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When zigzagging the top stithing is loose. Why?

When using the zigzag stitch, the top stitching is loose. why?

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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I was hoping you would have got another answer, I have a mechanical sewing machine ( Singer 5040) with the exact same problem. However, if i use the programed stitches I can sew a zigzag. If i do it manually and set the zigzag width to any width ( even the widest) I get only the same straight stitch, and no mater what length I select it is the same too, very close to gether about 1 1/2 inch stitch.
I took my entire maching apart to expose inside both top side and underneath, nothing apeared loose or broke and i oiled it up. I bought a new bobbin holder and still the same effect. So it has to be something serious is my conclusion...sounds like a trip to Sears to me...LOL

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

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SOURCE: singer machine needle won't do width in zigzag

It sounds like it needs lubrication on the needle bar frame and linkage.

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

Maggie_B
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SOURCE: Setting Machine on Different Stich Patterns

Turn the dial for stitch length so that the black line that separates the stitch length numbers from the buttonhole functions is in the 12 o'clock position. This engages the gears that operate your red stitches.

Posted on Oct 31, 2009

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SOURCE: PFAFF 362 Sewing Machine: The shift

Remove the top cover (grasp and lift straight up), spray with "Tri-Flow, liberally inside. Pay attention to the right 1/2 and behind the front dials.

In Front, each dial has a small square opening on the side, use the tube included with the "Tri-flow" to squirt lube inside them. DO NOT use WD-40.

Run the machine daily for 5-10 minutes (set the dial "C" [top front that goes up to 8] to 0 also set the dial on top of the case to 0. Move the Zig-Zag lever (upper right) from 0 to 4 and back again. Respray with Tri-flow. After a couple of days, if it is still stuck place a hair-dryer or light nearby to warm it up to skin temp.

Between the temp and the oil, it should begin working.

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Posted on Jan 08, 2010

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SOURCE: singer 2662 only does a straight stitch

got the same problem - wish I could help you -

Posted on Jan 13, 2010

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Bottom thread is still loose even if i try to balance the tension, how do i balance the thread tension?


You bobbin tension CAN be adjusted. First, thread your machine with different colors in the top and bobbin, set your top tension at its default, and run a line of straight, and then a line of zigzag stitches, and compare the results at the top and bottom. You will be adjusting your bobbin to your top tension. If the top tension looks like a straight line instead of stitching and the zigzag looks like "chicken tracks" instead of a zigzag, but the bottom looks like a zigzag, your bobbin tension is too loose.

Remove the bobbin case, and locate the straight-slot screw. There are generally two; one is a Phillips and one is straight--you want the straight one. Leave the other alone.

The rule is "lefty-loosy, righty-tighty." If your stitching displays the above symptoms, it needs to be tightened, so turn 1/4 turn to the right--no more--then test again. You will need patience, but don't turn more than that. It is easy to do, but if you don't do it systematically, you can make things worse, and very slight adjustments can alter the stitching significantly.

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Top stich perfict but bottom stich too loose on vivo singer machine 1004


Your bobbin tension needs adjusting, and although it is not hard to do and doesn't require that you take the machine apart, you MUST do it systematically. If you don't, you'll make things worse.

First, download the user's manual from the Singer site if you don't have one. On page 20, you'll see a discussion regarding tensions, and what improper tension looks like. Tension is a balance between the top and bobbin.

Then, using scrap fabric, set your top tension on Auto and make sure your needle is all the way up in the clamp. Run a line of straight stitches, and next to it, run a line of zigzag stitches, maybe four inches, and examine it. The illustration on that page will show you what your straight stitches SHOULD look like. If your zigzag stitches show one side that looks like "chicken tracks" but the other side looks like it should, the chicken tracks side is too tight. In your case, if the bobbin is too loose, the top will look like chicken tracks. It helps a lot to use two different thread colors, as well as a third for the fabric.

To adjust the bobbin tension, you will need a tiny straight blade screwdriver. If you have an indication that the bobbin side stitches are too loose, take the bobbin case out of the machine and locate two screws on the side. One is a Phillips--don't touch it. The one on the left of the Phillips is a straight-slot screw--that's the one you want. The saying is "lefty loosey, righty tighty." If your test indicates the bobbin tension is indeed too loose (which can happen over time), you need to tighten it by turning the screw 1/4 (ONLY) turn to the right (righty-tighty). Test again. You should see at least some improvement to indicate you're on the right track, and repeat--turning ONLY 1/4 turn--until your top and bottom tension are balanced. Don't forget to also test with a zigzag; I have adjusted bobbin tensions in the past that looked OK on the straight stitch, but the zigzag indicated I wasn't quite there yet.

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Not stitch zigzag


Have you tried a needle change? It could be blunt or the wrong size. Have you cleaned under the needle plate as the ridges get full of lint there. A toothpick will clean them out.

Nov 22, 2013 | Singer 1120 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Bobbin thread is pulled through fabric on zigzag stitch


You need to adjust the tension of the stitching, it sounds as if the top stitch tension is looser than the lower in the bobbin.

Nov 02, 2012 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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Why straight stitch will not work but zigzag and herringbone stitches work on my machine.


it sounds like the machine needs to be checked at a sewing
machine shop to see what's wrong with the cam's or gear
that makes the stitches

Aug 01, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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Zigzag stitch only stitches on the left side.


if the zigzag stitch only stitches on the left side it's very possible that the cam or gear inside that does the zigzag stitch is either worn out or broke or damaged in some way, only a repair shop service tech can tell

Aug 26, 2011 | Simplicity Denim Star SW210

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Zigzag stitch pulling tight, looks wrong


Try adusting the bobbin thread instead of the top. Always make sure to insert the bobbin so the thread is pulling in a clock wise direction. Both threads top and bobbin should have about the same resitance when pulled.

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