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Topic: Perfect seams when handcranking but a huge mess when using the foot  (Read 868 times)
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« on: August 28, 2011 11:09:45 AM »

Whenever I use my foot my seams come out all messed up and a huge jumbled mess on the bottom. So I've been handcranking my machine and they come out absolutely perfect. I don't understand why it's doing this. It's a fairly old Brother and most of the time it'll work great with the foot, but the rest of the time it does this. Any ideas on what I can do?

« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2011 02:55:11 PM »

New needle needed, wrong needle for the thread and fabric, lint in the bottom of the machine near the bobbin and feed dog. Check to make sure the feed dogs are completely up, some machines have feed dog setting that they are half way down for embroidery or darning and the setting when they are all the way down for free motion embroidery and basteing.

Sewing machines: Universal KAB, Kenmore 150 385.19150090, Brother XL-3125, Brother LS-2000

Combo sewing and embroidery machine: Brother SE270D

Sergers: Sergemate Companion 5040, Simplicity Serge Pro
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2011 09:36:45 AM »

Rethread your machine completely, including the bobbin.  Make sure your bobbin is correctly inserted in the bobbin holder and the thread is running through the tension guide.  Make sure you are using the right size needle fo the fabric, and that your needle is new or only has a few hours of sewing on it. 

Clean out the bobbin area and holder, paying special attention to where lint can build up and pack down.  You may also need to put a drop of oil in the bobbin area (check your owner's manual to find out where! Then run waste fabric through to clear up any excess oil). 

Once you have done the above, run fabric through your machine and check your tensions.  If you have a bobbin that is under the machine (as opposed to a drop-in bobbin) a simple test of bobbin tension is to thread the bobbin holder and, holding the thread give it a little jerk and see how far the bobbin assembly travels down the thread.  If the tension is good, it should only travel about 3-4 inches.  If the bobbin assembly travels a long way, tighten the tension, if it barely moves, or moves only an inch or two, loosen the tension.

Good luck.

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