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« on: October 05, 2008 04:45:24 PM »

I have a very old very temperamental sewing machine  Smiley

Today it pulled a new trick on me!  I'm trying to sew a zigzag stitch, and it's coming out as a straight line with only one or two "zigs" in it (on a 6" or so seam).  The needle is going back and forth fine, but for some reason the thread isn't catching on the left side.

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2008 06:56:19 PM »

* Tension is a big culprit, it may be too tight on top or on bottom or both.
* The fabric you are sewing could be to blame, if it's thick (or thicker than the last thing you sewed) it could be preventing good contact.
* It could be dirty underneath. It never hurts to clean it out anyway.
* Combined with the above is the posibility of too short a stitch length, sometimes setting it longer helps some too.
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