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« on: June 24, 2010 05:59:56 PM »

It seems like any time I sew something other than cotton or similar fabric, my machine throws a tantrum. Felt, jersey knit, fleece, and PUL simply will not feed through my machine. It's almost as if my presser foot is clamped down too tight on the fabric- the feed dogs are moving, but the material is going nowhere and my needle ends up chewing on the same spot and tangling the bobbin. I have only the slightest success lifting the presser foot and "walking" the needle along.

Is it possible to adjust the tightness of the presser foot? Or is any fabric with stretch or an unusual texture is going to cause problems? I have a very simple, basic machine (a gift that I believe came from a FingerHut catalog, but you appreciate what you get when you can't afford to buy it yourself, you know?). I'm not even sure what the brand and model is. I've already had the timing repaired once, and don't want to have it thrown off again by fighting with stubborn fabrics.

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2010 06:03:15 PM »

P.S. when sewing with the PUL, I finally used layers of embroidery stabilizer btwn my project and the machine. Not a magic 'fix' but I didn't have to wrestle with it quite as much... So maybe it is the texture/stretch of the material?
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010 07:21:24 PM »

Maybe try a different foot? Does it seem like the foot is "sticking" to the material?
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2010 07:25:17 PM »

My machine (a super simple, basic Brother) does the same thing when I've got too many layers going, or a thick seam.  However, if your machine is doing it with just one or two layers of fabric, that sounds odd.  Make sure you're using the right needle and stitch length.  Thicker fabrics need a longer stitch.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2010 01:20:40 PM »

it does feel like it's sticking to the fabric- I'll try playing with the stitch length to see if this helps. I actually adjusted it once before, but I think I shortened it.  Roll Eyes So apparently the problem might be me, not the machine.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2010 06:18:35 PM »

Most (but not all) machines have the capability to change the presser foot pressure. Usually there is a knob, button, or something of that nature near the top of the machine on the left (near the presser foot). I use a lot of manipulation of presser foot pressure for all kinds of things - sewing with knits, bulky fabrics, easing in sleeves and other pieces, etc.  Do you have a manual? Or could you take a photo of the machine?
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