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My runaway stitches on wrong side of fabric

Zig sag stitches on wrong side of fabric

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Rule of thumb:
1.Too much thread on bottom then tighten top (tension).
2. Too much thread on top then loosen top (tension).
Just remember this works very well only if your bobbin is set properly.

Posted on Apr 05, 2015

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SOURCE: upside down stitching

Sounds like the needle alignment is out.
This website has some instructions on how to properly set it up and also has manuals too.
http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/us/ca/en/faq/faq_list.html?reg=us&c=ca&lang=en&prod=hf_cs8072eus&Cat=53

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SOURCE: Viking Designer 1 won't stitch correctly

Check that twin stitch width safety is not turned on in the SET menu (use More button at bottom of first screen to access third screen).

Posted on Jul 01, 2008

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SOURCE: Wrong type of stitch/tension not working

Found a solution to my own problem.... hope this helps someone else. Make SURE the bobbin case is seated correctly! (follow the instructions carefully). Don't put the cover back on right away after you put the bobbin case in. First check and make sure it doesn't move when you turn the hand wheel.
Also, when threading the bobbin make sure the thread passes down through the tension adjusting spring of the bobbin case.

Posted on Aug 24, 2008

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SOURCE: Whenever I zig zag my machine skips stitches.

Hello,
Try these solutions.

* Re-thread your needle
It may be threaded incorrectly (backwards).

* Reinsert your needle
Make sure it goes all the way into the holder and that it’s positioned correctly – usually with the
flat side away from the bobbin, but consult your machine’s manual to be sure.

*Change your needle
Your needle may be blunt, bent, or otherwise damaged.

*Your fabric may require a different needle. Generally, heavier fabrics require larger needles and
thinner fabrics, smaller needles. You may also need a larger needle if
you’re sewing through many layers of fabric. And make sure to use a ballpoint needle for knit fabrics and a sharp needle for wovens (or a universal needle for either).
And make sure your needle is appropriate for the type of thread you’re using.

* Adjust the pressure of your pressure foot
It may be too light for your fabric.

* Change your thread
If your upper thread and bobbin threads are different types, try using the same thread for
both. And use a good quality, brand name thread.

* Adjust your thread tension
It may be too tight or too loose.

* Re-thread your machine
It may be threaded incorrectly.

* Change your needle plate
Try switching to a needle plate with a smaller hole (a straight stitch needle plate).

Important: If you change your needle plate, check to make sure your needle aligns perfectly with
this smaller hole before starting to sew. A misaligned needle could hit the plate and break, which
could be dangerous. And make sure to change your needle plate back for zigzag and other wide
stitches.
I hope this helps you.


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SOURCE: what settings for doing zig zag for satin stitch

It depends on a couple of things. Depending on the fabric you're using you might want to use a stabilizer like an iron on tear away. If the stitches are bunching the stitch length might be to tight. Try going to 0.3. if the stabilizer doesn't work. With the stabilizer on, it will keep the fabric firmer so it won't pucker. Make sure you have the decorative stitching foot on the machine with the little indentation for the satin stitch to ride in. If you have the wrong foot on, this will cause bunching too. Let me know if this helps.

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