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Tailte
« on: May 06, 2008 04:53:54 AM »


A corner of the fabric I was sewing this afternoon has jammed in the...feed dog? I don't know what its called. But I absolutley have no idea how to free it.

To clarify, heres a photo:
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008 05:13:55 AM »

Have you tried moving the handwheel slightly back and forward to try and free up the fabric?
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2008 05:47:23 AM »

I have had the same thing happen to me. I remove the needle-you may have to break it.Then I open up the bobbin case and try to turn the wheel to move up and down. Usually it will come out.
Hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2008 06:18:59 AM »

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I remove the needle-you may have to break it.

Ug! Rather severe! If you loosen the needle you will then be able to turn the wheel to raise the arm thus avoiding breaking anything. Granted, it is good to replace a needle after a bad jam as the jam can bend a needle, but I've been hit in the face with a broken needle & it's scary!

It looks like you started too close to the end of the fabric (although you may have moved things around to take the picture). Especially on really lightweight fabrics & knits you need to give the machine some lead space to avoid this problem.
So now your thinking "but I need my hem to go all the way to the edge of the fabric", I know Smiley Start an inch in, sew the hem. Go back to your unfinished inch, feed it into the machine from the other side (as though you just sewed all the sewn bit coming from the other direction) and finish off that last inch. Not terribly time consuming and keeps you machine jam free.
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2008 12:46:05 PM »

Have you tried moving the handwheel slightly back and forward to try and free up the fabric?

Always works for me.
Just turn the handwheel back and forth GENTLY pulling the fabric away from the sewing monster!
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2008 02:53:48 PM »

If you can, try opening up the bobbin case - if you can see the bobbin thread, it helps to clip it.  Then I wiggle the handwheel back and forth and if necessary take the needle out of the machine.
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2008 03:01:27 PM »

If the suggestions listed above don't work, remove the needle and the presser foot (snip threads as necessary). Then get your screwdriver and remove the throat plate. The fabric may be jammed in the slots on the throat plate. At least it's happened to me. The fabric is easier to pull out when you've got the throat plate free. If there's a big wad of thread on the fabric, snip and pull the thread only until the fabric is free.

Reassemble the machine. Go get a cup of tea. Put on a Jane Austen movie and forget about it for a while.

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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008 05:24:52 PM »

Thanks so much! I managed to get the fabric free and my hem finished.
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