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« on: March 02, 2010 09:51:00 PM »

I have no explanation for this, and You may deem me crazy.  But tonight, I went over to my machine and tried to sew something.  I started a new spool of thread and filled a bobbin.  I threaded the machine, put in the bobbin, all like I have in the past, and then my stitches came out weird.  I was trying for a zig zag stitch and got THIS INSTEAD.

That is the stitch as it is on the FRONT of the fabric. 

This is the stitch on the underside of the fabric.

I can't figure it out.  I rethreaded the machine.  I used different thread.  I used different fabric.  I do NOT GET IT.

Does anyone have any idea?  Its a Brother machine this one specifically:  http://www.amazon.com/Brother-CS6000I-60-Stitch-Computerized-Functions/dp/B000JQM1DE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1267595393&sr=8-1

I've had it for about 3 months.  Is it a computer chip or something? am I losing my mind?  I think it might be that last thing.

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2010 09:38:01 AM »

That totally looks like your tension is set too high (or maybe too low... either way it looks like tension is the culprit).  My machine does weirdo stitches like that when the tension wheel has gotten knocked by one of the kids or cat or ghost or something.  Mine is a 35-year-old Bernina, but, even though yours is fancy and computerized, it looks like it still has a tension wheel at the top.

Or you could be losing your mind.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2010 10:41:05 AM »

I agree. It looks like your top thread tension is too high (so it's pulling the bobbin thread onto the top of the fabric). Your bobbin tension could also be too low I guess, but that's less likely to happen so I would try adjusting the top first.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2010 11:01:21 AM »

I agree with the first two ladies. Try changing the tension, step by step.
It could also be using the wrong kind of needle for this fabric, or the needle needs to be replaced.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2010 01:22:53 PM »

I've read it so many times that it rings in my head: first sign of stitching problem should warrant a needle change.  So simple but so true.  Completely remove both top and bobbin threads and rethread the machine.
Grab your scrap fabric and try sewing.  Any difference?  If not, start jacking with the tension but dial one notch at a time and look at the results. 
Hope the ghost in your machine leaves soon~!

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2010 08:28:02 PM »

I have a very similar Brother. When it begins to do this, take out the bobbin and examine it closely. Is it wound correctly?

Rethread the bottom, paying close attention that the thread is in every little nook on the machine. Sometimes not threading it in even just one spot can cause problems.

Rethread the top, looking for the same issues.

And yes, to second SkitzoLeezra, change your needle. Smiley

« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2010 07:56:37 AM »

You may have figured this out by now, but on my machine (a New Home) when the stitch starts messing up, I usually have a big glob of lint in the bobbin area.

Try running a thick thread thru the tension areas on top, and vacuuming  out the bobbin area.

Is this ok yet?


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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2010 08:57:11 PM »

reset the ten to 4 and see what happens...I was doing this and that was my fix...


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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2010 10:30:15 PM »

Bobbin tension. Had a similar problem before.

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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2010 02:49:42 PM »

I have just had the same thing happen, and it was really p-ing me off.  i was changing the needle/thread/tension/bobbin spool etc, all the things everyone has suggested.  my problem turned out to be a crack in the bobbin case, where you tighten the tension screw, so it wasn't working.  maybe check for a crack?  i also discovered my machine doesn't like the spool of beige thread  Tongue and was really slack sewing with it.

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