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Puckers and doesn't feed well at all

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For puckering the tension may be too tight
try a new needle - one for fabric and thread being used
check to make sure the feed dogs and the (what-ever) foot is being used, are working together, so the fabric moves smoothly thru

Posted on May 07, 2014


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Can I sew fine knits with my Bernina 830? What would I dial the machine to in order to avoid puckering?

Warning--leaving the presser foot up while sewing will not work because raising the presser foot releases the tension!!! You'll likely end up with a huge knot of thread to remove and possibly damaged fabric.

Fine fabrics present some issues for most machines but there are several things you can do to alleviate or even eliminate issues.

Be sure to use lightweight needles for knits (ball point). Use a good quality fine thread. Loosening the tension will help alleviate some of the puckering. In addition, using a wash-away stabilizer to add body to the fabric will help with puckering. (Even using paper under the fabric will be enough to remove puckering--however, it tends to dull the needle faster than usual--but a new needle is an inexpensive solution to an age-old problem. Also, using a roller foot, teflon foot, or walking foot may be beneficial in feeding the fabric. Some people will starch the fabric to add body.

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My 880 is puckering when I stitch

Puckering is usually a result of incorrect tension, ie too tight. Be sure you are using a new needle and thread that are compatible with the fabric you are stitching. A heavier thread like Coats & Clark cotton-wrapped polyester may be too thick for sewing silk. Another thing you may want to check is the presser foot pressure adjustment (the amount of pressure the presser foot applies to the fabric and feed dogs). This should be discussed in your user's manual. Something else that may help is using a walking foot or teflon foot that allows the fabric to advance smoother, rather than the presser foot "pushing" the fabric as it advances through the machine.

Another thing that may be contributory is the type of fabric. Some fine fabrics, ie silk, chiffon, have a natural tendency to pucker.

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Most sewing machines will cause puckering when zig-zaging, especially when sewing light-weight fabric like chiffon, etc. Try a brand new needle. You can try narrowing the zig-zag so there is not such a large gap between the left & right swing. Can also try loosening the tension a bit so the thread is not pulling so tightly. Another possibility (if your machine has the capability) is to increase the presser foot pressure so there is more pressure applied between the presser foot and the feed dogs. Or, try using a layer of wash-away stabilizer or clean (unused) newsprint paper with the fabric to help give it some stability.

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May 22, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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I am trying to adjust the timing on the feed components on a brother single needle walking foot sewing machine it wrinkles the bottom layer when it,s sewes

So let me translate that to make sure I (and others) understand your gibberish.

You have an industrial Brother with a walking foot. When sewing the bottom material is puckered and you want to know how to adjust the feed.

First, puckering on the bottom is often a tension problem. So double check the threading and bobbin. Make sure the bobbin is unwinding in the correct direction. ALWAYS START WITH THE SIMPLEST SOLUTION FIRST THEN MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SUGGESTION.

here is a link to an industrial trouble shooting guide that will help you identify the cause of the puckering.,d.cGE
In the mean time can you please give us the Model number of your Brother?

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How do you adjust the timing on a Juki 1541-S walking foot sewing machine

Puckering can be from a number of different sources. The wrong needle/thread combo for the fabric. Poorly adjusted presser on the "feet"... too aggressive feed dogs.... It's hard to say without playing with the machine.

As to the company.... I would threaten to return it and demand a refund. It's amazing how fast they get a repair guy out there. Especially if it is under warranty.

Sep 23, 2012 | Juki Sewing Machines

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Problem: machine stitches statiory,doesn't move,and puckers underneath

Are the feed dogs lowered? Look for a slide switch near the bottom of the machine either front or back.

Sep 01, 2012 | Janome Sewing Machines

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Are pfaff 1475cd sewing feet compatible with pfaff 1151 machine

Hi. Some Pfaff machines have something called an "IDT" which looks rather like a small, black walking foot behind the pressure foot, to help feed the fabric evenly. Pfaff machines with this IDT need "IDT" pressure feet. (I can't find a listing of which machines have this and which don't, so you'll have to look at your machines or check your manuals.) If both machines have the IDT, then the feet are compatible. If neither has the IDT, then the feet are also compatible.

Hope this helps!

Happy Sewing,


Mar 14, 2010 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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My white speedylock 1600 is being difficult.. The top threads lay and look perfect.. but the bottom threads are loose.. What can I do about this?

This machine has differential feed (top tension is different from bottom and fabric feed rate can be different from bottom). turn the dials for tension and feed rates to adjust. Adjust bottom tension to tighten bottom threads and possibly speed up bottom feed rate. Tough to say without more info.

Good luck and please rate me.

From White Sewing web site.

"Are wavy fabrics making you seasick? Do puckers leave a sour taste in your mouth? Then you need differential feed. It eliminates distortion and wavy seams when serging knits, plus it prevents puckers and pulled seams on lightweight fabrics. Turn the dial again for instant gathers.

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