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Perja
« on: August 07, 2005 11:26:56 AM »

I just started sewing heavy corduroy and a thread got stuck in the underside of the sewing machine (where the tiny bobbin is)... I got most of it out but now when I use the machine, it gets stuck all the time and doesn't produce any stiches.

What can I do? I can't take the bottom pannel off or anything, so all I have access to is the bobbin compartment.
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2005 12:15:58 PM »

Remove the needle plate.  That's the metal plate under the presser foot.  It's probably held in place with a couple of screws, take the screws out, and the plate lifts off.  After you get all the thread out, be sure to oil it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2005 12:27:43 PM »

once you've opened it up cleaned and oiled it, completely re-thread it, top and bottom, reseating the bobbin carrier and all.

if there are still problems you need to get it serviced. (sometimes a bad jam up mucks up the machines tensioning, and if you don't have the skills to fix it yourself [most of us don't] get it looked at by a professional.)

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Perja
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2005 02:16:54 PM »

It appears that the fabric was too thick to get sewn... What I can I do to sew heavy corduroy?
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2005 06:27:00 AM »

seems a bit odd, ais it a small machine?  You may need an upgrade (or to go find someone to lend you a heavier duty [jeans type] machine)

We have an old Atlas that can handle eight layers of heavy canvas, is just very old and all metal.

reminds me we need to replace some belts on the thing...

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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2005 06:34:13 AM »

oh boy. this sounds like my machine. when mine does that (every ten minutes!!!!!!) i stop sewing, take the fabric out, and rethread the bobbin. then i put the fabric back in and start to stitch about an inch before where the other stitching ended. dont forget to reverse when you start again. hope this helps!
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2005 06:47:25 AM »

 ;Dhi have you put in a jeans needle as i think you need to for thicker fabric, also lengthen the stitch length to bigger maybe 3 1/2 to cope with the thickness. if this is a bag use some interfacing to stabilize the cloth. good luck cyndi
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2005 10:16:46 PM »

I have the same problem.. I just started sewing again.. and I just opened up the box to a brand new sewing machine.  Set things up to the best of my knowledge, trying to follow instructions, then I go to start sewing.. JAM.  I remove the thread and get things straightened out....stictch a few centimeters, then JAM.  I know this is my doing and not the machine's (operator error)  please help Sad  I think I had gotten all of the jammed up thread out of there, but I'm going to take the plate off and make sure...
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2005 10:56:34 PM »

-also check the tension
since you're using thicker fabric, you need to make the tension loosen the tension!
-sew slowly! even manually moving the wheel for a few stitches.
-have you been breaking needles too?
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2005 01:06:02 AM »

 :)just a thought, make sure you have the foot up when you thread, as this opens the tension discs to catch the top thread as it goes through other wise it wont sew properly. when you do applique you can use regular butcher  paper or pc paper if thats all you have to stabilize, tear off afterwards, cheers cyndi Smiley
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