Hi, I am in the middle of a charity project, trying to make 100 potholders by Friday. My bobbin thread ran out so I filled it, now I can't tighten the stop motion knob back up. When I turn it to try and tighten it, it just moves the needle up and down. Doesn't seem to be engaging in anything that will tighten.
I saw your other responses but can't figure them out for my machine (an old Wards Signature). I haven't sewn in awhile, but I seem to recall having this problem in the past and there is a simple trick to fix it, but can't remember what!
There isn't any screw in the little screw hole on the stop motion knob, but I couldn't find one that had fallen out and the machine was working just fine before the bobbin thread ran out.
The potholders are for Meals on Wheels, and they really need them so I want to help them. Can you help me?
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Re: stop motion knob won't tighten
Remove the stop motion wheel and you will see another part that is loose(looks kind of like a washer with ears on it). Reposition this on the shaft and put the stop motion wheel back on. The stop motion wheel was too loose and it allowed the washer to fall off the shaft. The screw is nice to have and it keeps the washer from falling off the shaft but it's not absolutely necessary to use the machine. Just be caredul when winding the bobbin. sewman7
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Every machine is different, so it really depends on your particular machine. Generally, tension for regular sewing is correct when the top and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric. It's pretty much the same for FMQ, although the bobbin thread probably should not show on the top of the sandwich. . In order to do that, I have adjusted a separate bobbin case with a slightly tighter tension that I use only for FMQ. (FWIW, extra bobbin cases are usually not that expensive and it is very nice to have one on hand that is set up and ready to go at any time.) It helps to use the same color thread in the bobbin as the top so any appearance of thread on the other side will blend into the stitching.
Practice, practice, practice on scrap sandwiches before trying it on your project! Creating muscle memory is the secret to good FMQ and the only solution is lots of practice. If you can't practice stitching, then draw on whiteboards, paper, computer, whatever as long as you can practice smooth, consistent line drawing.
You can quilt with pretty much any sewing machine. But, are you asking about piecing quilts or free motion quilting? You should be able to do both but they are very different projects and require a lot of different settings and accessories. Tension is correct when the top and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric being sewn. Tightening or loosening the top tension should help achieve that.
Adjust the tension the same way as sewing regular projects. You want the top and bobbin threads to meet in the middle of the quilt sandwich. When quilting, I use a lighter weight thread so I have a separate bobbin case whose tension has been tightened specifically for quilting. For other sewing projects using a standard thread weight, I use a bobbin case that is factory set and then adjust the top thread tension for each project.
Sounds like the upper tension needs to be tightened, or the bobbin thread needs to be loosened. At any rate, the tension is correct when the two threads meet in the middle of the fabric for general sewing.
For free motion quilting, the tension should be adjusted so that the bobbin thread does not show on the top of the fabric, however, it should not lay in a straight line like it sounds like it may appear currently. What you are currently producing is a gathering stitch where the bobbin thread can be easily pulled.
Look carefully for thread caught around and under the knob. If you can't get it to turn and find no reason why it won't, you can probably delay fixing it until the next time it's due for its yearly "tuneup" (COA, clean/oil/lubricate) by taking the needle out before you wind a bobbin.
If you mean the Singer Style Mate 347, open the face plate and remove the old bobbin. Then, the first step is to hold the hand wheel and loosen the stop-motion screw inside the hand wheel. (Keep the hand wheel from turning with one hand and turn the stop-motion screw towards the front of the machine.) Place your empty bobbin (hole away from the machine) on the spindle near the bobbin winder switch. Feed the thread from the spool on the spool pin through the eyelet on the top of the machine (near the top thread take up) and then down to and around the bobbin tension disc below the on-off power switch. Pass the thread through from the inside of the bobbin to the outside of the bobbin. Move the bobbin winder switch to On and hold onto the end of the thread. Start the machine and let a few winds get placed on the bobbin then stop for a minute. Cut the thread near the bobbin. Restart and continue winding more thread onto the bobbin until you have enough thread or the bobbin is full (it will stop automatically). Move the bobbin winder switch to off and tighten the stop-motion screw.
1 Release the stop-motion knob on the right side of the sewing machine by turning it oward you.2 Place a spool of thread of your choice on the spool pin located toward the back of the sewing machine.3 Pull thread from the spool through the threading knob on the top of the machine.4 Pull 2 to 3 inches of thread through one of the holes on the bobbin. Hand-wrap thread around the bobbin in an anti-clockwise direction five or six times.5 Place the wrapped bobbin on the bobbin spindle.6 Push the winder spindle to the right, against the stopper, and depress the foot pedal to begin winding.7 Wind bobbin until completed, then return winder spindle to its original position.8 Tighten the stop-motion knob.
In the middle of the stop motion screw wheel there is a screw, undo the screw and unscrew the stop motion wheel all the way off, you will now see a three pronged washer, take it off and put it in a different position, put the stop motion wheel back on and just tighten finger tight, tighten the small screw all the way, now loosen the stop motion wheel and press on the foot control gently, the balance wheel should move with moving the machine, if the machine turns then start over again, you can put the three pronged washer upside down if you wish.
Check between the tension disc, sometimes you can get a piece of thread caught in that and it prevents it from tightening down and making a good stitch. Also, make sure that your presser foot is in the up position when you thread your machine.
First easy thing to check, are you using the correct length needle.
If this is not the problem then somehow the needle bar has moved and the the needle depth is to high or the timing is wrong..
Unless you really know what you are doing then I am afraid a sewing machine tech needs to reset the needle depth and subsequently the timing.