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What causes a zigzag stitch machine to make straight stitches periodically?

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It sounds like your machine is skipping stiches. First thing you should do is put a new needle in. It could be dull or bent. And you need to be sure the needle is in correctly. Usually the flat side to the back. Unless you have an old machine. If the tensions look good then I would say next that your machine is out of time and the hook beneith is only grabbing the loop on one side. Also your needle height may be off.
Hope you get it figured out.

Posted on Sep 05, 2009

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