(The machine is a Brother XL2600I
Ok, my sewing friends. I need help here. No matter what I do, I can't get good, even, usable stitches. I've read a ton on the subject and everyone says tension problems. But I can adjust the upper tension higher or lower and it doesn't matter. In fact, the more it seems I try to solve the problem, the more it seems to get worse. I'm stymied at making projects as I can't get my stitches to work properly.
* I've re-threaded the top many times, making sure everything is correct to no help.
* I've made new bobbins to no help.
* I've changed the top tension both higher and lower to no help. (My machine does not have a lower tension adjustment.)
Besides what I've already done, is there something else you can suggest? Is there a less obvious answer? (You know, the kind of, well it's 99% of the time tension, but if it's not it can also be X
Is my machine damaged or needs service? (Though I've had it sitting on my counter for two months, the last few days are the first time I've actually turned it on and tried to use it.) I ask also because it seems that the very first stitches I made
were almost flawless whereas, now it seems to be getting worse, not better with use.
Here's some shots to show you what it looks like.
This is the top of the fabric:
This is the bottom of the fabric:
As you can see, the problem seems to be expanding to include stitch issues on BOTH sides of the fabric.
And, though I didn't do it in this example, it seems to get even worse when I start and stop - especially if I use the reverse to lock the stitch.
I'm really at a loss here and it's very disheartening to finally figure out how to thread the thing and make it run, only to be faced with what seems like ever worsening quality stitches. I can't make any projects because I can't get a solid stitch out of it.
Any help, ideas, or suggestions is greatly appreciated.