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The machine will run nicely for a very brief time, then the squealing begins. It does sew nice seams, but this noise is not right.

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If you have a manual check and see if the machine can be oiled
if the manual doesn't say, contact brother customer service
and ask them.
or you can take the machine back and get another one and see
if getting another one is better

Posted on Nov 07, 2012


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Making an elastic waistband? How to.


There is more than one way. This is an easy way to make an elastic waistband on mid to lightweight fabric.
Begin by measuring the waist diameter and subtracting 2" from the measurement.
An easy way to make an elastic waistband is to sew the ends of the elastic together, creating a loop with the elastic. Be sure there are no twists in the elastic before sewing the ends together.
Fold the elastic in half using the seam as one edge and mark the other side with a pin. Fold the elastic in half again and mark the two other folds.
Your elastic should now have 3 pins and the seam quarting the circle.
Hopefully your pants have a center, back and two side seams, making the next step easy. If not, fold and mark the front back and sides like you just did with the elastic.
You're now ready to pin the elastic to the OUTSIDE of the pants. Line up the edges of the fabric and elastic. Match the marks on the elastic to those on the pants and pin them together.
Using a quarter inch seam, stretch the elastic between the pins/quarter marks and sew it in place.
IF your machine has a lightening stitch, use that. If not a zigzag stitch will wear better than a straight stitch, which will also work but may snap if used on a stretchy fabric.
After you have attached the elastic fold it to the "inside" of the pants taking care not to fold or bend the elastic. You have just created a nice finished top edge to your pants!
Giving the elastic a stretch so it fits the fabric, pin the front, back and sides like you did before, making sure to pin the lower edge of the elastic.
Stretching the elastic to make it fit the pants, stitch the lower edge close to the edge, again with a stretchy stitch if possible.
Next stitch the top close to the edge from the front. (I know it's already attached, but this will keep the top looking nice.) 1/8" looks nice, but just make sure your distance to the edge is consistant.
Sit back and admire your handy work! You've now got the elastic sewn on and there are no exposed raw edges.

If you are working with a heavier fabric let me know and I can explain how to make a casing for the elastic. The kind you thread the elastic through.

Aug 14, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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I have a white 742 sewing machine and want to know if I can sew blue jeans or leather on it. How high will the presser foot raise for a thickness

If you have a machine similar to the one shown in this video, your machine can most certainly sew denim. (You may need to go slowly and use a heavy needle, and if the machine is struggling to stitch through the heavy fabric, give it a little assist by turning the handwheel.)

It may be older, but this is a nice mechanical machine and should be able to do a lot more sewing than the newer machines you find now days. Just be sure to use a fresh, good quality sewing machine oil and oil it frequently (1-2 drops each spot) every time you start a new project, or at least every 6 months when not in use. (Old oil will tend to dry out and turn to glue over a period of time.) Do NOT oil the belts or any plastic/synthetic parts. But hitting every place that metal rubs on metal. Don't forget to do the mechanism around the feed dogs, etc.
Oiling Vintage Sewing Machines Part 1

This manual may be helpful although it is not your model.

The following may be helpful for sewing denim:
Sewing Denim like Pro All the known Tips and Tricks plus some more Serger...

How To Sew With Denim

When you get to a thick seam, make a "booster" for your presser foot that will raise the back of the presser foot to help keep it level while going over the heavy seam.


Aug 31, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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My singer futura starts sewing then beeps stopping and the begins again. Takes forever to sew a seam. Have re threaded and changed bobbin. Sews nicely when it sews. Any suggestions

Sounds like a sensor has gone bad. It can be fixed by a local repair shop. I'd get it in ASAP, since getting parts are a problem for Singers.

Feb 19, 2015 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Correct settings for 804dsp serger to sew a sweater.

Are you wanting to use the serger to sew a hand knitted sweater together? or do you mean a sweat shirt knit or other knit fabric. If it is the first option, I'd say don't bother, as you can't do it with the blades working because it will cut your knitting and the wool will unravel in the seams.

If it is the second option then I would start with the following settings.

Four thread stitch, so both needles and the upper and lower loopers threaded. Set tension on all four dials to 5, stitch length to between 2 and 3, and differential on zero. Move the cutting blade over to the right for a wider seam. Now test stitch on some fabric scraps double layer and see what the seam is looking like.

