Machine Faults - Checklist

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Post by Resse » Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:21 am

I am having machine problems!!!

While I am sewing straight stitch, my needle will all of a sudden jam up against something solid, and bend as if it is going to break!! It happens both forwards and reverse sewing!

It looks as if it is hitting the solid metal of the feeder under the pressure foot. I hope this is something that can be fixed easily??

Does anyone know why this is happening and how it can be fixed?
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Post by sable » Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:55 am

1st thing to check is always the bobbin area and under the feed dogs for fluff and threads. A stuck thread can jam the whole machine.
If that's ok and you've oiled the machine (unless it's a non-oil machine) I'd open anything you can in that area and see if you can tell what it's hitting by gently turning the hand wheel.
If it's hitting something metal then you're timing is way off and she needs a service.
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Post by Resse » Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:21 pm

Hi all!!
Have taken the machine apart and cleaned all the fluff and things away from the bobbin area. It now works beautifully!!!

Thanks for all your advice!
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Post by VanJeffery » Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:21 pm

Curious what kind of needle you gals use on your fleece. Ballpoint or something different?????? :?
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Post by Neak1 » Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:37 pm

I think most of us just use a universal needle. Thats all I use and haven't had any trouble :D
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Post by VanJeffery » Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:40 pm

Oh cool. My friend said she had to use a special needle so I was puzzled. Thanks for that - -universal is what I have! Cheers! :lol:
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Post by Resse » Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:04 pm

My machine is making 'birds nests' at the start of sewing!!!!

How do I fix this?? It looks terrible!!
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Post by Mira » Thu Feb 07, 2008 7:52 am

Hi everyone,

I found very useful info here when my machine was on the blink. It gives technical instructions in simple terms, and whether you can fix the issue or will need to take it in for servicing. It also has the test to see if your machine's timing is out.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/UnCatego ... imple.aspx

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Post by gramto9 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:25 am

Louise wrote:My machine has difficulty on thin microfleece fabric. It only starts moving once I yank it through. Also whenever I have it on zig-zag it does a couple of zig-zag stitches and then seems to skip and do a couple of straight stitch every now and then. Not very tidy or professional looking!!!

Also, my bobbin thread catches somehow so that each time I finish sewing and pull my material away from the machine to cut threads there are two threads on the bottom. What causes that?


If you hold the spool thread together with the bobbin thread and pull gently away from the foot it will help your machine start sewing. Thin microfleece sort of wants to be pulled down into the machine. You may need a smaller needle for this type of fabric.

When you finish sewing you need to turn the handwheel so that the needle is at the highest point so that the bobbin thread can be pulled out.

As for the skipped stitches the only advice I have is to make sure all the lint is cleaned out of the machine, the needle is the correct size and type and that the machine has been oiled if needed.

hope this helps

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Re: Machine Faults - Checklist

Post by Resse » Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:35 pm

Well here I go again with another problem!

When I do straight stitch, my stitches on the top are perfect - nice and even, all in a straight line etc... - perfect!!
Then I turn over and look at the back - ummmm.....stitches seem wobbly, loose and are certainly not straight!

Can anyone help me?
According the info in the first post on this thread, it could be something to do with the tension?
I am not sure how to change that - have a tension dial on the front of my machine, but not sure it that is for the top thread or the bottom?

it is a real pain, as I am doing some sewing for pressies as well as for swaps...hope it is an easy fix 8-[
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Re: Machine Faults - Checklist

Post by Natty » Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:44 pm

Resse wrote:Well here I go again with another problem!

When I do straight stitch, my stitches on the top are perfect - nice and even, all in a straight line etc... - perfect!!
Then I turn over and look at the back - ummmm.....stitches seem wobbly, loose and are certainly not straight!

Can anyone help me?
According the info in the first post on this thread, it could be something to do with the tension?
I am not sure how to change that - have a tension dial on the front of my machine, but not sure it that is for the top thread or the bottom?

it is a real pain, as I am doing some sewing for pressies as well as for swaps...hope it is an easy fix 8-[

Jon is awesome with figuring out stuff like that. Do you want me to get hm to pop in on his way home and sort it out for you? :D
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Re: Machine Faults - Checklist

Post by Resse » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:03 pm

Ummm.... can I let you know in a little while?
Just fiddling here to see if I can fix it... will let you know soon :D
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Re: Machine Faults - Checklist

Post by Natty » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:22 pm

Resse wrote:Ummm.... can I let you know in a little while?
Just fiddling here to see if I can fix it... will let you know soon :D

Yep :D
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Re: Machine Faults - Checklist

Post by Resse » Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:12 pm

Righto.. I have just cleaned all around the bobbin area etc.. and changed the needle.

Not completely solved, but looking better already.
I think I'll leave Jon for tonight Nat, let him get home to his lovely family :D

If I am getting desperate next week, I will make sure to get hold of you. Thanks for the offer :D

Did you have the same sort of problems with your machine? Did Jon solve the problem? and what was the problem?
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