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I have a Brother LS-17. The manual is incomprehensible to me. I have been using a straight stitch, & 3/4 of the way through my project, the machine started to use a zigzag stitch stuck in one place. I am just about to throw it out the window & go back to my simple old 1923 Singer.

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Here is the cust. support for that machine from the manf.
I was quite impressed at how helpful it is.

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/us_ot/en/model_top/HomeSewingMachine/hf_ls1217eus.html?reg=us&c=us_ot&lang=en&prod=hf_ls1217eus

I hope this helps you as well!

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Model LS-2125i..How do I access the bobbin


Make sure that the needle is fully up first and raise the presser foot. To access the bobbin, you need to remove the flat bed attachment that is at the front of the machine. This just rotates up and off the machine. Next rotate the shuttle cover down from the top of the cover. Now you can pull out the bobbin case towards you by the latch. This piece goes across the center of the bobbin case and to the right. Now you can remove an empty bobbin (if needed) and put the wound bobbin into the bobbin case to replace the bobbin.

For this procedure, the pictures in the manual may be clearer than the written description. See pages 14 and 15 (16 and 17 for the PDF) in the manual. Brother currently has the manual here: http://www.brother-usa.com/VirData/Content/en-US/HAD/Consumer/UsersManual/UM_LS_2125i_EN_1628.PDF . The LS-2125i support is here: http://www.brother-usa.com/support/ModelInfo.aspx?R3ModelID=LS2125i . Click on the Manuals & Documents page. Most Brother manuals and other documents can be found by searching here: http://www.brother-usa.com/Support/ .

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

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Need to know what the knobs are for


Are you sure that it's a Singer LS-1217? I can't find any model with 1217 on the Singer site.

The Brother LS-1217 manual is available here: http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/eu/eu_ot/en/doc/manual_top.html?reg=eu&c=eu_ot&lang=en&prod=hf_ls1217euk . The direct link to the English version of the manual is http://download.brother.com/welcome/doch000000/ls12171217b13171417ug01enesfrpt.pdf . There are only a few knobs on most machines. On the front near the needle is the Needle Thread Tension knob. If you use contrasting colors (different top, bobbin and fabric colors), you might see a straight stitch where the top thread is visible on the bottom of the fabric for example. Adjust the tension to get both the top and bobbin threads meeting in the middle of the fabric layers. (Increase the needle thread tension - rotate to a higher number but go in 0.5 increments.)

Then you have near the motor area the stitch width and length knobs. The width is only for zigzag stitches. A long stitch length is good for a temporary seam (like basting in a zipper or hem) before you finish that area. However, the width and length should be adjusted depending on the fabric. A fine fabric needs a smaller stitch, usually. The knob on the right side of the machine is the balance wheel (or hand wheel). This adjusts the needle height so that you can have the needle out of the way while changing the bobbin, for example.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(I use the Singer Sewing Book as a reference for tension issues.)

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Pattern selection dial


take the machine back & get another one

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My Brother LS-2125 does not stitch forward - only in reverse.


What stitch selection have you made, anything to do with the buttonhole? If, so make sure that you let it go through the cycle then, pick a straight stitch pattern with a longer stitch length. You can also go online to brother-usa.com and see if there are any other suggestions

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I used the zig zag stitch for a project but now I am unable to return to a straight stitch.


make sure that the needle is in the UP position, and then try that, say if you have a 0 to 5 then set it back to o

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How do I change the stiches?


The brother website has a users manual for it that can be downloaded. Use this link to get it:

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/us/us/en/doc/manual_index.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=hf_ls2125eus&type2=5&flang=English&dlid=

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