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Brother XL-2220 ND Sewing Machine. When I lower the foot onto the material it isnt holding it. The rod that holds the foot is loose and twists either way. Please help

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Got a machine handed down to me from my grandmother but she didn't teach me how to thread it. can some one please help me?

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Pressure foot wont go fully down


The pressure foot is only made to push down on the material, not the feed dogs. If you put it too low it will destroy the feed dogs and the pressure foot as well as the material.
1. To adjust, lower the pressure of the pressure foot as much as you can.
2. Place a thick piece of material under the foot. Turn the hand wheel until the feed dogs are up.
3. The pressure foot rod has a screw that holds it into place. You will adjust the rod by moving it up and down until there is a small amount of pressure on the material. Tighten the screw and try your machine without a needle to see if the material will move. Now, try other thicknesses of material. The rod may need to be slightly adjusted a small amount to get it "just right".
4. PUT IN NEEDLE AND CHECK FOR ALIGNMENT TO THE HOLE. (DANGER IF NOT ALIGNED).

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Bar that hold the sewing foot is loose


If the comment already posted did not answer your question, here is another thing to check. If the screw that attaches the foot and ankle to the presser foot bar is tight, and the foot can still be moved, it is likely that the presser foot bar has become loose within the lifting mechanism. You could save yourself some trouble by taking your machine to a sewing machine repair shop, but if you would rather avoid that expense, do the following. Remove the needle bar and take up mechanism cover on the left side of the machine. This is held on by a single phillips head screw on the back side of the machine, which, with the back of the machine facing you, should be on the top right side of the machine. Once this cover is removed you will be able to see two vertical metal shafts, one is attached to your needle clamp and needle, and should be in the front. The other is the presser foot bar, and will be behind the needle bar. There should be a small allen screw about halfway up that shaft that tightens onto the bar. With the presser foot properly positioned on the needle plate, tighten this allen screw. Don't tighten the screw too tightly, as this can damage the presser bar, just make sure it's nice and snug. Make sure the presser foot raises and lowers properly, and re-attach the needle bar cover.
Hope this helps.

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The presser foot on the brother xl-5130 has fallen off


please send me a picture and I will gladly assist you with all the help you may need ;)

Nov 20, 2013 | Brother XL-5130 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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The needle of my sewing machine is not aligned..it is out of place and keeps hitting presser foot instead of going in the hole..any suggestions? it seems to get aligned and going in the hole if i pull...


This unit has a 2 year back to base warranty.

Try removing and replacing the needle.

Unfortunately machines with predominately plastic frames are prone to misalignment that even professionals will not bother repairing because it will re-occur quickly (I have been told).

Check that the arm is in place as it should be. and the needle is not bent.

The user guide may also provide more information, check here for replacement parts and further info.

http://www.brother.ie/prod/products/sewingembroidery/sewingmachines/xl2220.htm/s_detailType/downloads

May 02, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Suddenly my brother xl-2220 is sewing strangely! The top stich is fine, no tensio issues, but when I look at the bottom stitch it isn't right! The stitch is very loose and looks like the pattern a snake...


totally rethread, and do this test, rethread with the presser foot up, pull the thread it should feed smoothly, now lower the presser foot, pull thread, it should barely move. This will seat your thread in the tension discs, Also, don't be afraid to change your needle often.

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How to adjust the tension of the presser foot on a brother sewing machine model ls-2220? I am trying to lighten the pressure of the presser foot for machine quilting.


You are not actually able to adjust the presser foot. For quilting you should pick up a "free motion" foot pedal made specifically for that. They run on e-bay for roughly $10-$20. Make sure you get one that fits your type of machine.

Dec 21, 2010 | Brother LS-2220 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I place the fabric on the machine, lower the foot and apply pressure to the foot peddle, when the machine begins to sew fabric is pulled down and the lower thread tangles, the machine make a crunching...


This is easily solved. Before you start sewing make sure your upper and lower threads are long enough for you to hold before lowering the presser foot. If these threads are too short they both get carried down into the bobbin along with the fabric and cause a big tangled mess. Always hold your threads at the back of your work with your left hand then lower your pressure foot and don't release the threads untill you have taken several stitches. Keep holding these threads during backstitching at the beggining of a seam too. Works like magic.

Dec 21, 2010 | Brother XL-3500

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Can not get the brother XL2600i to stitch the top thread does not catch the thread coming out of the bobbin. so it does not stitch


Make sure the needle has been properly installed - flat side to the back of the machine.

Thread the top thread with the presser foot up - always.

Make sure the bobbin thread is feeding from the bobbin spool in the correct direction and through the correct guides.

Hold onto the thread tail at the needle and lower (by hand and not the power pedal) and raise the needle to pull the bobbin thread to the top of the machine.

Take both thread tails under the presser foot and to the back of the machine before you begin to sew.

Feb 18, 2010 | Brother XL-2600I

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Neddle screw wont tighten neddle in


There is a small metal rod about 1/2" long that fits into the hold in front of the screw that holds the needle secure. I didn't realize that I had dropped the rod until I could not tighten the needle. I found the rod, put it into the hole and was able to tighen the needle.

Jun 22, 2009 | Brother XL-5130 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Missing part of sewing machine


That should be your foot I'm guessing?!? The machine should have come with several?!? Like, a zipper foot, button hole foot etc. Mine (Janome SX 2122) are stored in my machine, in the top section where you load the thread. , you can use one of the others. Mine also has a spare basic foot...have a look and see if it's there either in or with your machine or with some of the extra parts it should have come with (may run into troubles if it's second-hand though...as you may not even have all of the parts)...if you don't have a basic foot you can often just use one of the other feet (like a zipper foot or something), which may not quite hold the material down, depending on what you're sewing, at least until you get a chance to get another basic foot...which you can get from any store that sells material or sewing machines. Hope that helps :)

Feb 18, 2009 | Brother Sewing Machines

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