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Topic: Seems my thread is "magically" coming out of the needle eye!  (Read 525 times)
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« on: February 08, 2014 08:09:20 PM »

Hi folks! New here - I thought you would be just the people I need to talk to! I've been scrolling through forums on a bunch of sites looking for the answer, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.

Here's what keeps happening.

I dusted off an old White sewing machine, cleaned it up a bit and leafed through the manual. I followed the diagram to thread the baby, and started to sew. I'm no expert, so I will be thrilled if this is a dummy question with a simple answer. But as I started to sew, I would have two or three successful stitches, and then the thread would be out of the needle. To clarify: the thread STAYED in the fabric, the stitches DIDN'T pull out, and the thread DID NOT break! But as if by witchcraft, the thread would run from the last guide to the fabric, completely skipping the needle eye. I am honestly baffled, because my understanding of physics says that's impossible. Am I crazy? How can I fix this problem?

What I've tried so far:
-Changed to a new needle
-Re-threaded the machine a few times
-Different thread
-Switched the direction of the bobbin thread, then switched it back
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2014 11:49:12 PM »

Would you be able to post a picture of the needle area when you have it threaded? It might help us to visualize what might be going on!

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014 02:03:45 PM »

Perhaps the needle is the "self threading" variety.  That means there is a tiny slit on the side of the needle and you just slide the thread into that slit and slide the thread in to place.  This is used by people with visual impairments that are unable to thread a regular needle. But I don't know how the the machine can still stitch the fabric with the needle being threaded.  It is a "puzzlement" indeed.

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