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« on: October 17, 2009 04:47:10 PM »

I was zigzagging the long raw edges of fabric today and noticed a couple of things. The first I'm fairly sure is mechanical, but the second is probably me.

Issue the first: I had the zigzag set to a nice wide stitch. Three feet later, it was back to a straight stitch. I reset it-same thing. I looks like the vibration of the machine is causing the stitch selector dial to jiggle from whatever it's set to back to zero. Short of taping the dial down, is this something I can fix myself? Or does it need to go to the fixit guy? Actually, maybe I should be asking is this fixable at all?

My next problem is that before my zigzag started disappearing, I noticed that it was pulling the fabric between the edges up into a ridge. I assume that's a tension issue, but fiddle with it didn't get me anywhere. What am I doing wrong-am I supposed to loosen the tension or tighten it when it does that?

Oh, and my machine is a mid-60's Riccar, if that makes a difference:
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2009 05:13:47 AM »

Your moving stitch width dial is likely repairable.  If know how the stitch width mechanism is supposed to work (what part does what), then it will just be a matter of opening up the machine to see what is happening, and make the necessary adjustment or repair.  I'd start with a good clean and oil.  A gummed up spot can cause something like this.


The tunnelling/fabric folding with your zz stitch simply means that the width of the stitch is too wide for the weight of the fabric being sewn.  you either have to stabilize the fabric or narrow up the stitch.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2009 05:04:42 AM »

Thanks for the advice, Sew_Classic! I appreciate it. I'll fiddle with the stitch width dial this week, and if I can't get it sorted I'll take it to the fixit guy. I love going there and ogling all of his old machines, but he's a one-man operation and it'll take me weeks to get my machine back, which is why I was trying to avoid it if I could.

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