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duckiedarling
« on: June 27, 2009 01:44:35 PM »

Help me please!

Sadly, no one actually taught me how to sew, and I keep coming up against all kinds of problems. The most common and annoying one is that MY NEW MACHINE KEEPS JAMMING!

I sew for 2 seconds and then the top thread somehow gets all tangled up around the bobbin holder thingy (I also don't know the names for things). I keep having to stop before I even get started, taking it all apart, check the tension on the bobbin, put it back together, and it just happens all over again.

I don't think the machine is broken. It's less than a year old and I did manage to make a few skirts on it, but I keep coming across this problem, get frustrated, and give up. What do I need to do to fix this?
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2009 02:09:23 PM »

http://blog.sew-classic.com/2008/09/27/thread-nests-and-wads-on-the-underside-how-to-fix-it.aspx
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duckiedarling
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2009 02:38:03 PM »

Thanks, I hadn't seen this site. When I forgive my machine, I'll try again.
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19libra86
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2009 03:58:25 PM »

Today I broke a needle...

I changed it for a new one and the thread went all over the place when I started sewing. I checked the needle and saw that the 'hole' where you're supposed to thread it, was pointing to one side instead of to the center.

I changed the needle for a new one, checking it before, and placing it correctly in my sewing machine. This time the hole was on the center and the sewing machine worked fine!

Maybe you should check your needle!

BTW... I am also teaching myself (OK, with the help of crafster's members) and it's hard work, but so pleasing!
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duckiedarling
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2009 07:51:58 PM »

I checked my  needle and it doesn't look bent or anything. I'd change it anyway, just to check, but it's the last one I have for that fabric.

It is hard work! When it goes right, I love it, but lately I end up with nothing but frustration. Craftster is loads of help of course, but I think I should find a good book for some extra tips.
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amazing_784
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2009 10:16:00 AM »

Sometimes the machine manual will have some troubleshooting tips in it for situations like yours.  Have you read through it so you are familiar with your machine?  It's probably something simple, like not holding the thread tails out of the way when you first start sewing a seam.  That's the one that gets me most often.
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duckiedarling
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2009 02:44:12 PM »

My manual isn't too helpful. All it says when this happens to un-jam it and try again which doesn't actually solve the problem. I cleaned it, replaced the needle, and rethreaded the thread. I got a few more stitches this time; I'm going to try the tension this time.
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