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Stitches too big/long

Do you add pressure to the foot or take it off. My machine is from the mid 70's

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You can change the stitch length with a lever or dial on the front of the machine. Set it at 12 for a reasonable stitch length

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Why is my stitch all wavy on the bottom when i sew knits?


What you are getting is what's called lettuce edging.
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You could unconsciously be holding the fabric back when it is feeding through the machine so you are building in stretch. Or, the presser foot pressure could so high that the presser foot is actually pushing the fabric in front so it is building in stretch. If you have a presser foot pressure adjustment on your machine, you might try loosening it some. It would be helpful to use a roller foot or walking foot (if you have one) that will not impede the movement of the fabric but instead help the fabric move through evenly. Also, lengthen the stitch length and add a zig-zag. That will give the garment some give, but if the fabric does stretch, it will also go back to flat once you remove it from the machine.

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HV sapphire 930 not feeding properly


When stitching together a quilt sandwich, it is recommended to use a walking foot on your machine. The walking foot moves the upper fabric in conjunction with the feed dogs. Sometimes, if the quilt sandwich is not too thick, a roller foot can also help but may not be sufficient for a quilt sandwich.
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You may also check the presser foot pressure on your machine. This regulates the amount of pressure the presser foot applies to the fabric and the feed dogs. If the pressure is too strong, it will tend to push the upper layers of fabric, creating a bubble look. If the pressure is too loose, there is not enough pressure for the feed dogs to physically pull entire quilt sandwich under the presser foot.
(The pressure is adjustable depending on the types of fabric and thicknesses being sewn.)
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Oct 01, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Need help with tension as thr stiches are puckering.


If the fabric is puckering when you sew, it is most likely because the thread tension is too tight. Make sure you are using a brand-new needle compatible with your fabric--using a 70 or 80 needle and a lighter weight thread may work better as a 90 or higher needle is big enough that it can stretch the fabric before penetrating it, causing puckering.. Puckering also occurs more frequently when sewing light-weight fabrics and may necessitate using a walking foot or a stabilizer to help give the fabric more body as it is stitched (wash-away stabilizer would probably be good when sewing washable fabrics). Another thing that may cause puckering is when the bobbin is wound at a fast speed. Slowing down when winding the bobbin will reduce the amount of stretch added to the bobbin thread. If it is stretched going onto the bobbin, it will shrink back up when it is stitched to your fabric. Also check whether your machine has a presser foot pressure adjustment. The pressure should be lighter when sewing finer fabrics, ie silk, and heavier when sewing thicker fabrics like wool or denim.

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I have a Bernina Activa 220. I was gone for 10 days with the machine unplugged. When I returned to sewing, there have been occurences of the needle sewing faster with me not changing the pressure on the...


is sounds like their could be a short in the machine or the
computer main board could be going out. I suggest having the
machine check by a sewing machine technican

Aug 17, 2012 | Bernina Activa 130

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How to use the buttonhole attachment


You haven't listed the model of your machine so its hard to give you step by step instructions as there is variations in how buttonholes are done. Some machines have a 4 step sequence on a knob, it may be colour coded with a little buttonhole symbol.

Other computerised machines you just select the buttonhole style and pull down a lever behind the needle bar which lines up with the special buttonhole foot to trigger the return stitching down the buttonhole side.

Have a look in your accessories and see if you have a buttonhole foot like this
tally_girl_76.jpg If so, remove the current pressure foot and put this on, clip it onto the little metal bar you see near the front of the foot. Now put your button into the back ratchet bit of the foot, you pull it out, place the button in there and close it up firmly to hold the button in place. This helps to give you the right length buttonhole.

Now you need to start the buttonhole stitching sequence and sorry, but I don't know what your machine's is, you really need to check the manual for this bit. It may be a 1,2,3,4 sequence on a dial and probably stitch length set to 0.5 so its a closed up satin stitch.

But you stitch the butttonhole in the folowing sequence:
near bar tack, reverse down right hand long side, far bar tack, then back up left hand long side, then a couple of stitches in place to finish off.

The buttonhole foot will sit firmly on your fabric and the inner part of it will move backwards as the machine stitches, then comes back to the front again.

