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« on: August 24, 2008 05:00:58 PM »

Something is up today, I cannot get my sewing machine to sew even stitches.  I've rethread the spool and the bobbin, adjusted with tension, adjusted foot pressure, adjusted stitch length, oiled, used dust-off, and changed needles.  *sigh*  I just had it cleaned and timing adjusted about 4 months ago.  But, in typing this all out, I guess that is the answer.  Anyone else had these issues, and what is usually the  problem?

I don't know if the picture helps, but this is what I mean.  Can you tell how its long on the left (what it was set on, 8 stitches per inch) vs short and bunched up on the right?  I was applying the same pressure throughout the length, and the machine was going the same speed. 

« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008 10:53:03 AM »

Actually what's happening is it's skipping stitches, the upper & lower threads aren't looping together like they should on every stitch, making it look like huge long stitches, if you cut that thread you'll see holes where the needle penetrated but the threads didn't catch.

Is that really thick fabric or a lot of layers? You need looser tension & longer stitches for thicker fabrics/ layers.

Now, if it's doing that on 2 layers of light cotton, there's a bigger issue at hand, but I think this is fabric caused Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008 12:43:18 PM »

I didn't even think of that!

It was a layer of quilting cotton, a layer of thin fleece, and a layer of satiny stuff (I forgot the name, I want to call is chartruse, but thats a color).  I've sewn this combo before, but didn't have this problem.  At least I don't think I did, maybe I just didn't notice it then.  I'll try something more like cotton and cotton tonight and see if it behaves.
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