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Only sewing 1 side of the zig-zag

I am trying to sew with a stitch width of 3. The needle goes down fine on the left, then when it goes down on the right, the needle just goes in and out, leaving a hole but no thread through it... it winds up looking like a row of straight stitches on the left, but only holes in the fabric on the right. Please help- I am getting very frustrated and thinking that my foray into sewing was a bad idea.... Thanks! Koren

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Could be top thread tension is too high. Switch to a straight stitch and reduce tension until top thread starts to appear on bottom. Then go back to zig/zag and see if it sews properly.


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http://www.jo-ann.com/joann/product/images/52659.jsp?CATID=cat3122&PRODID=prd11333

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I think you should try and get an instruction manual for your machine. After a lengthy search of my usual manual sources, I've determined that that this may not be so easy. I think you should contact White on their 800 number and let them try and help you... 1-800-331-3164.

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