The computerised machines will have a little lever you pull down and these will trigger on a lug on the buttonhole foot to start the reverse stitching at the right length buttonhole. Sometimes they will stitch both long sides in the same direction too, so sequence is near bar tack, down right hand side, far bartack, then it will stitch back to front in little straight stitches, then do the left hand long side to the back and finish off.

On early machines, you actually set the stitch length to 0.5, and stitch width to 2 for sides and 4 for bartacks and made the buttonhole yourself by stitching down one long side, leaving the needle in the fabric and pivoting the work around, then stitching the bartack, then the other long side, then final bartack all manually. It can be done but obviously the new programmed ones are far easier and give consistently similar buttonholes on a garment.

ALWAYS, interface the fabric to be buttonholed, you'll never get a good practice buttonhole without interfacing in a sandwich between two layers of fabric so no point practicing without it.

And, never cut your buttonhole with the seam ripper unless you pin across the two ends first to make sure you don't have a woopsy moment and rip through the end bartack. I use a buttonhole knife and block of wood to cut and it ensures you never have a cutting disaster.

I also pull the thread tails through to the underside with a needle afterwards, tie them off and add a dab of fray stopper to make sure the buttonhole never unravels, then trim the ends off close.

I hope this helps you but obviously getting the manual to your machine would be a big help too.

Sep 21, 2011 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

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I have a Kenmore model 1690. The needle when it goes down does not hit the hole in the foot plate. It comes down too far to the left of the opening, making it impossible to use the machine. I have...


This machine, when you have it on straight stitch, will sew with the needle to the left. If it's hitting the pressure foot, you may have the wrong pressure foot on the machine. If it's hitting the needle plate when you have the pressure foot removed, it's possible you have set for zig zag and you have a straight stitch needle plate on the machine. I believe this machine came with 2 needle plates. One for straight stitch, and another for zig zag.

May 03, 2011 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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What is pressure foot on sewing machine. where is pressure foot


This is the foot that comes down and holds the fabric layers under the needle.

There will be a pressure foot lever to raise and lower the pressure foot at the back of the sewing area, it usually operates vertically, although some makes have a lever that works horizontally.

The pressure foot needs to be lowered BEFORE you start stitching as it activates the top tension and also helps with the stitch formation by holding the fabric firmly as the needle moves up and down.

You can read some general sewing machine info at www.sewing.about.com too.

Mar 29, 2011 | Janome Harmony 2039 Mechanical Sewing...

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I have purchased a gathering foot. What do I have to have my machine on (stitch length etc.) to get good results? Thanks. Kath


You need to use a straight stitch set to about 6mm. You may also have to loosen the tension discs to mid range.

Dec 08, 2010 | Janome Memory Craft 4900QC Mechanical...

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Serger tension is off and I can't get it adjusted properly. I have a Necchi Lock machine that is 25 years old and it's been a gem. Do you know how to adjust the tension?


Do you still have the instruction manual for the machine? If you do, you get a great big gold star!

Unless this model has auto tension, there should be a tension knob or lever on each thread feed.

Open the tensions (set at zero). No access to the tension controls, raise the presser foot and this will open the tensions, if the controls are okay.

Re-thread the serger and then set the tension controls back to mid-range or lower the presser foot to re-set the auto tension function.

With the presser foot down, stitch a chain of threads and if they do not "knit" as the should - the serger needs to visit a repair shop.

Service for a serger usually begins around $100.

It could be just the timing needs to be adjusted.

If the tension controls need new springs or the controls needs to be replaced, this will add to the repair cost.

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I am sewing on 100%polyester silk and using a 65 needle and the tension is on 4.2, stitch length 2. The fabric keeps wrinkling. I've tried rethreading, checking the bobbin and changing the tension. Nothing...


There is a pressure adjustment for the presser foot.

This is usually on top of the machine, over the presser foot.

If it resembles a screw head on this model - a dab of nail polish or mark of a sharpie will help when you reset after sewing sheer fabrics.

If you move the adjustment to the left it will reduce the pressure and should also reduce the wrinkling.

Adjust and then test on a sample of the same fabric you will be sewing.

Be sure to re-set after sewing thin fabrics.

Refer to the manual or download a free one at Brother's website.

Feb 22, 2010 | Brother XL3750 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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