Now you want to adjust a couple of things: firstly width of the seam. Is it the size you want? If you'd like it a little narrower, then adjust the cutting blade back a little to the left to narrow the seam slightly - just depends on the fabric weight. For example if it is a loose open weave like boucle you would want a wide seam to make sure it holds the fibres fully.

Now you can adjust the upper and lower loopers to get the thread wrapping around the edge looking nice. Look at the seam and the fabric inside it. Is it tunnelling and pulling up the fabric? if so, release tension on both loopers a half number to put more thread into the seam. Test stitch again and see if the loopers are meeting nicely on the cut edge of the fabric. Upper and lower looper threads should be meeting right on the cut edge so if this isn't happening and one showing on the other side, then tighten the looser one by half a number and test again.

If the threads are hanging off the edge then you have the choice of moving the blade to the right to cut less fabric off, or tightening up the looper tensions to pull in the thread.

That's it, hope this helps you to master your serger.

If you'd like some images and further explanations of other stitching you can do with your overlocker, then Debbie Coswell has some great information on line at, just search "overlocker" to find the specific pages.

Good luck

Oct 11, 2011 | Simplicity Serge Pro SW432 Mechanical...

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I am trying to do a flatlock seam. It is so tight that I cannot open it.

Flat lock is done with only three threads so unthread the right hand needle, then you need to turn down the tension on the left needle, as this is the part of the seam that needs to pull open when you pull the two pieces of fabric apart. You may need to move the cutting blade hard left too as you need to minimise the amount of fabric that will lie inside the flat lock.

You then seam and pull open the seam to get the flat lock look. A flat lock gives two different looks on each side of the fabric, the ladder on one side is nice on lingerie as you can run a ribbon up through it like an eyelet. The other side looks like on sweatshirting as a seam finish.

Aug 13, 2011 | Baby Lock Imagine

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I do not have a problem with the machine. I am curious about the plate numbers. On an american sewing machine, the plate the fabric feeds through, normal have 1/4, 5/8, etc. On the Euro Pro Denim Model ...

So an American machine has imperial seam guides on the needle plate.

But the Euro Pro would be European and in metric so it has seam guides in metric widths, i.e. millimetres. 10 will be 10 millimetres, or 1 centimetre, 16 mm, 22mm.

A normal seam in metric is 15mm - in your land 5/8", the two are not quite the same but pretty close. This link gives you a converter between the two systems.

A 1/4" is your standard piecing seam for the quilters and this is why many Australian quilters will buy a 1/4" foot so they can guide the fabric along the foot edge to get nice standard seams.

So you could break out some masking tape and a metric/imperial ruler and measure from the needle to the right and put a strip of tape onto your needle plate to mark your 5/8" dimension you are used to. Or use the 16mm seam marking which is very close anyway.

Hope this helps.

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Will not pick up bobbin thread. problem begin after sewing sticky velcro to material. needle started hitting on botton of bobbin area. i adjusted needle bar but it still will not sew.

I would try cleaning the area with some alcohal on a cotton swab and change needle. You may have caused a problem with your timing, I hope not because you will need it to be set again by your authorized center. I know there are directions on the internet but I would rather make sure that it is done right,and knock out your warranty. You have a nice machine.

Sep 26, 2010 | Singer Curvy 8770 Electronic Sewing...

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How do you prevent pfaff sewing machines from eating up the fabric at the begin of every seam? do you have to start in an 1/8 inch each time you start a seam, or can you start a seam right at the edge of...

This happens with other brands as well.

Hold on to the threads behind the presser foot and hand walk the first two or three stitches.

Some like to use a leader/spider.

Fold a scrap and stitch to the edge and then **** with the fabric you want to sew.

Remove the leader and use over and over and soon the leader threads will resemble a "spider".

Mar 09, 2010 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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Squealing noise from the right side of the machine when begin sewing

sounds like it needs to be cleaned. check the belt first.

May 24, 2009 | New Home Sewing Machines

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Noisy bobbin

Is it the correct size bobbin?
If you have spare bobbins do they all make a noise?

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