Tip & How-To about White Sewing White 4400 Computerized Sewing Machine

A new user guide from a novice covering beginner errors

I had to find most of these out the hard way. I am a beginner myself, and this was a difficult machine to learn on. But here are common solutions to the most common problems.

-Machine makes a clunking noise, claims there is a thread error when there isn't, and refuses to work.
-Oil your machine! Oil is provided in the small white kit (pierce the tip with a needle for controlled flow), and the manual gives you specific points to place one drop of oil. Oil that baby up and it goes right back to work!

-Machine causes thread to bunch under the cloth.
- Three possible solutions. 1- Use more stabalizer. This machine does not like to work on light weight or stretchy materials. While making a design for a quilt, i had to triple my stabalier to get it to work. 2- Use a different type of bobbin thread. I used the normal walmart kind of polyester everyday thread, and I hardly got it to work. Now i have a polyester thread that is super soft and much thinner, designed for embroidery. Works like a dream. 3- Make absolutely sure that your presser foot is UP when you thread your machine. I didn't think this would be such a big deal but it really is. Proper threading is 3/4 of my personal errors.

-Machine causes bobbin thread to show on top
- Two solutions. 1- Your bobbin is not threaded properly, and is most likely backwards. 2- your tension is too high. For most fabrics I use only a 4 or maybe 5 max.

Most of these errors are covered obscurely in the manual. Experiment a little and go through your manual again. If you can find your book manual, there is another copy on .pdf on your driver disk you can read or print. I haven't found a copy online, but I hope to post one soon.
This machine has been very frustrating to learn on. But hang in there! All machines have quirks, and this one needs maintenance more often than most. But it's versatility makes it worth the effort.

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