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Sews straight when on zigzag

My machine won't sew a zig zag when set on the zig zag setting. It will sew straight then thrown in a random zig zag here or there. And now it won't pick up the bobbin thread while sewing.....I re-threaded both threads, checked tensions, and checked for lint...any other suggestions?

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It's possible the zig zag gear or cam could be worn or damaged
and the machine should be checked to see for sure what's happened.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012

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    lovin_all Dec 05, 2012

    Thanks for your response. It turns out the timing was off. He said I could have caused if if I'm a "fabric puller" when sewing....which I am! $80 lesson learned

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I think whey a repair shop changed the bobbin assembly from the orginal one to a bobbins assembly made in Japan, I am going to have to put the old type back on if I have one or orger one from my friend Guy,

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Posted on Feb 13, 2010

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