My daughter and her friend have brothers bm2600 and I am teacher them to sew I can not get the zig zag stich to work on either machine. The bobbon works well it is the top that is not working can you please tell me how to fix this as the instructions in the book are not clear.
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Re: want zigzag on top
Here is a download manual and page with some troubleshooting advise, for the ls-1217 look about the site and you may find Manual http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/us/us_ot/en/doc/manual_top.html?reg=us&c=us_ot&lang=en&prod=hf_ls1217eus
Troubleshooting (this may prove more helpful than the manual) http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/us/us_ot/en/faq/faq_top.html?reg=us&c=us_ot&lang=en&prod=hf_ls1217eus
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I can't tell whether you mean straight stitching and then turning your work 180 degrees to stitch atop the straight stitches in zig-zag, or continuing around the corner of your straight stitched side using zig-zag. But you can do either. You can mix up straight and zig-zag stitching at will.
Just ease up to a stop, ensuring the needle is positioned down inside the work when you stop.
Lift the foot.
Adjust to your desired stitch setting.
Lower the foot.
Turn the wheel toward you manually to ensure the stitches will be placed where you want them, and
Slowly engage the power again (via foot or thigh lever).
FIRST > Make sure your bobbin case is threaded correctly...
NEXT For normal straight sewing the top tension should be around 5, for zigzag or satin stitch you need to lower your upper thread tension a bit. Try it at 4, if it still pulls your bottom thread to the top try it at 3 etc...
The loopy stitching is usually do to threading the machine with the presser foot down.
Raise the presser foot and re-thread or pull about 8" of thread through the needle and see if the loopy stitches go away.
This may also be the issue with the zig-zag stitch.
When the machine is threaded with the presser foot down, the tension is closed and the thread cannot enter as it should for the tension to control the flow of thread to the needle. The thread then feeds too fast and the stitching is distorted.