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CarinaJo
« on: September 08, 2013 05:50:45 PM »

Hi All!
Friday I made two skirts with elastic waistbands. Today, I tried to make a pair of palazzo pants and realized that my stitches looked weird. The stitch length is not changing, no matter what I put it on. I've played with the tension, unthread, rethread, different stitches, everything, and they all come out tiny. Also, the feed dogs seem not to be catching, unless I back stitch.

I'm not sure if I messed up something with all of the elastic or what.
Any suggestions for how I could fix it?
My machine is a Brother XL3750
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2013 02:12:53 AM »

Are the feed dogs in the "up" position? Sounds like the fabric is just not going forward.
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CarinaJo
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2013 12:29:03 PM »

Actually, the feed dogs on this machine don't go down. They can only be covered with the darning plate.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2013 01:53:34 PM »

Have you tried to sew with a scrap of fabric to test the machine out? Is the fabric "flowing" correctly? You thread isn't caught on something.   Checked under the plate to see that nothing is in there that shouldn't be? Kind of hard for me if I can't see it. I just hope I'm not wasting your time. I'm just trying to trouble shoot.
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CarinaJo
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2013 05:58:02 PM »

I did the scrap test and the fabric is only feeding when the machine is in reverse.
The thread is moving through everything it's supposed to. The bobbin is a drop-in style, so there's not a lot that can go wrong there. I can't see anything in that area even when the bobbin is out.

I almost think it has something to do with pulling/sewing the elastic because the machine does everything it's supposed to in reverse except for changing the stitch width.

Any more suggestions?
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2013 09:54:35 PM »

Wow.  Another thing I can think of is maybe the pressure on the foot changed or if you put pressure or pulled the elastic on the waistbands while sewing, maybe that "moved" something on the sewing length parts of the machine. (Out of line...no longer synchronized) I did something real dumb when I got my "new for me" machine. I switched the straight stitch to zigzag while the needle was down and now have a slightly zigzag stitch to my straight stitch meaning that I knocked the moving parts off. (sorry, don't remember what they are called in English...) You may simply need to get it reset professionally cause you need to be very accurate when doing so.  Geeee, I hope all of this rambling is helping at least some small bit even though we haven't figured it out yet.
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