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knottie
« Reply #680 on: July 25, 2008 01:36:05 PM »

It's hard to tell from the photo, but that thread seems awfully thick.  What kind are you using?  Could the ball be forming because the thread is too thick for the needle?
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« Reply #681 on: July 25, 2008 02:26:53 PM »

If it's been a while since you've changed you needle, it's time to change it. A lot of times the thread will shred because the needle is dull, or like knottie said, the thread is too thick for that needle.

If it's a thick thread, try a topstitch or jeans needle cause they have bigger eyes
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« Reply #682 on: July 26, 2008 09:16:36 AM »

Check your thread. you don't want to be using anything marked hand quilting.
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« Reply #683 on: July 26, 2008 09:34:37 AM »

Also make sure you aren't using that cheap $1.99 cone-style serger thread from Jo-Ann. It is super duper low quality, and I always have that problem with it balling up when I try to use it for the top thread. It has now been relegated to bobbin-thread-only duty.
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« Reply #684 on: July 26, 2008 10:15:59 AM »

thank you, everyone! i decided to just go out and buy new thread, even though i know what i was using was only a few months old.
i also changed the needle to a medium size, and it seems to be working fine now. i'm very happy now. Cheesy
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« Reply #685 on: July 29, 2008 01:45:10 PM »

So my (vintage Kenmore, if it makes any difference) is having a needle problem. Specifically, that it keeps breaking. As far as I can tell, it seems to be hitting on something in the bobbin case. It doesn't do it with straight-stitching, only zig-zag (and it always clunks when the needle is on the right side). Any ideas?
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« Reply #686 on: July 29, 2008 01:53:19 PM »

It's sounds like it's out of alignment. This is a job for a pro to fix though.
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« Reply #687 on: July 29, 2008 03:47:59 PM »

sapphire_distortion - did you see the images I posted on the previous page?

Penlowe - can you take a look too? I think I have a similiar problem with my poor singer.   
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« Reply #688 on: July 29, 2008 05:25:05 PM »

sapphire_distortion - did you see the images I posted on the previous page?

Penlowe - can you take a look too? I think I have a similiar problem with my poor singer.   

As far as I can tell, our machines are doing similar things, but my bobbin case isn't aligned the same way as your's, it looks like your's is horizontal and mine is vertical. If that makes any sense, I'm sick and headachey today and can't think of the proper terms. I figured it was the timing but thought I'd check before giving up and freecycling it (I already have one very similar that works, I just wanted to try and get this one running but it has been nothing but a PITA).
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« Reply #689 on: July 29, 2008 05:48:59 PM »

totally makes sense - my machine B4 this one was a kenmore so I remember how it was set up.

I don't want to get rid of this one - she's served me well

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