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Brand new-has not sewn first stitch

Several experienced sewers have threaded the machine following supplied instructions/video. It cuts fabric fine but does not make a stitch.

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Re: Brand new-has not sewn first stitch

Phone the store you bought it from and arrange to return it for instruction on use, or a refund.....if it is brand new, it is under warantee and you are entitled to a product that does what it should......if it is you who has done something wrong in the threading, a quick lesson with someone should solve the issue. Either way, call them and get it sorted out.

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Upper thread always cuts. Straight stitch doesn't work. The upper thread always cuts. The tension is No. 3. The stitches is adjusted to no, 2. The fabric is thin, soft and Lacey . Please advice.

Be sure to install a brand new needle of the type suitable for the fabric you are sewing.
All About Needles

Use a thread that is suitable for the fabric. If you are sewing fine, light-weight fabric, use a fine thread--avoid old or bargain bin thread. Use the same upper thread in the bobbin.

When threading, always raise the presser foot so the thread will seat properly in the thread tension and verify that the thread path is correct (consult the manual).

Standard tension is usually the midway point between high & low number. The stitch length could be set a little higher than a 2--maybe a 2.25 or 2.5 for light fabric.

Since you are sewing fine fabric, it sometimes helps to use a removable stabilizer to give the fabric some extra body while stitching--perhaps a wash-away stabilizer if the fabric is washable.

Test your machine on scraps of the fabric you will be sewing. Re-adjust the tension as needed. The correct tension is when both upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

If the thread continues to break, then there could be a burr or nick somewhere that is catching the thread and causing it to break. Could also be a needle/hook timing issue.


Apr 24, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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How can I prevent bobbin thread from bunching up and tangling?

First thing to do: install a brand new needle and clean the lint/dust from the feed dogs and bobbin area. Make sure you are using the right needle and thread for the fabric being sewn.

All About Needles

Second thing: remove all the thread from the machine. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning making sure that it is threaded correctly through every thread guide (consult the owner's manual). And verify that the bobbin is loaded and threaded in the bobbincase properly.

AVOID using old, fuzzy, and bargain bin threads.

Set the upper tension to the midway point between the high & low number (this is the factory standard although every machine may slightly differ). Now perform a new stitch test.

If the upper thread is creating a thread mess under the fabric, the upper tension is too loose. Tighten it.

If the bobbin thread is coming up to the top of the fabric, loosen the upper thread and retest. Sometimes the upper thread tension is not enough to prevent the bobbin thread from coming up. In that case, the bobbin tension may need to be tightened. (Search the internet for instructions for adjusting the bobbin tension. NOTE: bobbin tension adjustments should be done in micro-increments as a small adjustment will make a big difference in the result. Be sure to test after each adjustment.)

The tension is correct when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet and cross in the middle of the fabric. This will change whenever fabric, needle & thread are changed, so a sewist needs to be comfortable with regularly making upper thread adjustments.

One other thing to try is pull the bobbin thread up through the fabric before stitching and gently holding the thread tails when taking the first couple of stitches.


Jan 25, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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What is wrong with machine I have tried all the instructions and it makes a horible button hole

most sewing shops/fabric shops that sell or service machines have people who are willing to show you how to do it regardless of the make of your machine
there is a knack to the job that is difficult to print in instructions

Sep 02, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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My Kenmore Mini Ultra sewing machine won't sew the button stitch. I have followed the instructions on the manual but still the thread does not get sewn onto the fabric. Simple straight stitches are ok

it's possible that there could be a problem with the gear or cam that does the button hole stitch

try a different needle--one for the fabric being sewed
try a different bobbin --make sure the bobbin is not warped or damaged
try different thread-- use EVERY thread guide

make sure the bobbin is wound correctly--inserted correctly in to the bobbin case--and turned the right way.

May 14, 2015 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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When I try to sew, the machine will not make a stitch. The thread balls up. Have tried everything I can think of. Yes I read the instructions but it just won't make a stitch. As well I have tried t

It sounds like you have checked most common things that would cause this problem, and I assume you have double checked to be sure the top thread is traveling through the take up lever and following the correct path. If the rotary hook is not meeting right with the needle, it can't create a stitch. If the needle isn't bent, it's possible you may need to have the machine timed or there may be some other issue occurring in the bobbin area.

Feb 09, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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How do I back stitch and fix a goof?

if you aren't pleased with what you have sewn, make sure hand wheel is turn toward you. Raise presser foot. Remove fabric, and use seam ripper to remove stitches by carefully cutting into one stitch, turning fabric to underside of garment and gently pulling bobbin thread until stitches easily pull out. Re-sew what you were dissatisfied with. Jimmy

Apr 04, 2012 | Brother PE770 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Machine has quit stiching on any fabric. The needle is in motion however thread is not locking. The needle and thread goes through the fabric it just will not leave a line of stich. I've tried several...

I have never known a sewer that hasn't experienced this before. First: make sure the upper thread is correctly threaded through the tension disks, take up lever, and thread guides. Sometimes, just missing one little thread guide makes everything mess up!. Next, make sure the groove on the needle is FACING YOU. The groove is actually a thread guide as well and if the needle is in backwards, it will cause stitch problems. Then, be sure the bobbin is inserted the right way. Your manual should show you how the thread should come off the bobbin (clockwise or counterclockwise). I have been sewing for over 50 years and there are days when I'm so eager to finish my "creation" I plop the bobbin in going the wrong direction and wonder what's wrong with my machine. While you're checking all this, be sure and use your machine brush to remove all lint in the bobbin case and between the feed dogs. Dust in the bed can cause stitches to mess up! I hope this helps. If it does, please come back and rate my suggestion!

Jun 07, 2011 | Singer 2638 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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REX blind hem how to lock the stitch

When I purchased my blindstitch machine, I was also told to kind of snap the fabric as you pulled it our of the machine. Like you, I found that to be a little risky. Sometimes I'd just unravel what I'd sewn. I have found the most dependable thing to do is: Before removing the fabric from the machine, snip the thread between the fingers of the looper as it approaches the needle. If the loop is broken, the chain stitch will not pull out. If you cut the loop as it approaches the needle, you will get a bit longer tail so the needle doesn't come unthreaded on the next run. If you find you need a bit longer thread tail, you can pull a bit on that loop before cutting. As long as the needle has passed through the loop on the previous stitch, you'll be fine.

Dec 29, 2008 | Rex RX-518

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I have a baby lock imagine machine. I'm sewing with streatch velvet, and the stitches are off the fabric, or the loopers are too loose. I tried tighting the looper thread fine tuning screw, adjusting the...

Stretch fabric is made for using the differential feed on your machine, sergers love stretchy things. Try widening the stitch you are using and turn your differential feed down one notch to allow the machine to get a good grip on the fabric, you may need to bump the differential feed up more if it still doesn't stitch nice, keep trying on a piece of scrap fabric of the same as you are using until you are happy with the stitch.Another solution is to put some lightweight tissue paper under the seams and then tear it off after you have sewn the seams, this works but will dull your blades over time.

Oct 30, 2008 | Baby Lock Eclipse Serger

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