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As I begin to sew the machine either jams completely after 2 or 3 inches or it sews a seam perfectly. When I turn it over, the seam is a wreck- the upper thread is in giant loops and the lower thread is loose

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It is in the threading, another thing that I found works better is a SA156 metal bobbin, you can buy them on ebay, 20 for $8.99 and free shipping, fast service. But, for the time being just go to JoAnn's or Walmart. If, you have your dvd watch it because it is quite informative. Your manual is available at www.singerco.com for free to download, that way you can make the diagrams bigger and save a copy of it for your computer and print it, that way your always have a copy. If, you still have a problem call Singer at 1-800-4singer. Good luck

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My fabric keeps puckering.


The first thing I would check is the threading. Remove the upper thread completely. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning making sure it follows the correct thread pathway. Sometimes thread will "jump" and come out of a thread guide or the takeup lever. Also, raising the presser foot releases the tension disks and allows the thread to seat properly.

Loosen the thread tension. Install a new needle. Also, some machines have a presser foot pressure adjustment that can be set lighter or heavier depending on the fabric weight. The Owner's Manual should have information. On older machines, it is usually a screw or button above the needlebar that adjusts the needlebar's spring tension. Newer machines would have a dial on the side or above the needlebar area.

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try these suggestions
Reduce the stitch length to zero. The machine will stitch in place and form a locked stitch
1) rotate the material and sew over the same stitching. Leave the needle down in the work and raise the presser foot, then turn the fabric around.
2) decrease the stitch length to very small for a few stitches

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3) hold the fabric and prevent it from feeding at the beginning and end of a seam, which makes very short stitches

4) stitch about 1/2", raise the needle and presser foot, return the fabric to the beginning position and stitch over the first half inch of seam again. Do the same at the end

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My sewing machine is jammed the needle will not go up or down nor does the wheel


Stop! Get your camera/cell phone or whatever. Take pictures at each of these steps (to refer to later)

Remove the needle and presser foot (use scissors to cut threads if necessary)

Remove the plates under the presser foot that cover the bobbin and needle through area. Clean any thread/lint, etc from under there.

Get magnifying glass and inspect for additional bits of thread or needle ends that have broken off.

If necessary remove the shuttle race and inspect for burrs, cracks, etc.

replace everything and try moving the handwheel. If it works, it's good to go. If it doesn't take it in.

Now... when you begin sewing any seam. ALWAYS grasp both threads as you begin sewing. This will keep jams from happening and it is a good sewing habit.

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Necchi bobbin thread jams up


Make sure that when you start a seam that you grasp both threads and pull gently as you begin. It keeps them from being drawn into the needle plate. get into this habit and it will save you a lot of grief

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Threading the machine


You said it jams when you start to sew. Please clarify. how and where does it jam?

Make sure you threaded the machine with the foot in the UP position. Make sure your bobbin is in the case correctly and is spinning in the correct position when you pull on the thread.

When starting to sew, grasp the top and bottom threads and gently tug, then hold it down to the surface of the machine as you begin the seam.

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I have a brother VX-950 sewing machine I have a pretty good stitch on top and bottom, put it is still puckering. I tried the tension. What elese should I try?


New needle and make sure it is the right sized needle for the fabric that you are sewing. If silky satin then use a size 70 or even 60 needle sharp. If microfibre then there are Schmetz needles called microtec that are perfect for this.

Also try shortening the stitch length a little. You may still need to finesse the tension a bit. I think this is a front loading bobbin machine so you might try adjusting the tension on the bobbin holder a little bit. It is hard with these as there is no "0' marking to set it to, its just trial and testing.

Also, are you pinning across the seam line at about 3 inch intervals?

If there is still some puckering happening, then perhaps, stop at the end of the seam with the needle in the work, and ease the fabric along the stitching line a bit to smooth out the seam, then do the reversing stitches at the end to lock off the seam.

Also press, press, press each seam. Always press on top of the seam, turn it over and press the underside of the seam, then lie right side down on the ironing board and press the seam allowances open. This sets the stitches into the fabric and finishes off the seam appearance. I always sew with the ironing press on beside me.

You may still be unhappy with the seam result after doing all this - if you enjoy sewing then consider shopping for a higher quality machine - there is a difference in stitching quality between a $400 and $2,000 machine. You could always take a piece of your fabric to a sewing dealer near you and test sew on a European machine, you should see a difference in the stitching quality.




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I have a question on my Kenmore sewing machine style 385.17626 When I start sewing, after a couple of stitches it starts to bunch up and not feed through. It's a tangled mess of thread and fabric. I'm...


Try using a double strip of tissue paper 1 1/2 x5/8 inch placing it about 3/4 inch under edge of fabric and middle of seam allowance. Start stitching on the tissue paper and continue onto the fabric to the end of seam. After that remove the tissue. You can also hold both threads and slightly pull them when you first begin the seam to help them reach the back feed dogs.

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