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hawtmamah
« on: September 04, 2008 01:20:09 PM »

ok so 1: i just got this machine off freecycle. it's a montgomery ward 1980-something , don't know what model.

2nd... i'm sure this has been covered in the other thread i found but hoenstly, i don't have time to look through 72 pages of responses considering alot of them arre so old the pictures aren't there to tell if it's similar to the issue i am having.

can you tell i'm frazzled?? i've been wanting a sewing machine for years now, and i know it's user error, but i cannot get this figured out! PLEASE help me!

i got one seam done on this dress http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/97, got up to do the armholes and all of a sudden the thing starts jamming.

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008 01:31:23 PM »

my tip for what I do when this happens to me.
first take a deep breathe and try not to throw things (I have a hard time with that one, I have to keep my desk clean so there isn't anything near me to throw)
rethread the machine (thread and bobbin) and try again
also make sure your needle is properly inserted (mine has to have the flat side of the needle in the back otherwise things go crazy).

any problem I have ever had with my machine (we've been together 3 years in nov.) I have been able to solve by rethreading.

hope that helps some.
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angeltreats
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008 02:04:42 PM »

If that happened me, the very first thing I would do would be to take out the bobbin, turn it round and put it back in the bobbin case - if you pull the thread the bobbin should turn clockwise.  (Or at least on any machine I've ever used it should.)

Also take out the bobbin and see if you can get the bobbin mechanism out of there (it should all come apart easily) and give it a really good clean, a little piece of thread caught somewhere can wreak the sort of havoc that is happening here. 
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laideebugz
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008 02:07:40 PM »

My suggestion is to cut away that mess of thread. Totally unthread your machine and start again. Take the bobbin out, make sure it's facing the correct way and re-thread as well.

my first machine came from freecycle and is a Montgomery Ward machine too. I did need to take it to a sew and vac to get cleaned and about $100 worth of maintance/repairs, but it was so worth it. She's a workhorse and sews like a charm!

Good luck with your machine

-gina
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olive_juice
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008 02:35:10 PM »

I've never had much luck with explaining it, but i do scream and cry and generally rip a giant hole in whatever i'm sewing in order to get it out rather than try and figure out a better alternative.... After i calm down i give the whole bobbin mechanism a good spray with some canned air and it tends to behave. For the most part anyway.
I know that isn't much help, but cleaning it up a bit can make a pretty big difference.
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008 02:42:15 PM »

This happened to me the other day - arrrggghhh - frustrating.  I suspected that it was the bobbin and spent ages pulling apart and cleaning the bobbin and its mechanics helped, nor did changing the bobbin, but when I changed the bobbin I used and different colour and found that that was not the problem and that it was the top thread getting all chewed up. My problem was with the tension.
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2008 02:44:12 PM »

Are you using Walmart thread??  That always happens to me when I use junk thread.  Dump it and get the good stuff!
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hawtmamah
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2008 03:01:48 PM »

Ohhh you all rock. ok, so i took everything out and rethreaded everything, bobbin and all. i set the tension to 4, which turned out to be perfect. i also figured out that i wasn't holding onto the thread as i was starting it all out, and it was tangling in itself (hence the jamming as soon as i touched the pedal)

i can't afford to take it in to get it checked out ATM but as soon as I can get it in to get cleaned and oiled i will definitely be doing that.

thanks SO much!!
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hawtmamah
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2008 03:45:22 PM »

Are you using Walmart thread??  That always happens to me when I use junk thread.  Dump it and get the good stuff!

LOL i have no idea if it's walmart thread or not- it came with the machine. I do plan on getting more as i only have the one spool of white. What brand do you recommend?
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2008 09:10:24 AM »

At the very least Coats & Clarks, Gutterman & Melita for fancy days/ items. Singer thread, Walmart brand thread and anything 'vintage' on a plastic spool with a price tag of 20 cents or cheaper should be avoided like the plague!
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