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Singer model 2638 will only straight stich all of a sudden

Was zig zagging just fine then it quit and will only straight stitch now. Anyone ever had this problem before and do you have a solution.

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  • angelinad Mar 11, 2009

    My singer 2638 won't do anything but straight stitch no matter what I set it to. Very frustrating. I changed the needle, oiled and cleaned the machine. Any tips?

  • Kim Blastow
    Kim Blastow Aug 07, 2015

    Did you ever find a solution to this problem besides changing the needle?

  • Kim Blastow
    Kim Blastow Aug 07, 2015

    Did you ever find a solution to this problem besides changing the needle?

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Try changing your needle. That is the most common cause for this. If you hit a pin or broke a needle, it could have been thrown out of time. Try changing the needle, that will in all likelihood correct the problem.

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try a new needle--one for the fabric being sewed

could be a problem with the cam that does the zig zag, you might need to have the machine checked

if your sewing with light weight fabric also try using stablizer

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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.
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my suggestion is take the machine in to a sewing machine shop
to be check to see if something inside is broken or come loose
knowing the machine is in good working order gives peace of mind
instead of wanting to through it out the window
and get a instruction manual
Go to the singer website for a free pdf manual
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Hi, I have a Juki ddl 552 that does not have te stich setting nob. I am wondring how can I change my stich seting? please help.


Here is a threading diagram for this industrial machine
http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams/Threading_Pages/Juki_Sewing_machine_threading/Juki_552_553_555_227_Threading_Diagram.htm

You can also buy a manual here
http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Manuals/Juki_Manuals/Juki_Industrial_Sewing_Machine_Manuals/227-552-553-555_Instruction_Manual.htm for this model.

I would have thought there would be some sort of screw or adjustment to control stitch length but I can't find an image for your model.
However this image might help, http://www.johnharbsew.com/images/threading/JUKI-DNU-241-TD.jpg, my Singer 20U, has a dial like this with numbers on that you adjust for length, is there something similar on the Juki?

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Your machine needs retiming, if you email me I will attach instructions, quite straight forward but remine me of your model drivewithken@blueyonder.co.uk

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