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Re: machine will not zigzag
The hook is located where your bobbin is. Remove the bobbin and place your machine in the most extreme zigzag position. Turn the wheel manually and watch the needle when it goes into the bobbin area. The hook (sharp) should pick up the upper thread. If it doesn't then you will most likely need to advance the hook slightly. If you don't know how there are good instructions that are free in the internet.
Depends on what kind of machine you have. Most of the time incorrect threading is the problem. The needle may be not be tightened in properly, or you may not have selected the correct sequence for zig-zag. Hope this helped a little.
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You really do not need a straight stitch needle plate because you can sew straight or zigzag stitches with the plate that came with your machine. Biggest advantage is that you do not have to change the plate to sew. Many people forgot to change it and broke needles when sewing zigzag.
If your machine was made to be straight-stitch only, you cannot change that. However, a straight-stitch machine usually makes the best straight stitch of all. Machines with zig-zag capability tend to make a not-so straight straight stitch . (Good for quilt piecing!)
I can't tell whether you mean straight stitching and then turning your work 180 degrees to stitch atop the straight stitches in zig-zag, or continuing around the corner of your straight stitched side using zig-zag. But you can do either. You can mix up straight and zig-zag stitching at will.
Just ease up to a stop, ensuring the needle is positioned down inside the work when you stop.
Lift the foot.
Adjust to your desired stitch setting.
Lower the foot.
Turn the wheel toward you manually to ensure the stitches will be placed where you want them, and
Slowly engage the power again (via foot or thigh lever).
I am willing to bet that your sewing machine's computer battery has died. A lot of people don't realize that these machines are computers... there is a small battery in all computers it has to be replaced now and then. (I think they call it an "eprom" battery.)
Btw.. I would NOT have paid 4 times for servicing on the same problem. If they didn't' fix it the first time... they can try again... but I won't pay for nothing.
1. The needle is not inserted correctly
Remove needle & reinsert needle( flat side towards the back of machine)
2. The needle is damaged
replace with new needle
3. The wrong size needle is being used
Choose a needle to suit the thread & fabric
4. The foot not attached correctly
Check & attach correctly
The guy is right, dust kills the moving parts. try oiling the shaft that holds the needle up about 1/2 way and then run on straight stitch with no thread to work in oil, do this several times till you feel that it runs smoothly and you have a little movement side to side as this is necessary for your zig-zag. if that does not work it may be a cam or belt in the top part that needs replacing and you will need the repair to tell you that. I asked them to give me a quote before any work was done so I knew what I was up against. I love my machine so it was worth the 200.00 to get the parts replaced. It will sew anything cause it is a older model with metal rather than plastic parts. hope this helps good luck
NEEDLE BAR HEIGHT
With the pattern selector dial set at maximum zigzag width and when the point of the rotary hook exactly meets the right side of the needle in ascending travel of the needle bar from its lowest position, at the right needle drop position, the distance between the upper edge of the needle eye and the race of the rotary hook should be 3.3 ± 0.3 mm.
You also need to look at the timing
With the needle bar swung to the right at the maximum zigzag width, the amount of ascending travel of the needle bar from its lower position to the position where the tip of the rotary hook exactly meets the right side of the needle should be 1.7 ± 0.3 mm.