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« on: September 29, 2003 08:03:58 PM »

Anybody got a clue about how to fix a sewing machine?

Please take a look at my webpage and see if you have a clue.

http://home.earthlink.net/~animegirlie/sewingmachine.htm

I'm at a loss for what to do. I've only used the machine to make ONE pair of pants a few years ago. I lent it to a room mate to use while I was out of town (She swore she knew how to sew) and it has not worked since.

Craftser has really made me want to sew ALOT more.

PLUS...my S.O. bought these (http://www.illig.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.100.exe/IL18609.html?L+scstore+knbm2171fff5ccf5+1088668752) pants. The portion of the pants with the all the pockets is removable - so of course he wants me to make him a trillion pairs of the base pants so he can trade out pockets. He's big on pockets....he's been wearing military style pants for more than half his 34 years.  
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2003 10:01:21 PM »

my sewing machine does that too!

im told it has something to do wtih the tension of the thread or something.

i think i am just gonna take mine in somewhere and see what they say.

hopefully a professional can help!
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2003 07:41:36 AM »

My sewing machine used to do that.  I took it to my local sewing machine repair center and for about 50 bucks they did a full maintance on it, that fixed the problem.  I was told you are suppose to maintance your machine once a year.  They oil it, repair tense, etc. Call around because the prices in my area for this service varied alot.  Hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2003 10:04:54 AM »

 Cry i was trying to get away with not spending too much cash. Oh, well....Off to the repair shop it goes.

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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2003 09:48:42 PM »

Wait!  I'm not an expert, but I've had this problem alot.  Maybe this will help... Try messing with the top thread tension knob first.  Use a swatch of leftover fabric-- the same type that you're trying to sew on for your project.  Fold it in half (so you've got two thicknesses like you would for any project) and just sew a straight line each time you change the tension and see if it gets better or worse.  Then just keep dialing it up or down, depending on which direction made the bunchiness lessen.  

I teach sewing classes at my dorm and that always happens.  The bobbin thread gets all bunchy on the bottom side Sad  Sometimes machines just get moody about sewing speed, different fabrics or different types of thread for no reason.  I've gone so far as to take my bobbin case and feed dog apart before figuring out that wasn't the problem, so I feel your pain!
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2003 10:12:50 PM »

 Sad I spent, LITERALLY, 2 days playing with the tension, etc. last month while I was temporarily without a job.

I took the bobbin assembly apart, as far as it would go with out getting a screw driver involved, and I think that made the problem worse.

Maybe that thing will get played with this weekend. I'll post more pictures if I get it to work without a trip to the repair shop.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2003 08:58:02 PM »

Has anyone used a the Brother brand of sewing machines? There is an inexpensive model I saw at Hancock Fabrics that I might purchase if the current machine is pronounced dead by a repair person.

My current machine is about to get chucked out the window, it really makes me want to cry.

I tried another tactic to get the machine working tonight - I was overjoyed my test stitches and experiments were perfect!!!! Then I tried to sew the hem on a skirt and the machine was up to it's dirty tricks again.

It's going to the repair shop for sure now. Thanks to every one who replied with suggestions previously.  
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2003 09:52:02 PM »

I'm got a Brother my mom gave me when I went off to college in '92. It's served me well. When I finally brought it in to repair the tenstion that was WAY off, the repairman told me that he doesn't like the Brother models, b/c the casing is hard to get into - apparently, you have to unscrew a bunch of stuff to get to the parts.

BUT it's been great since the tension was adjusted. Personally, I leave adjusting the tension to the pro's -  I'd rather pay a lil' $$ than break my workhorse.

Mine's a Brother XR-31  I don't think they make 'em anymore.

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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2003 07:26:52 AM »

i really want the NX 600 - it looks phat!

that is my dream machine right now!

however this past week i inheirted my mom's kenmore from 1975 - it has never been used once but she lost the manual i need to learn this machine and then learn to sew - but at least now i can - i haven't sewn since 7th grade and then we only made pillows - i am excited!
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2003 05:38:37 PM »

It's served me well. When I finally brought it in to repair the tenstion that was WAY off, the repairman told me that he doesn't like the Brother models, b/c the casing is hard to get into - apparently, you have to unscrew a bunch of stuff to get to the parts.

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I LOVE YOUR WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I check your site all the time for interesting stuff to look at. Currently squireling cash away for the "I am wearing my smartypants" shirt and a red pill shirt. I found your site from not martha.  

okay, good to know that they are sturdy.  Thanks for the info
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