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Puckered seams :-(

It seams my bobbin threat is to tight. The bottom fabric layer is puckering not the top. I'm not sure how to adjust it. I have tried fiddeling around with the top tention nothing changes except the way the thread look from the top the bottom thread stays very tight. I took the casing off and cleaned all around and nothing,... I also tried turning the front screw on the bobbin casing 1/4 turn to the left...thinking lefty lossy haha. I hope you can help me Thanks! Could it be the feed dogs maybe? I miss my old machine! Cindy

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SOURCE: Fabric not feeding and jamming occurs

When this happens it is because the thread tension was not right so it gets stuck under the bobbin case and the feed dogs. Use a bigger lint brush and take out the bobbin casing and clean out the shuttle. When you rethread pull slightly on the thread before you feed it through the needle. This will make sure the thread is properly in the tension discs.

Posted on Apr 09, 2007

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SOURCE: Bottom thread will not catch

Unplug the machine and remove the needle plate so that the bobbin case if fully exposed. Lift out the bobbin case and the cup that it sets in will be visible. Locate the "hook" on this cup. It is a finger with a sharp point at the upper edge of the cup. The hook is what grabs the thread from the needle while sewing.

  • Thread the needle.
  • Turn the handwheel by hand.
  • Watch the hook as it approaches the needle from right to left.
If the hook passes by the needle AFTER the eye of the needle is above it, you timing has slipped and the machine must be taken in for repair.
If the hook catches the thread from the needle, put everything back together and try threading again.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007

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SOURCE: kenmore 158.19141 help!!

I am working on one right now I am a sewing machine mechanic with and it looks like because it doubled as a blender in the 60's the timing gets thrown off quite often. So throw the 60's thread to the trash time it, oil it, THREAD it right, and it's purring for another round of daiquiris. Oh and along with the cheap thread it does not like cheap tequila. It has a good motor for thicker fabrics and also mudslides. Really do what I said and its off to happy hour you go. Happy Sewing and Happy Blending! Mine is running smooth waters now. Nice Machine ... kinda grows on you and makes you want to paint the world puke green. C.Slayton

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

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SOURCE: My kenmore 385 won't feed fabric

hi there check feed dogs are up not down mary h


Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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SOURCE: thread from the needle wraps around the bobbin case and knots

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Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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SOURCE: my needle thread keeps bunching and llooping on

If you getting loops on the bottom of your material, you need to re-thread the top of your machine. I say this because it is very rare when you will have to adjust the bobbin tension. But if you must, looking straight down at the bobbin as a clock- at 6:00 is the bobbin tension adjustment- lefty lucy, righty tighty. Hope this helps.

Make sure the needle is inserted in the machine properly- a good rule of thumb is the flat side of the needle should go to the opposite side of the last thread guide. Also make sure the machine is threaded correct
There is no standard tension for any machine to be set at. They start at four when they are brand new, however, after years and years the springs become compressed. You could start at four and then play around with it from there. If you are getting loops underneath the material, you are threading the machine incorrectly.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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Singer model 2638 puckers fabric when sewing straight stitch. Have to manually keep fabric taut behind needle to get anything accomplished. Why does this occur and how can it be fixed?

If the fabric is puckering when stitching, usually it is because the tension is too tight. You may need to loosen both the top and bobbin tensions.

Another time the problem occurs is when sewing fine fabric (like chiffon). The fabric does not have enough body to lay flat, so it puckers. You can utilize a stabilizer to help give the fabric body (washaway or tearaway stabilizer, or even use light-weight paper such as adding machine tape or even toilet tissue). Sometimes some spray starch is enough to help it lay flat.

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If the fabric is puckering when you sew, it is most likely because the thread tension is too tight. Make sure you are using a brand-new needle compatible with your fabric--using a 70 or 80 needle and a lighter weight thread may work better as a 90 or higher needle is big enough that it can stretch the fabric before penetrating it, causing puckering.. Puckering also occurs more frequently when sewing light-weight fabrics and may necessitate using a walking foot or a stabilizer to help give the fabric more body as it is stitched (wash-away stabilizer would probably be good when sewing washable fabrics). Another thing that may cause puckering is when the bobbin is wound at a fast speed. Slowing down when winding the bobbin will reduce the amount of stretch added to the bobbin thread. If it is stretched going onto the bobbin, it will shrink back up when it is stitched to your fabric. Also check whether your machine has a presser foot pressure adjustment. The pressure should be lighter when sewing finer fabrics, ie silk, and heavier when sewing thicker fabrics like wool or denim.

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Depends on why the seam is puckering. Read this:
Offhand, it sounds like you need to reset the top tension properly.
The top two photos here are the upper and underside of a single ply of muslin sewn with a balanced tension. The blue thread is on top, red in the bobbin: -- that will give you something to shoot for.

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My singer cg 590 c puckers when I zigzag and sometimes when I sew straight seams

a wide zig-zag on a light weight fabric single layer is almost guaranteed to pucker up, just because the thread is under tension and this is often stronger than the fabric being pulled together by the stitches.

However, if a straight seam is puckering, this could be caused by a blunt needle, too big needle, or too tight tension or too long stitch length. You should be able to vary some of these variables to reduce the puckering and improve the stitch appearance. Other things to check might be the top thread being caught up somewhere in the thread path and pulling on the stitching.

If I am finishing the cut edge of aa single layer of light weight fabric I would use a three step zigzag to hold the fabric firmly and neatly.

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My zig zag stitch is puckering fabric. I even went to the multiple zig zag, same problem. I decreased tension. What should I have double. Note: this was on single layer, along edge of fabric so I could...

Check the bobbin tension too. It could be too tight. Make sure you are using the right size needle for the material as well. Sheer, thin fabric needs a smaller needle, thicker material requires bigger needles. Bobbin tension is the typical problem as most think to adjust the top tension but don't check the bobbin tension.

Is your quilt peices cotton? Cotton shouldn't cause as much trouble sewing along the edge but don't use too long of a stitch length else it will seem to gather up. Puckering side to side however is a tension problem usually. With sheerer fabrics that cause a problem sometimes you can put thin paper underneath, sew through both and then pull the paper off after sewing. (thin like the iron on type interfacing type fabric but like paper).

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The bottom tension is too loose. If your bobbin is in a case there is a little screw on the side that will tighten the plates and increase the tension. Test your thread coming out of the case as you slowly make adjustments to the screw. A slight bit of resistance is what you want. If your sewing still puckers you may have to loosen the tension on the top. Sew on a scrap and go toward the smaller numbers to loosen the top tension until the stitches meet between the two layers of fabric.

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I found that sewing this type of fabric you should not have any pressure on the presser foot. and the top tension should be looser but note the tension before you adjust. and remember to make sure the needle is the right size for the fabric. and since wer are not to change the bottom tension because it always right?? then you may have to make the seam stitch longer good luck

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