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Topic: Either my Singer Genie 354 is broken or I'm a dumbass  (Read 3114 times)
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« on: July 19, 2006 10:14:27 AM »

I'm thinking that I'm a dumbass...  My mom gave me her sewing machine, I've read the owners manual about fifty million times, followed all the step by step instructions to thread it, and when I tried to sew on my practice swatch (I wanted to practice first on a scrap before I actually attempted a project so I wouldn't ruin good fabric) it made a few good stitches, but on the back its all knotted and a lot of wasted thread.  Does anybody know what I'm doing wrong or if it's the machine?  I'm just getting sick of hand sewing, for something that should only take an hour, it takes me two or three days to complete.  I'd greatly appreciate it if somebody could point me in the right direction.  Thanks a bunch in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2006 11:52:14 AM »

That sounds like a problem with the bobbin tension.  Sometimes just unthreading the bobbin, cleaning out the lint in the bottom of the machine, and putting it back will fix it.  Otherwise, check the manual for how to adjust the needle and bobbin thread tension.  Good luck, I've used machines that had this issue, and I always hate having to rip out the tangled section to keep sewing.
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2006 12:21:52 PM »

generally issues on the bottom of the fabric are incorrect top tension, but really it's a tension balance issue. the problem you're having is called "birdnesting." your bobbin tension should be such that when you hold one end of the thread and kinda jerk/let it fall, the bobbin case should only fall an inch or two: more it's too loose/not at all it's too tight. then the top may need to be adjusted too. tension is a difficult thing to master, it just takes practice (and using the correct needle for your fabric) here's a site that may help: http://www.sewalot.com/tension_adjustments.htm
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2006 01:28:40 PM »

Thank you so much!  I'm going to try to fix the problem tonight.
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