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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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Pressure foot will not move fabric


Make sure the presser foot is down.
Have the feed dogs been dropped, as for darning?
Is the stitch length set to a higher number to make bigger stitches?
Does you machine have a pressure adjustment for the presser foot--check the owner's manual. The pressure adjustment increases or decreases the amount of pressure the presser foot applies to the feed dogs--makes it easier to switch between stitching light weight vs heavy weight fabrics, ie chiffon and wool.

Dec 23, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Singer 6235 - the fabric is not advancing regardless of stitch length or tension


Could be any of a multitude of reasons.

Check whether the feed dogs are actually rising 'above' the needle plate. If not, then they may be in a dropped position used for darning and free motion quilting.

Sometimes the feed dogs and the mechanism underneath is jammed with lint and debris. Make sure the dog teeth are well cleaned. Also check if the tips of the teeth are worn. Also verify that the needle plate is flush with the free arm--if it is raised, it will prevent the feed dogs from doing their job.

The other thing to check is whether the machine has a presser foot pressure adjustment. Some machines have it, others do not. On newer machines, it is usually a dial somewhere around the left side of the head or toward to top of the head. On older machines, unfortunately, some are simply a big screw head on the inside of the case directly above the presser foot bar. It basically applies more pressure to the presser foot, which in turn applies more pressure to the feed dogs. The problem will usually show up when sewing either very heavy or very fine fabric. Perhaps trying a different presser foot will make a difference.

I don't know what is the highest number the stitch length goes to on your machine, but a #2 stitch length is pretty short on mine. Try setting it higher.

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Nov 19, 2017 | Singer Sewing Machines

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ELNA 540 Experience how do i use the foot marked with an R? What is the settings for a rollstitch?


The foot labeled R is the buttonhole foot. Raise the machine needle and put the foot on the machine. Pull the button holder to the back of the machine and place the button for the garment in holder. Push the button holder to close it against the button. For thick buttons, you may want a slightly larger space for the button. Just pull back the holder a fraction. Push the button hole lever down as far as it will go. (The lever is on the side of the foot near the button holder.) Place a corner of the fabric under the foot and press the up/down needle button twice. Pull the thread to the back of the fabric. Then position the fabric at the starting point where the button hole is to be sewn. Make sure that there is no gap between the slider and the stopper on the foot. Select the button hole style (06 regular, 07 oval, 08 keyhole). Then set the machine to sew. This is shown in the manual on pages 53-63 (pages 59-70 in the PDF).

For a rolled hem on a lightweight fabric, use stitch 10 and set the stitch width to 3.5 and the stitch length to 0.8. Use the Satin Stitch pressure foot (labeled F). Lay the edge of the fabric in the center of the foot. (Make sure that there is a clean cut to the edge with no dangling threads.) See page 48 of the manual (page 54 of the PDF).

Elna has the manual for the Experience 540 here on their manuals page: http://www.elnausa.com/en-us/pages.php?page=107 . The Experience 540 is listed on the left in the section labeled Top-loading 7 mm Max Stitch Width Machines. The direct link to the manual is http://www.elnausa.com/data/files/2_users/55/Inst-book-EL540%28EFG%29.pdf .

I hope this helps.

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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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Oct 26, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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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.)
http://www.sewdaily.com/how-to-sew/sewing-machine-basics/the-best-kept-secret-on-your-sewing-machine

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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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Apr 10, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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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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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.

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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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