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No "Zig" to my "Zag"

All is fine when I sew a straight seam, but when I zig-zag . . . urk!
Bobbin thread is picked up fine on the left side of the motion (zig) but never picked up on the right side (zag). What's the deal?

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  • thekendall Jan 27, 2009

    Checked, re-checked, pulled apart (as much as was wise!), cleaned, oiled, re-threaded.

  • thekendall Mar 29, 2009

    All is as it should be - but the picture that Brother showed under the faq title "Why won't the machine pick up the bobbin thread?" showed single missed stitch. Imagine, if you will, a whole line of missed stitches.

    /\/\/\/\/\/\/\ is how it SHOULD look.

    ----~~~snarl--snarl------ is how it DOES look

    \

  • Michaelle
    Michaelle May 11, 2010

    ok.... let's do some more troubleshooting.
    Are you using the original bobbins, or universal?
    what size needle are you using?
    What type of fabric? and thread?
    Is the shuttle tight or loose (bobbin casing) ?
    what tension settings are you at?


  • Michaelle
    Michaelle May 11, 2010

    did you check the hook race? make sure there is no thread caught in it

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I Love the support Brother gives!
Here's what Brother says about the Zig zag issue.

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/ca/en/faq/faqh/000000/000000/000018/faqh000018_000.html?reg=us&lang=en&c=ca&prod=hf_xl5130eus&page=FaqEndPage

your manual (download)

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/ca/en/model_top/HomeSewingMachine/hf_xl5130eus.html?reg=us&c=ca&lang=en&prod=hf_xl5130eus

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

  • Michaelle
    Michaelle Jan 27, 2009

    I hope this helps!
    Let me know if I can walk you through it.


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