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I just got a singer 1525 and i have no idea how to use it. There are two knobs at eye level, and then different stitches.. how do i do jsut a basic straight stitch. what number should the right and left knob be on and what stitch?

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First if you have a manual then fine you can read it but if you don't try threading it and try it out. see what it does at the setting it is at. then change one thing at a time and note the positon everything is at now. probably easier than you think and remember you can't break metal?? can you?? don't be afaid to try it. not being mean or anything but until you see what it does you really can't figure anything out. YOu maight try cleaning out the old lint with canned air and change the needle if you find it burred on end or even bent slightly. good luck

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1>change to a new proper needle (proper needle means quilting needles for free motion, stretch needle for knits, leather needle for leather, microtex needle for micro fabrics.....etc.) of proper size. Most sewers never need a needle smaller then an 80/12 when sewing. Smaller needles bend more easily causing more problems.
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3>If still skipping, try a different spool of thread (Yes, thread can caused skipped stitches, not common but I see it).
4>If you haven’t solved it yet, sounds like you could need to make a lower level adjustment like hook timing.
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To time the machine, you want the tip of the hook to pass just over the top of the eye of the needle when the needle is in the left most or right most position depending on which side the eye of the needle will be higher

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