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Needle doesn't move

I was sewing cotton fabric. After rewinding and replacing a bobbin I tried to sew again and the needle wouldn’t move at all. Machine is making a “starting noise” but it is just stuck. I tried to manually turn the wheel on the right but it is also stuck and doesn’t move either way. Do you know what might be the problem? Thanks.

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    NEAL Apr 08, 2014

    SEE IF THERE IS ANY THREAD HUNG IN THE BOBBI CASING SMALLEST PIECE OF THREAD WILL STOP IT FROM MOVING .IF YOU SEE SOME ROTATE THE WHEEL IF YOU CAN IF NOT TRY AND REMOV ETHE THREAD EVEN ADDING A LITTLE OIL TO THE THREAD TO HELP REMOVE IT

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The problem is some fabric, dust or thread is stuck behide the plate that holds the sewing needle and foot.

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Iam sewing seats. but the threed stared braking at the needle & it want saw.


Most likely, it has to do with incompatibility of the needle, thread, and fabric. The force of the needle penetrating the fabric multiple times is actually causing the thread to (wear &) fray and eventually break. There are needles with larger grooves that tend to protect the thread during stitching. Some may recommend a Top Stitch Needle (Home Machine Needles Superior Threads Why Topstitch? The Topstitch needle is the most common needle type used and recommended by professionals and educators. We recommend the Topstitch for piecing, quilting, embroidery, appliqu?, and construction. These needles are available in four sizes to accommodate all thread types, including metallic threads. The Topstitch needle has a larger eye and deeper groove. It is often referred as the MAGIC NEEDLE. It really does make a difference in your sewing experience.)
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Also, if the thread is a tight fit through the needle eye, it will also tear the thread. Make sure that the thread will slip easily through the eye. Go to a larger needle, instead of 90, try a 100.

Be sure to use a brand-new needle.

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You may also consider changing the type of thread you are using. Go with a stronger thread, ie polyester, rather than cotton. Cotton will shred and break easier.

You will probably need to re-adjust the thread tension. If it is too tight, it will also break the thread. If you are using a heavier weight of thread, you will need to adjust both the upper and bobbin tension to accommodate the heavier thread.
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If you sewing fabric that is sticky, ie vinyl, oilcloth, you should try to use a roller presser foot, a teflon presser foot, or a walking foot to help the fabric move with the feed dogs.

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Apr 22, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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What makes stitches skip?


Skipping stitches is usually the needle choice. OR if could be blunt (needles are supposed to be changed every 8 - 10 hours of sewing) There are needles to be only used for sewing stretch fabrics, these are the "blue needles" of ball point needles, then there are the Universal needles for sewing woven fabrics cotton etc. then there are needles only for sewing denim.
You will need to identify which fabric you are sewing and use the appropriate needle.
Then there are the sizes #12 #14 #16 or 75 80 or 90 I'm not sure which numbering system you are using the smaller the number the finer the fabric is the usual way to go..
Also check that the needle is in the correct way. The scarf (the flat side of the needle is to be facing the back of the machine) also check the bobbin as it too can be put in the wrong way and will even try to sew..
Check that your threads are suitable for the fabric If possible try and match the thread in the bobbin with the top thread type.
If all else fails go and have a cuppa and come back to the machine change the needle change the bobbin change the threads and most times it will be ok. cheers Dot

Sep 23, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Forgot to pull wheel out to stop needle moving when rewinding bobbin. Since then the bobbin sews one stitch then jams. Was working spot on until then.


Try a new needle. The needle may have gotten bent and that would cause those problems. Also, make sure your bobbin thread is threaded properly.

Mar 17, 2013 | Janome Harmony 2039 Mechanical Sewing...

