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Designer 1 I have not used my Designer 1 for several years,but as I remember it was working fine last time I used it. I got it out 8 days ago,along with my books, set it all up and wanted to do some test embroidery stitches and it will not work. The thread bunches up under my work in one spot,will not move. I took the embroidery unit off the machine,and started at the begining to make sure the machine works. It does all the basic utility stitches correctly,I tried to do a pictorial? the bear (not the embroidery bear) and it did the bear correctly the first time, but after that every bear I did was different, the finish postition seemed to move and after 2 or 3 bears the head was completly off the body? I did try the dolphen and it did not go to the finish postition on the first try,but every dolphen I made (3) seemed to be the same. So I went back to the embroidery and tried that again and again I could not do any actual embroidery designs. The thread just bunches up under the fabric. I tried with a medium tear away stablizer and muslin, light weight tear away stablizer and muslin,and fusable batting (about 1/16" thick) and muslin,got the same results with each. Can anyone tell me what might be going on,or what I need to do to correct this problem? I am sure it is a user problem not the machine. Thanks.

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After 8 years of sitting, the machine needs to go to the shop so that areas that are inaccessabe to the sewer can be cleaned and serviced by the tech. also check the upper threading of the machine. the tension is changed if threaded incorrectly. bunching under the material is caused by several different reasons. I would first have the machine cleaned and serviced by the tech, and let them know it has been 8 years since use. we all begin walking by taking one step at a time.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007

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