on: November 18, 2012 10:18:26 AM
Thanks for the reply.
I had considered needle turn, but wanted to do this by machine. I have other ideas that will be done by needle turn.

If anyone is interested, I found a video on YouTube showing that it was possible. This is done by interfacing the fabric with iron-on interfacing, then drawing your picture and then cutting that out. You then pin this and use a zig-zag/satin stitch to attach.

I have to wait until I find my interfacing, or wait until my new stuff is delivered.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric Estimation? on: November 18, 2012 03:22:51 AM
You could look into those frames they used for dresses to get that shape. Then you could attach the tulle to that, and may save a bit.
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: A few questions sorry on: November 18, 2012 03:19:21 AM
I also suggest using t-shirt transfer paper. You could put many little ones, onto the same piece of transfer paper, and put pictures onto many blocks.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to alter a pattern on: November 18, 2012 03:17:27 AM
Hi there, I love both of the pics you have submitted.

If I was doing this I would copy the sleeve pattern, don't modify the top, to make it easy to attach to the body.

Make the sleeve a little longer, and mark the finished size of opening you want, then draw from that width to the elbow. I suggest making a toile (or mock-up) of the sleeve before you use your fashion fabric, to make sure you have the fit correct/or how you want it. You can use an old sheet to make the toile.

Good luck with it.
20  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Needle Tension Problems on: November 12, 2012 03:08:58 AM
Ok thanks for the help. I'll try them this afternoon.
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