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« on: August 18, 2008 02:30:54 PM »

Can someone please help me? I think my sewing machine is broken. *Crys*
Here's whats happening but I'm not sure what all the parts are called so sorry if I confuse you.

Well I was sewing as normal then it jammed up like the bobbin was gonna pop out. (by the way my machine is brother XL2120) It had done that before so I checked on this site and people said to put in a new needle and to clean out the bottom bit. Well, last time that worked but this time it hasn't.
So I took the shuttle out and the bit that holds the shuttle has got like a little nick in it from where maybe a needle has hit it. The thing is I dont know if that was ment to be there! When I used the balance wheel and the needle moved round it felt like it was scraping it and if i reversed it the shuttle would move backwards and when the needle came down it would hit the top of it.
 I filed down the nick and it started working for a little bit but then no matter what tension I used the underneath would be so messy! Then when I tried reversing again it jammed! I don't know what to do. Do you think I need to send it back? I only got it at xmas.

Any advice would be great!
Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008 05:49:57 PM »

I can't help you. But, I have a friend who owns a quilt shop that sells fabric and sewing machines. They repair all brands. You might like to call a local shop and just ask them what might be the problem and could you get it fixed or order the part needed to fix it yourself. Good luck.
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008 06:59:45 PM »

When you cleaned out the birdsnest, did you take the top spool off?
If I do a half clean & it doesn't work I start over from scratch & take everything off, top & bottom, clean everything, re-thread from scratch & try again.
When I test after a clean & re-thread I do just that, test. I grab a scrap (preferably from my current project so it's the same weight) and I start slow so I can watch & listen for anything out of the ordinary.

Some problems that show up on the bottom are caused on top.
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008 02:36:44 AM »

Hi thank you for your replies.
 Gonna ask a silly question now but what is a top spool?
I have taken the bobbin out and the shuttle its in and cleaned all in the machine as far as I can see but when the shuttle is in there and I turn the wheel it moves backwards and the needle hits the top of it. Should it move backwards or should it stay still?
I was wondering if the bit that holds the needle, (don't know what is called) the arm bit, could be out of alignment?  When I looked through the gap at the front where the thread take up arm thingy is, it looks like it had a little bit of dust/thread there but I cant reach it unless I take the whole of the back of the machine off.
I was gonna send it back to see if they can fix it but my dad has just noticed that we didnt send the warrenty back Arrrghh I'm so stupid! 
I want to take the back off but I'm worried I might damage it more.
I might do what JLMS suggested and ask in a shop. Because I'm new to it all I don't know how much it would cost to get it looked at or if they will bump me when they fix it. especially if its something simple.
Do you reakon I should take the back off? 
Thanks again.

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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2008 05:41:33 AM »

Ok by top spool I mean the spool of thread that sits on a peg on top of the machine.

I cannot figure out what piece you are calling a shuttle, maybe the foot? Modern machines do not have a piece called a shuttle (antique ones do sometimes).

Under the foot is the sole plate, this has 3 or 4 rectangular holes in it that go right under the foot and the bumpy bits that come up through it are called dog feet (weird, I know). Get out your manual & identify all the parts of your machine. Yes, the sole plate is removable & you should get familiar with what's under it for cleaning & such.
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2008 10:56:25 AM »

I took the bobbin bit out so I could take a picture to show you and I thought I would add a tiny drop of baby oil to the little nick then put it back together. I thought I would try it one more time before I would throw it out the window and guess what?  .... It works!!   I either dislodged something or the oil helped. Woohoo!
 Thank you guys so much for your comments though.

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