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Will only make very small stitches even when set on 4.

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With no make or model, it's guessing. First remove throat plate under presser foot that needle passes through, check for lint on feed dogs and in between feed dog teeth. Next l would oil feed dog mechanism, turn hand-wheel with throat plate removed and look for parts that rub. Lubricate with sew machine oil. Hope it helps.

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Sounds like your feed dogs are not operating properly. As previously suggested (if your machine is mechanical, not computerized), oiling is usually the answer. Mechanical machines need to be cleaned and oiled regular to keep the metal parts moving.

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Only a sewing tech can tell you:

If the feed dog height is too low, you have to get it serviced.

It the feed dogs are worn out, you can buy them and put them on yourself, but the repair shop would probably attach a new set while you wait with no labor charge.

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1) remove upper and bottom threads. Try sew without threads.
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What setting do i use for working with silk on a brother xr52 don't have manual


You can download the manual for your machine from the Brother site, link is
http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/files/dlf/doch000061/xr52c65txl64526562ug01enesfr.pdf

There are lots of weights of silk fabric but I'll assume you are working with something soft and silky like a silk charmeusse or silk georgette.

You need to stitch seams with a straight stitch and use a new sharp needle size 70 or even 60. Change the needle every 4-6 sewing hours or if you hear squeaking or popping; throw away the blunt one.

Use a quality polyester thread like Guttermann, Mettler, or Metryosene. Start with stitch length on 2.5 and stitch width zero (straight stitch). The normal metal presser foot is probably best for this. If the fabric is see through you may wish to do french seams to encase the raw edges. This is where you sew wrong sides together, then turn and stitch right sides together, if you have never done this instructions are here http://sewing.about.com/od/techniques/ss/frenchseam.htm.

Also pay carefull attention to your bobbin winding, my tip for this is here
http://www.fixya.com/support/r10598580-winding_bobbin_correctly
as winding the bobbin smoothly and evenly is essential to quality stitched seams.

Always press every seam as you sew, dry iron, silk setting. Press each side of the seam, then press the seam allowances open, this sets the stitches into the fabric.

If you find that the seam is pulling up you can try loosing off the top tension by a half number (turn it down to loosen) and shorten up the stitch length a fraction to 2.2 or so. But you don't want it too small as if you need to "unsew" ie unpick, you'll never see the thread.

Use a lighweight interfacing if the pattern requires it; I'd use a fusible but very lightweight such as Pellon Featherweight.

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1) Align needle all the way to the left. Set stitch length to smallest possible. Set stitch width to medium (2 or 3, machines are all different).

2) Stitch down in a line half again as long as the length of the buttonhole (always allow a little extra; it's okay!). Remember not to feed the fabric yourself; let the feed dogs do the work. The stitches will be very close together. This is the left side of the buttonhole.= '

3) Align needle to center. Stitch length remains as small as it gets. Set stitch width as wide as it can go.

4) Backstitch a small bit. Probably no more than 8 or so stitches; you may want to use the handwheel. This is the bottom of the buttonhole: '_

5) After reducing the stitch width to "middle" (same as step 1), you have two choices here: You can either backstitch up the entire right length of the buttonhole (pretty tricky, but a tad faster), or you can crank the needle gently down into the bobbin, lift the foot, rotate the garment 180 degrees, re-align the button hole so the lines will be parallel, and drop the foot again.

6) If you pivoted your garment, the settings for the third stitch are identical to the first stitch. If you did not, align the needle to the right before you backstitch. Either way, this is the right side: '_'

7) Return the needle to center, widen the stitch completely again, and either stitch or backstitch the final side 8 or so stitches.

8) use a seam ripper to rip the cloth in the middle... make sure you do not cut any of the stitching!

Sorry this is so long, I remember making these and wanted to get it down right.

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I need to satin stitch around the edge of a project


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Re the bobbins it is the depth that sounts and some of the plastic bobbins are the same as the metal ones(I used to sell sewing machines)so as long as they are same depth when put side by side and same circumferance then another type will be fine. Ive only found 2 different depths in the plastic ones so I dont know which you have. Not sure what has happened with your stitch lentgh. Check the stitch selector is properly on a straight stitch and that the other stitches are correct. A s/mach technician may be able to alter it for you but yo can do no more on that.

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