Question about Sewing Machines
Hi I have a janome excel 23 x and I am having trouble sewing stretch fabric i am using a ballpoint stretch needle and good cotton it sews perfectly on cotton fabric but as soon as i try and sew stretch it won't sew hopefully you can help me. Cheers Sharon
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This is as close as I can find - http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams/Threading_Pages/New_Home_Threading_Diagrams/New_home_2022_Threading_Diagram.htm
Check with local shops that sell this brand for an owner's manual as there is more you need to know about to use this machine.
Posted on Feb 20, 2010
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SOURCE: sewing two pieces of cotton
Threads underneath is the top thread coming down and not being tensioned enough by the top tension dial. So turn the top tension back to 5 and test sew. Does this produce an even stitch tension top and bottom.
If this then is still giving the looping underneath, recheck that the top thread has seated into the tension discs fully, always raise the pressure foot before threading the top of the machine so the tension discs are open fully.
Also cleaning top tension discs sometimes helps, to do this, turn tension dial right down to zero, raise pressure foot, remove all top thread and "floss" between the tension discs with the selvage edge of a clean piece of cotton fabric, if you get lots of gunk on the fabric edge from the tension discs, then keep cleaning with a fresh bit of fabric. Thread, especially, black or cheap brands, will shed dye particles and this will build up in the tension device with time. You can also clean with some denatured alcohol, just wet the fabric edge and floss again. Just don't get onto any plastic bits.
Now thread up again, set tension to 5 and check that the top thread is in tension by threading down to just before the needle, lowering the pressure foot, and pulling on the thread. It should be firm. If you can't get this to happen at all, then the tension device may have broken and will need to be serviced by a technician.
Also if you don't have a manual for your singer you can download at http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals, just type in your model number and click search.
Posted on Jul 04, 2011
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When sewing the material that is giving you trouble, cotton and poly knit, were you using a jersey ball point needle? You need a ball point needle to push between the fibres of a knit rather than a sharp needle which will deflect and not pierce the fabric effectively. There is also "stretch" needles which will work when a ballpoint is skipping stitches, ideal for synthetic knits like lycra and elastane. Your fabric may have elastane in it, some wovens called "mechanical stretch" will contain elastane and won't like a regular point needle.
If you visit this site http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmachineindex/ig/Sewing-Machine-Needles/ you will see that there is a large range of needles for different fabrics and sometimes changing to a different type will solve the skipping stitches problem.
However, it sounds like your machine timing may be slightly out which is then showing when stitching this knit fabric. You could test by sewing a wide zig zag, is the thread locking both sides of the zig zag? Timing between the rotary hook and needle movements is important; I've always taken my machine to a technician for this repair.
Posted on Jul 25, 2011
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