I bought a singer ultra lock from Walmart for Christmas. I used it a bit over Christmas vacation and I didn't seem to have any problems with it until now.
Today I was trying to make several workshirts of my fathers sleeveless. While I was about 4 shirts in the machine seemed to be ripping the fabric at the edge and just did weird things to the thread. I took the shirt off and tried sewing on some scrap fabric and the machine made a loud unfamiliar noise when I began to sew again.
Then it just stopped all together. Instead of making a "chain" of thread when I pressed the foot the threads were just straight and the thread didn't make a chain together at all.
I looked inside of the machine and saw that several of the threads had come undone or snapped so I tried re threading it according to the crappy instructions on the side of the machine. (I can't find my serger instructions manual anywhere. I know I saved the book but it has completely gone MIA)
Now my machine makes chains but they are strange. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, or maybe I was sewing it completely wrong in the first place. Can somebody point me in the right direction? Or should I try to find someplace that deals with Singer machines? I don't want to have wasted $200 you know? I don't really have anyone to ask for help because I'm the only person that really sews and this is the first time ever using a this Singer my life and I could be completely doing it wrong. I have not idea. I never had this many problems with just my regular sewing machine.
Here are some images of the machine threaded, I hope they make sense to your eyes.
This is what the chain looks like.
This is what it looks like on the fabric
A less fuzzy close up. The threads weren't so square looking on the ends before I started having problems. I don't know how to explain it.
I think I found an example of what I mean. If you look at this piece of fabric the diagonal line with the tight threads is what it was doing right before it made the scary noise. Then the horizontal edge is what the thread was doing to the fabric after. You can see that it's really different looking.
Any help would be really really appreciated. Thank you!