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Grabbing and not picking up stiches

Its not picking up stitches right now. but when it does sew it grabs about every tenth stitch and breaks the stitch.

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Straight stiches great. select any other stitch and it stitches about an inch and then stops


Test: With straight stitch and needle on left side sew.
With straight stitch and needle on right side sew.
Does one of the two sew and the other not sew?
The reason is the timing of the needle and bobbin are not set right. In other words it is in need of timing from a repairman.

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Can someone tell me which stitch to use on the Bernette 65 to sew elastic? I can't seem to find a stretch stitch. Thanks.


Are you sewing through elastic such as joining the two ends of a loop of elastic in a waistband?

If so, just your straight stitch or three step zig zag works fine.

If you are actually seaming on knit fabrics then you need a stitch with forwards and backwards movement to allow the fabric to give when worn without breaking the thread in the seam. tally_girl_8.jpg If this is your machine and you want to stich jersey or knits, I'd use the overcasting stitch, fifth from the right. or the tricot stitch to the right of it, this stitch is good for attaching rib trim around necks and sleeves.

Your sewing machine manual should also give you information on which stitch is used for what. I also like the Singer Sewing Manual book for good general sewing information.

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Hi, I'm trying to sew a silky fabric and the stitches on the bottom keep getting jumbled and the top thread breaks


My guess is that you have lost all of your upper tension and you may have your needle in backward.
Unthread the machine.
Raise the presser foot. Turn the handwheel until the take-up lever is at it's highest position. Set the upper tension dial/knob to 5. Remove the needle and replace it making sure that the flat side of the needle shank is to the back. Thread the machine.
With the presser foot up, the upper thread should pull through easily and then grab when the presser foot is lowered.
Test sew.
The upper tension pulls the stitches up and the lower tension pulls the stitches down. When they pull properly, the stitch is even.

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Stitching problems with my sewing machine


Make sure first of all that you have a perfect needle in and the correct way round, failing that you may need to retime the machine, if you email me I will attach instructions.
drivewithken@blueyonder.co.uk

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


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.

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Brother ls2125 won't zigzag stitch


that sounds like a timing issue if it will pick up every now and then i would recommend taking it to a brother dealer for repair as timing is not easy to set

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Stitching is too loose


hi! this particular problem is common when tension and stiches adjustment does not match and complied to fabrics your trying to sew,there a is hard way to find manual specialy to old ones. but if you want it may help you some i got here on manual sears 1803.if your control look similar to this in figure5180e2c.jpg there are stitch control one for straight stitching and one
on special stitching.the small dial near needle is tension dial.You can set tension on # 3 to 5
stitch dial as in figure7a4913a.jpgif you are
sewing a straight stiches set to # 8 to 12 trial are needed somtimes to acquired smooth sewing,Be sure no mechanical problem regarding in machine operation.try to sew a cotton fabric for trial then if sewing another fabrics sudden adjustment should be done.If your machine is equipted by auto tension just select on the fabrics.well small information can sometime helpfull ...nice sewing

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No stitches 925D.


Probably your looper timing is off. This is common, and just a necessary evil of sergers. Their tolerances are tight.
The operation of creating a serger stitch is a succession of thread grabing and delivering. One looper grabs a thread and delivers it to the needle and so on.
To check this, turn your handwheel slowly and check to see that the upper looper is meeting the lower looper by passing very close to the indented part at the back of the lower looper (indented part is called the scarf, this is where the looper threads form a lock) If not, it's the looper timing. If they seem to meet properly then check your needle. Is your needle up into the needle clamp all the way? Try a new needle. Even a slight bend to the needle will not allow the loopers to meet and grab or deliver thread. You might check the tensions. Thread has to have some resistance in order for the loopers to do their job,

If your looper timing is off, find a sewing repair person to retime the serger. Don't try it yourself or put this repair off. If the loopers go further out of timing, they might hit something and replacement can be costly.

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