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Singer model 620 sewing machine needle pokes holes in fabric but doesn't sew with the thread?


try changing the needle--make sure it's the right needle for the
fabric being sewed
rethread the machine top and bobbin
make sure the bobbin is inserted into the bobbin case
it's also possible that the machine could have a timing problem
and needs to be checked

Feb 12, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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My BV 160 is giving me problems. The fabric will not move along as I sew. I hve ck'd the feed dogs, they're ok, rethreaded the needle, bobbin, cleaned the bobbin but still not sewing.


have you checked the presser foot to see if the presser foot is holding
the fabric against the feed dogs so they can move the fabric thru to
be sewn by the needle?

Jun 07, 2012 | Bernina Virtuosa 160

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I needle comes unthreaded whenever we try to sew. We've both tried numerous times and it doesn't make a sitch. The bobbin seems to be done correctly b/c the bottom thread comes up with no problem....


first let's deal with the needle becoming unthreaded, Keeping the needle threaded is easy, always keep thread tails of 3 to 6 inches on the top thread & bobbin at all times, & make sure the thread tail are pulled behind the needle before you start to sew,, this will ensure that the thread will not come out of the needle when you start to sew.

you mention the fabric is thin,, do you have a needle that's right for the fabric your sewing?
thin fabric needs a different needle than blue jeans fabric, check your top tension & see what the setting is on, usually 3 to 5 is good.

when the needle & thread are right for the fabric then the sewing is good.

also clean under the needle plate & bobbin area for loose threads or lint

also it's a possibility that the machine could be out of time & would need to be serviced by a sewing machine repair shop-as they have the tools for the job

Sep 22, 2011 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I am sewing a cotton piece of fabric for a dress and i do not know how to set the tension for cotton


The tension for cotton is set the same way tension is set for any fabric:

1. The thread should pull freely with a small resistance before/after it goes through the needle, on many machines that's half way on the tension adjustment.

2. The bobbin thread when dangled by the thread with the bobbin inside the case should drop down a bit when slightly flicking your wrist like you do with a yo-yo. If it reels out to the floor the tension is too loose. If it doesn't drop at all it is too tight.

3. Now make sure you use the right type of needle. For cotton you want a "sharp" and for reg. weight cotton about a size 10 maybe 12.

Now take a piece of strap cotton material like you're going to sew a seem and sew with a wide zig zag. Example the top side and then the bottom. They should appear identical, flat with needle holes at each side where the thread disappears to the other side. You should see no loop where the threads over lap each other and the material should not be puckering in the middle.

If that is not what you see then think this way:

The TOP side of the stitch is effected by the BOTTOM thread. the bobbin tension.
The BOTTOM side of the stitch is effected by the TOP /needle tension.

Adjust the responding tensions until the stitch looks the same on both sides. Now you are ready to sew your cotton! :)

Apr 26, 2011 | White Sewing Sewing Machines

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When I am sewing it will sew about 3 stiches and then jam.. It does it if I change weight of material or it will s kip stiches.


Skipped stitches is usually indication that needle is blunt or burred.
Or if you are using a sharp needle on knit fabrics it may also skip a little.

Not sure what you mean by "change weight of material" - do you mean you are sewing applique and going from one fabric weight onto another? or different sewing projects?

It is a good idea to change your needle for each new project (4-6 hours sewing time max) and choose the right type of needle and size for your project.

However, the jamming part sounds more like thread tension issues, especially if the jamming is happening underneath from the bobbin. If stitching is loose underneath, then top tension is the problem and visa versa.

Recheck your threading path, top and bottom tensions and that you have good quality thread. Change the needle, rewind a fresh bobbin, thread up and try again.

There is really good info on www.sewing.about.com or I refer to my Singer Sewing Machine textbook at lot too. Good luck.

Mar 30, 2011 | White Sewing Sewing Machines

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Needle jams and breaks off


Needle jams....Thread is caught in the hook...solution...Remove the upper thread and bobbin case,turn the handwheel backwards and forwards by hand and remove the thread remands.

Needles breaks
1. Needles is damaged..Insert new needle
2. The needle is not correctly inserted....insert flat side towards the back
3. Wrong needle size for the fabric...Choose a needle to suit the thread and fabric.

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