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Stitches don't catch

The machine sews fine on cotton but does not catch on ultra suede.

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It sounds like it may be out of time just. I suggest you take it to a service center

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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The fabric I am sewing is very soft and therefore the stitch does not hold onto the material, works fine with cotton etc. What do I need to do to so the stitch is showing. Manual didn't help. Thanks


Hmm, right off the needle comes to mind. Have you tried a new needle? Sometimes a needle dulled on woven fabric will not work well on knits. If you are stitching a knit fabric, you may want to use a ballpoint or stretch stitch needle.

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Why needle is not catching the bobbin thread


All problems like this are caused by incorrect threading of the cotton thread. Even if you have done it before, thread the cotton using the instructions in the manual.

Also make sure the bottom bobbin and its housing are correctly inserted.

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I'm having problems with the stitches. The top looks fine while I'm sewing, but when I turn if over the stitches look loose. I've double checked multiple times that the machine is threaded correctly. ...


this is a Cotton tension problem either you have threaded it correctly if so then the tension wants adjusting, also check the tension on your shuttle by doing a drop test by holding the cotton tail that come from your shuttle if you jerk nit up and down the cotton that runs through the tension spring and it should just slip a little bit if it drops down to the floor then the centre small screw needs to be turned a little bit at a time to get the required tension as stated above, but don't worry your sewing m/c is ok, It's as I say a cotton tension problem.

good luck

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Jul 30, 2014 | PfaFF Tiptronic 2040

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Janome mylock 134d


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Make sure your tension is not to tight and that there is now fluff or cotton stuck in between your tension plates. I sometimes use a string of the stitch to pull in between the tension plates. I always set the needles tension first and then i balance the tension of the upper and lower looper.

Make sure the cotton are not looped around a guide. Black cotton and some cottons can build up their own tension. Try different cotton. I\'ve had many a headache with this problem.

Check that the needles are not blunt or bent. I always use schmetz needles. If your needle plate has any damage where the cotton can get hooked. Use a small file or sand paper to remove it. The stitch tongue must be very smooth and the stitch must slide of smoothly. Check that your lower looper point does not have a sharp hook on it. You can use a very fine water sand paper to remove it.

If your needles are touching the looper, i could indicate that your lower looper is out of position. *.*(Always check this with new needles)



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Rob



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Dec 30, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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I am trying to sew fleece fabric.I cannot get the stitches to bind.sew together.On cotton sewing fine.but on fleece not. help!!


you have to use a different needle on fleece than you do on cotton, look in the sewing machine manual and see which needle is suggested for your sewing machine and also if the tension needs to be adjusted.

Aug 21, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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The tension seems fine on my machine, but I sew so much ,then she skips her stiitches. Can anyone help?


This may be as simple as the type of needle that you are using or it may be the distance between the hook and the needle. Denser fabrics cause the thread to be held so tight against the needle that the hook can't catch the thread off of it. If you are working on a lycra fabric, us a stretch needle or something like ultra-suede use a microtex or sharps needle.If you look at the hook of the machine, rotate the handwheel until the tip of the hook is just behind the needle. At this position, the needle should almost touch the hook. If it is more than 1/2mm away, take it to an authorized dealer and have it adjusted. Also take your fabric, thread and needle so that they can see what you are experiencing.

Oct 29, 2011 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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I had my machine in the closet for 5 years and now need to sew a hem on my cotton pants. What should the settings be set at? Right now it is at a 4 and the stitch length is a 2 1/2. The thread is too...


If your machine has been stored for 5 years, you should give it a good clean and oil according to the manual before you do anything else. Then put in a new needle and wind a fresh bobbin, checking that the bobbin has been wound smoothly as a badly wound bobbin can cause poor tension and stitching from the bottom thread.

You want the thread to go from the spool through a tension disc or eyelet to the bobbin and keep some gentle tension onto the thread spool using your scissors handle or similar so that the thread winds off it smoothly and the spool doesn't bounce around. Also give the thread a nudge with your finger tip as it winds onto the bobbin so it fills evenly, top, middle and bottom, not all in the middle.

Are you wanting a straight stitch to sew around the hemline? If so, your stitch length is right, but stitch width should be zero. You don't say what knob is set to 4, if its your top tension then that should be close, usually between 4 and 6 if dial goes from zero to 10.

Which thread is too tight? top or bottom. Firstly check the threading path to ensure that the top thread isn't catching on anything, is through the take up lever properly and coming from the thread spool without catching there. Some thread spools have a little knick in the top where you can catch the thread to store it, but you dont' want the thread to catch here when seaming, so turn it around the other way on the spool so it can't.

Try test stitching a medium zig zag stitch on scrap fabric, and you'll be able to see if the bottom thread is pulling in or the top one, then adjust the tension dial a little to lessen this.

Hope these pointers help, if you can't get a good neat stitch after trying these things, then consider taking it for a clean and service, the technician can get inside and clean the machine thoroughly and also check for any other issues that might be there.

Apr 30, 2011 | Singer 57815 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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How do I do a stretch stitch?


The bes way to hem a t-shirt on a household machine is to use a double needle, straight stitch. You will see two straight stitches on top and zig zag on the back. Just make sure the zig zag catched the top of the hem.

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I have s Bernina deco 650 embrodiery machine and the stitches won't catch. I had this machine serviced before I moved from SD to an eastern state. It was sewing fine and just started making a noise like it...


Your timing is out in the bobbin area this will have to be reset, maybe the last time that you used it you had a cotton jam, and it was pulled out of alignment.

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