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« on: September 26, 2007 08:48:25 PM »

i think my machine is going on strike...it keeps getting all gummed up (the thread that is)...and now it is so bad, that i only get about 12 inches of sewing before it craps out on me....

im pretty new to sewing, so i dont know if its something that i am doing or if its the machine...ive tried opening it and cleaning the lint, etc out....i tried a new bobbin....

im at a loss and about to have to give up sewing....i really cant take it any more....has anyone had this problem? does anyone have a solution?

here are photos of what happens...

im desperate....if its me - hopefully one of you skilled veterns can show me the error of my ways....if its just my machine - then ill just have to pack it all in and give up (i cant afford to have it looked at or to get a new one)....

a bit melodramatic...i know...its been one of those days  Cry

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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007 08:59:43 PM »

I might be barking up the wrong tree here because what I actually know about sewing could be written on the back of a postage stamp, but are you sure you've threaded the machine correctly? 9 times out of 10 when I have a problem, I think I've threaded it right but actually haven't, and if the machine is new to you then it's even more likely.

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2007 09:23:23 PM »

First you need to check your tension. Often this type of thing is caused by a bad tension setting - which may vary based on the stitch length, weight of the fabric, weight of the thread.....

You should also check to see if your machine has a bobbin tension adjustment.  mine has a little screw in the doohickey that holds the bobbin. If it loosens up too much the bobbin thread goes crazy and if it is too tight for the weight of the thread, the bobbin thread just breaks.

To go along with the prior poster - it may seem dumb but make sure that the thread is actually going between the tension plates and not behind them... 
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007 09:25:51 PM »

oh!  I think I know this one!  I think KatherineEmma was barking up the right tree.  That looks exactly like you're not getting the right top tension.  Double check that your machine is threaded correctly, especially the arm bit that goes up and down and the loopy bit where the thread is (usually) pressed between two metal discs (check your tension setting, too, if you have it.)

Don't feel bad about it, and don't give up on sewing!  I've been practically sewn to a sewing machine for the last ten years and got tripped up by the same kind of problem just a few weeks ago. 

You said that it will sew for about 12 inches before it starts doing that, so it could be slipping off the arm bit while you're busy watching the needle.  try sewing a few straight seams while watching the thread go through, but be careful of your fingers!

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007 08:27:11 AM »

this happens to me all the time.  It looks like your bobbin is in backwards.  Just flip it and try again.  My bobbin has a case and when it is in the case and you pull the thread the bobbin should be rotate clockwise.  Every machine is a little different but before you start messing with tensions which can get messy... try flipping the bobbin.   I think it is the best place to start and I've had the exact problem many a times
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2007 08:32:29 AM »

I had an old Singer that did something like that occasionally.  It happened when the top thread slipped out of the tension disks.  I too am broke, so I just learned to listen for a different sound, and put the thread back as soon as it happened. 

You might also try a brand new needle.  A bent needle can cause worlds of pain for sewing machines. 

Good luck!

« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007 08:14:18 AM »

thank you so much for all of your suggestions and encouragement....i worked my way through all of them...unfortunately, nothing seemed to work...so...i finally changed my stitch length and the size of the little cap thing that holds on the thread...

im not sure if it was a fluke...or if one or both things helped, but i was able to finish the changing pad that i was making...

i am half anxious and half wary to start a new project Sad

thanks again for your responses!

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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007 05:35:00 PM »

i finally changed my stitch length and the size of the little cap thing that holds on the thread...

that is more than likely your tension knob ; )
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2007 06:46:01 PM »

You might also want to try changing your needle more often - my thread always tangles when I get lazy about needle changing.

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