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Topic: Problem with your machine? CHECK HERE FIRST! How to properly insert your bobbin.  (Read 67371 times)
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« Reply #40 on: June 14, 2006 06:27:58 PM »

you may not have the thread running through the tension plates.   un thread the machine and re thread it.  This might fix the problem. 

This might be completely redundant, but make sure the foot is down.  No pressure will be on the tension plates unless the foot is down.
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« Reply #41 on: June 14, 2006 06:35:53 PM »

I bet you 10 imaginary dollars, you just need to change your needle. You need to change your needle every project. Yes, you do. FOR FUTURE REFRENCE. Do not, ever, mess, with, the , tension. EVVVERRR. Just get someone else to do it who knows how for sure. the only way tension gets screwed up enough to mess with it is if you throw your machine down the steps. I'm serious. So, change your needle, and re thread your machine. Hope I helped!

Okay, I tend to disagree.  You may need to change your needle, but the problem you're describing (because I can't see the pics) doesn't usually correlate with an old needle.  As for the "change it every project rule" I don't think that's entirely acurate either.  Me sewing for one hour on a light weight purse is quite different from me sewing for 5 hours on a pair of denim pants.  I have seen on many places where they say to change it every X-hours, but of course I can't remember which.

And I say, why not mess with the tension?  I'm going to assume that we're talking about the top tension and not the bobbin tension.  The bobbin tension you probably shouldn't touch unless you know what you're doing.  As for the top tension, take note of where it is right now, and then mess away.   It's the only way you're going to learn about your machine.

Personally, my best guess is that your machine is threaded incorrectly.  Just my two cents.
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« Reply #42 on: June 15, 2006 05:47:11 AM »

Check to see if you have the same thread in the bobbin that you have on the spool,and check the manual on how to oil it.If it's the tension.......ack...that's a pain,and just move it a little at a time.But most likely you have it threaded wrong or the bobbin in the wrong way.Check the simple stuff first,the last thing I would check would be tension.It's probably something simple.
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« Reply #43 on: June 16, 2006 04:18:09 PM »

depending on which site you reference the time between needle changes is anywhere from 6-10 dependant on type of needle (the sharps seem to have a shorter use life) and type of fabric being sewn.   Sheers and some knits you seem to need to be on the ball changing needles as they snag and pucker where it is really hard to hide.

I change every project (for large ones) and every two or three for smaller ones, so around every 6-8 hours of actual sewing time.

But I sew a fair bit, a six hour sewing day is not unusual, and I have been known to marathon up to fourteen hours several days running.  Usually the end of June and beginning of July when my LARP group does the annual lets get 600+ of us together to be idiots thing.

For fiddling upper tension, go with a test swatch and fiddle with a plan rather than random dial twirling, and keep notes.  I found a good tension level for doing bobbin work embroidery with knitting silk that couched the silk down beautifully but it was NOT my usuall at all.

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« Reply #44 on: June 18, 2006 11:23:01 AM »

I am an avid sewer and the best advice given to me was to take your machine in for a tune up every year or so.  If you haven't had your machine tuned up recently, this will fix all your problems.  They'll fix the tension issue, they'll fix anything else that needs to be done.  it's not that pricey and will save you the headache.  It's worth the $$ in my mind.

Good luck!  Please let us know what you decide to do or how you fixed it.

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« Reply #45 on: June 20, 2006 01:22:29 PM »

I can't see the pictures. Am I doing something wrong?
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« Reply #46 on: June 21, 2006 08:27:06 AM »

Thanks everyone!! Im printing out all these replies as my little manual... tnx so much.
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« Reply #47 on: June 21, 2006 08:31:29 AM »

I bet you 10 imaginary dollars, you just need to change your needle. You need to change your needle every project. Yes, you do. FOR FUTURE REFRENCE. Do not, ever, mess, with, the , tension. EVVVERRR. Just get someone else to do it who knows how for sure. the only way tension gets screwed up enough to mess with it is if you throw your machine down the steps. I'm serious. So, change your needle, and re thread your machine. Hope I helped!

Okay, I tend to disagree.  You may need to change your needle, but the problem you're describing (because I can't see the pics) doesn't usually correlate with an old needle.  As for the "change it every project rule" I don't think that's entirely acurate either.  Me sewing for one hour on a light weight purse is quite different from me sewing for 5 hours on a pair of denim pants.  I have seen on many places where they say to change it every X-hours, but of course I can't remember which.

And I say, why not mess with the tension?  I'm going to assume that we're talking about the top tension and not the bobbin tension.  The bobbin tension you probably shouldn't touch unless you know what you're doing.  As for the top tension, take note of where it is right now, and then mess away.   It's the only way you're going to learn about your machine.

Personally, my best guess is that your machine is threaded incorrectly.  Just my two cents.

I've never changed my needle.. i know i need to do that. 

But i'm pretty sure I'm threading it right..  it goes through the tension, all the loops and stuff..
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« Reply #48 on: June 21, 2006 10:06:08 AM »

this is going to sound strange but, is it threaded in the right order? Machines vary a bit my workhorse is tensioner, under a guide, through a looper (the one that moves) and through two more loop guides then the needle.  but my Atlas it's guide, guide, tensioner, under a guide, looper that moves then needle. Skipping either of the top guides would make it *refuse* to work.

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« Reply #49 on: June 21, 2006 02:56:07 PM »

okay... from the spool, though a little loop guide, through another one that changes the direction 90 deg. through the tension, through the long metal part that comes up and down (sorry i dont know the lingo) then down through the needle.
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