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I don't have manual, I need to no what I need to do to get machine to sew again

It did sew just zigzag but now it wont do anything

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    Kathy Parker Apr 02, 2015

    what brand, go to mfg's website, they often have downloads of their manuals, just save it on your computer.

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Take it all apart, and clean the machine. Then re-thread, re-thread bobbin, set to normal sewing and try it. Then set to zigzag and try again. Without knowing what machine you have it will be hard to trouble shoot for you

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Will not zigzag or decorative stitches. New to these newer plastic style machines Always used older steel machines. This was given to me my by my sister who used it very little. Could cam be broken?


Hmm, I'm wondering if it has been cleaned and oiled recently. Older mechanicals require frequent TLC. Consult your owner's manual for cleaning and maintenance instructions:

Is your sewing machine mechanical (ie, not computerized)??? CAUTION--if your machine is computerized, do NOT proceed with the following suggestions.

If it is mechanical, have you cleaned and oiled your machine recently? Most mechanical sewing machine failures are because they have not been adequately and routinely oiled, the old oil has solidified and frozen the mechanics. I recommend Bernina oil or liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Lube (or similar good quality sewing machine oil) for mechanical machines--do NOT use 3-in-1, cooking oil, WD-40, or the sewing machine oil from your grandmother's sewing basket. (I am not associated with any Bernina dealer.)

If it is in fact frozen, pick up a bottle of liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil at the hardware store. Oil one or two drops in every oil hole (see your manual) and also every place where metal rubs on metal. But DO NOT oil any plastic gears, rubber, or belts. If it is still stiff or frozen, direct a hot handheld hair dryer into the top and bottom mechanism of your machine. See if that loosens it up. You may have to repeat.

Once your machine is working again, place a drop or two of good sewing machine oil as directed above. Be sure to use a small brush to clean the lint and dirt out of your machine, especially around the feed dogs and bobbin area. (Caution: Compressed air will sometimes force the dirt and lint into areas that cannot be cleaned.) And continue to use good quality sewing machine oil to keep it running. Recommendation: every time you change a bobbin, after 8 hours of sewing, or every six months if it is not in regular use.

Dec 30, 2015 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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How do I get it to sew something other than the basic straight stitch?


Your machine will have a touch screen or button to increase or decrease the stitch width. However, digital machines have to be set to the zigzag position in order for the width to take effect. On this machine the # 10 turns it on zigzag.

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Aug 14, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Bernina sewing machine


Hook don't catch thread

Possible reasons:
  • bent needle
  • needle/thread combination is not correct. When sewing, the thread should travel smoothly down the long groove on the front of the needle. (see user manual, chapter "Threads and needles")
  • stitch plate damaged
  • wrong hook timing (sewing machine needs to be taken to a BERNINA dealer for servicing)

Aug 12, 2014 | Sewing Machines

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Singer sewing machine needle moving to the side after it's in the fabric for a zigzag stitch


If you can grab the hand wheel and move it right and left, then it probably needs a plastic collar that goes next to the left upper shaft bushing.
If not then the cam timing needs to be adjusted.

Mar 13, 2014 | Kenmore 15516 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I altered the stitch to zigzag and now it wont stitch straight or anything!


try changing the needle
rethread the machine top & bobbin
make sure the bobbin is not warped or damaged
adjust the top tension one number or letter higher till the stitch looks normal
if these suggestion don't help then the machine needs to be serviced

May 11, 2012 | Necchi Sewing Machines

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My white rotary model 2221 sewing machine will no longer switch from straight to decorative or zigzag stitching. What can I do to fix it? I have cleaned and oiled the machine and have recently used it...


it's possible that the cams that do the zigzag stitch could be worn or have gotten damaged
it would be a good idea to have it serviced

I would suggest to look in the yellow pages & see what sewing machine repair shop are in your area.

and if you do get it serviced, when you first get it home, sew on it & make sure it works correctly, they normally have a 15 to 30 day time limit for you to check the machine out & making sure it works ok, & make sure that you don't just pay for a cleaning..

Sep 11, 2011 | White Sewing Sewing Machines

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I need to know how to make a button hole, can't find manual.


Hi there, don't know your machine but you can do a plaiin buttonhole manually.
Set machine up for zigzag stitch, needle to left side, mark out the size you need with pins or marker pen. Start at the top and set for widest zigzag with 0 length for the top bar, cannot give sizes as don't know the button you are using, about 6 stitches, set stitch width to just over half the width of top bar and length to approx 0.5. Stitch down to bottom marker and again set up ffor the wide bar, do the same amount of stitches as the top, finish with needle down at the outside edge, turn work so that you will now stitch down the other side to meet the top bar, not forgetting to adjust stitch length and width again.
Hope this helps
Ellie

Jan 09, 2011 | Necchi 3537 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Changing stitches on a White 1418 sewing machine...


I have a White 1418. Here's how you do it:

1. Attach the buttonhole presser foot (should have come with your machine) and place the fabric underneath.
2. Set the stitch length knob to 0, the zigzag width knob to 5, and set the needle position to center. Sew 3-5 stitches.
3.Change the stitch length to 0.5, the zigzag width to 2, and the needle position to left. Sew to the entire length of your buttonhole.
4.Set stitch length knob to 0, zigzag width knob to 5, and needle position to center and sew about 3-5 stitches
5. Set the stitch length knob to 0.5, zigzag width to 2, and set needle position to the right. Pressing the R button (reverse button), sew up to the top stitches.
6. Remove the fabric and open the button hole with a button hole cutter.

Sounds complicated, but it's really easy. I love this machine, you just have to know how to use it!

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