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I use a D! . The bobin winder is very tempermentl. Most of the time it refuses to work, making it very difficult to fill the bobbin. I have had it fixed twice, the last time a year ago. Also when using the automatic scissor the bobbin thread doed not come up automatically, causing me to rethread the bobbin each time. And the automaric needle hreader does not work , this also was "fixed" a year ago. Thanks for your comments. Pauline

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Sorry to hear you are having so many irritating problems with your lovely machine, Pauline. This is going to get long, so please bear with me. It sounds like your bobbins are wound too tight and that is why the bobbin thread is popping back down into its hole and not being taken up by the thread when you sew. This happens to me only when I am embroidering and my solution is to keep a pair of tweezers handy. If I can see a tiny bit of the bobbin through the feed dog hole, grab it and pull out about 1/2", this should be enough to make the machine pick it up. Otherwise, remove the bobbin case cover and pull out some thread. Take it to the bobbin thread cutter but don't use the cutter. Just leave about 1/4" hanging outside before replacing the bobbin cover.
Here is my method for winding bobbins.Important: reduce machine speed by at least two clicks. Put bobbin on spindle and carefully push it down into position. Flip the spool pin out so it is at a right angle to the machine, make sure the larger spool holder is on the bottom. Place the thread on this pin so that the thread spools off from the right-hand side. Take thread end down the right-hand side and then under the silver thread guide that is just below the tension disks, then around and over the top and over to the next bobbin winding thread guide (this makes a sort of half figure-of-eight around the silver guide). Thread goes under the next guide (sort of hook under the thread spindle), over the next silver guide and over the top of the bobbin. Wind it firmly around the bobbin about four times, cut the end with the cutter beside the bobbin winder and let the end hang. Press On button. The wound bobbin should have a slight springy touch - should not be hard, nor loose and spongey. Hard means it is too tight. If it is hard and tight, omit the figure-of-eight winding as instructed above and just wind it around the first silver guide in the usual manner i.e. around the left-hand side, under the guide and over to the next guide. You could purchase a side-winder bobbin winding machine for a fairly small outlay if you think that would suit you better. I own one but rarely use it, finding them fiddly and with a not very satisfactory bobbin at the end, plus it's another gadget to have on the table and requiring a power point. I can live without it LOL!
Needle threaders seem to be either in the "Works" or "Doesn't Work" category. I have no trouble at all with mine, but I know lots of other Des.1 owners who do. It may need re-setting again - sorry! - but once it is fixed, here is how it should work and how to keep it "in trim". If you, like me, do not have excellent eyesight, get hold of a magnifying glass. You won't need it for every time you use the threader but you need to see clearly just what is happening. Push the needle up/down button once (needle descends), then again (needle comes up). It is now in the perfect position for threading. Lower the threader lever - a very fine wire hook should go through the needle's eye. You need to do this slowly and carefully. If the wire crashes against the back of the needle, it bends and will no longer go where it should. You can straighten the wire to some extent if needed. Needles smaller than 75 are difficult to thread - the wire barely fits through the eye unless it is a special metallic or similar needle with an enlarged eye. Once the hook is through the eye, bring the thread down and around the left-hand side of the flat hook on the left of the threader, under the hook and across to the needle. I like to gently lean the thread against the tip of the needle (hard when you can't see it, so wear your glasses or use the magnifying glass, but becomes easier with practice) then slide it up until it is under the wire poking through the needle's eye. At this point, gently release the needle threader. Don't let go suddenly and have it whizz back up inside the machine. You are trying to gently draw the thread back through the eye. There will be a little loop at the back of the needle which you grab and tug until the thread end is through.
Good luck, Pauline and I hope that some of the foregoing will be helpful to you.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010

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