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Sunbeam Portable sewing machine won't sew

After I thread the machine properly, the thread will not pull through. I have adjusted the tension many different ways and nothing helps. It feels like the thread is catching on something. It has sewn a few times, but it keeps getting caught up in the threading mechanism and breaking. Or just not pulling at all. I got it for Christmas 2012. It is brand new.

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  • Becky Corbin Jan 06, 2013

    Thanks for the answer. We tried it again yesterday and the little machine just sewed beautifully. No problems at all. So I'm wondering now if if just needed to be broke in? The thread may occasionally still break, but if we just rethread it it sews fine. Anyway I will close this question unless anyone else has any comments. thanks.

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If you definately have it threaded up properly, follow the thread all the way through the route of "threading up"there could easily be a bit which is catching, or try another thread I have found a lot of low quality threads about

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SOURCE: keeps cutting the thread from inside the machine

Make sure all of your threads are in between the tension dials. Sounds that the machine isn't catching because of the tension. Good Luck

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SOURCE: Tension dial on my sewing machine is not working

Hi, Liz. When you adjust your tension, be sure the pressure foot is down. The pressure foot needs to be up when you thread the machine so the thread will slip easily between the tension disks, but when you adjust the tension the disks have to be tight (pressure foot down).

There are other possibilities, but this is the best place to start running the problem down. Please let me know if this does the trick, ok, and if not, we can try something ele.


Happy Sewing


Robbie



Posted on Apr 01, 2010

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SOURCE: top thread keeps breaking

This sounds like a backwards needle. Take out the needle and when you re-insert it back in, make sure that put the flat side to the back.

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SOURCE: My brother LS-1520 sewing machine is having major tension problem

Try some metal bobbins, #15 or SA 156. that seems to help. If, you don't have a manual go to brother.com and download one for free

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