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Free Motion Sewing - Jams

While free motion sewing in the V menu with a darning foot, the feed dogs are down....about every 5 inches or so the machine seems to jam on the bottom of the fabric. Seems to be the top thread pulls to the bottom and the only way to make the fabic move is to pull it to unjam. Resulting in extra thread looped on the bottom and not a smooth stitch line at all.

I've also tried to rethread, rewind the bobbin, changed the needle, cleaned the bobbin casing, changed to A menu with the feed dogs up.....a little better but not quite smooth stitching.....

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  • pickypainter Feb 19, 2008

    Same issue - top thread being pulled down into bobbin area, randomly, stopping free movement. Have cleaned area thoroughly, checked for burrs, changed needles, rethreaded bobbin, but the problem persists.



    Machine only 7 months old and 80 hours sewing time.

  • Chris Wetmore May 11, 2010

    My guess is these are both Husq Sapphire sries machines? I need more info to give you a fix

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I don't have a solution, but wanted to remind users of this machine that it does not do the proper free motion action until you reach a certain speed. This information is on page 26 of my manual (older machine, so page no. might have changed with newer manuals). You can stitch at the lower speeds, but it does not "hover" and allow you to move the project swiftly and smoothly.
If you can sew regular sewing without thread/bobbin issues, then it is probably something to do with how you have set/threaded/used the free motion to cause the stoppage. Make sure you have a sharp (i.e. new) needle of the correct size for your thread, that the bobbin thread is the same weight thread as the top thread. Turn on the Needle Down button. There is a Free Motion setting in the Set menu, but I have no idea what it does. I turn it on anyway, just in case! What foot are you using? If you don't have one of the free motion feet (there are quite a few to choose from!) use the embroidery foot (small clear plastic one).
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Thank you, I think I must have done this, by just persevering. I got some great V1 free motion stippling done but wasnt too happy with the tension, even though I did play with varied settings to try and fix.

I also installed the latest Designer 1 update, perhaps that may have fixed the issue?

The machine is the Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 USB.

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The Designer 1 usually has a very nice free motion stitch using the V1 stitch. It should pull only slightly to the rear so that no bobbin thread shows while doing free motion embroidery. Upper tension may be increased for balanced stitch when stippling.
If your machine doesn't sew with the regular stitches with the teeth up, and it's properly threaded, the thread must be dragging on the bobbin case somewhere. First get the machine sewing a straight line, then try V1 again.

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