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Unread 12-03-2012, 01:53 AM   #1
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Why is it doing this?!

I've been making pillows and all is smooth sailing until... THIS.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING.

normal in the front;



AND THEN THE BACK HATES ME TTATT;




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Unread 12-03-2012, 02:04 AM   #2
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Your photo links don't work. Those URLs are attempting to access attachments on emails, which are password-protected in your email account. You need to upload those photos to a public photo sharing service, like Photobucket.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 02:13 AM   #3
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Thank you for the head's up. It's been fixed.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 07:26 AM   #4
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More than likely the thread has gotten off track somewhere, but there may be some schmutz gunking up the process somewhere too. Do the following, because 90% of the time this fixes whatever issue you are having with your machine. After this cleaning test on practice fabric first.

Take the spool completely off the machine
Take the bobbin out
take a cotton swab & run it over your machine where the thread runs from the spool to the needle.
DO NOT FORCE that cotton swab anywhere!(namely in behind the tension spring) static will grab dust bunnies from hidden corners like magic for you.
Remove the sole plate*.(this usually requires a small screwdriver, that hopefully came with your machine)
remove the bobbin (if you have one)
Remove the bobbin race*. Run the cotton swab around where it sits. it will be a tad greasy, this is ok.
Run a fresh cotton swab around the bobbin race itself (that part in your hand), check for little bits of thread stuck under the tension spring**.
If you get cotton or there is thread under the tension spring, use a piece of paper to push it out. DO NOT force anything bigger under that very delicate spring.
put all the pieces back together.
*** if your machine is the type that needs oil applied by the user, do it now (some computer operated machines are pro-oiled only)***
Re-thread the machine.
grab some scrap fabric and sew a bit. if you oiled sew a lot.

* should be a diagram pointing out these parts in your manual. don't have one? google it, most older machines' manuals have been uploaded to the web.

** doesn't look like a spring, it's that silver metal very flat piece that curves around the outside of the bobbin or bobbin race.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 03:26 PM   #5
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either needs to be cleaned like the above mentioned, or your tension might be off, either the thread tension or the bobbin tension, make sure you're using the right bobbins for your machine too... this often happens when I come across one of my Kenmore bobbins that look exactly like my Singer ones, but the machine can tell the difference...
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Check the thread tension first, then what you're actually sewing. If the machine is having a hard time moving the material through the feed dogs, it can slow down the sewing process and allow the bobbin to come loose and catch on itself. I have this problem when sewing anything that is too thick for my machine, or sticks to the foot or feed dogs.
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I'm sorry to hear that and I'm also quite sorry that I can't see the pictures.
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Unread 12-06-2012, 12:16 PM   #8
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i yelled and begged at/to the sewing machine.
it started working again.

it hates me.

but next time it happens, i'll try out the suggestions, thank you
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Unread 12-08-2012, 09:44 AM   #9
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i yelled and begged at/to the sewing machine.
it started working again.

it hates me.

but next time it happens, I'll try out the suggestions, thank you
There is a fiction novel titled Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, my father insisted I read it when I learned how to drive. It's a story of two couples going on a cross country motorcycle trip. The underlying theme of the book is, because machines are made by man, they reflect the personality of the man who designed them. But, as they are still inanimate objects, they are incapable of emotion. It did, indeed, make a difference in how I think about issues with machines of all types when they are not functioning in the prescribed/ desired manner.
So, yelling at your sewing machine when it doesn't work is pretty normal, but at the same time ineffective. I tend to yell at my computer far more than my sewing machine. I understand my sewing machine, I don't understand my computer.
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