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Sewing machine My sewing machine seams to be off somewhere. The problem is when I start to sew the needle will hit or grind the inside of the machine pass the foot. Is there any way I can fix it without taking it to get repaired?

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  • E088598 Nov 25, 2007

    I bent a needle and now it won't pick up the bobbin thead and when it does the stitch are not complete I have a White 2200

  • getting by Mar 12, 2008

    I am having the same problem, only my needle wasn't bent. It broke. Then it wouldn't pick up the bobbin thread, now the timing seems to be off & it keeps hitting the bottom.



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I have an empisal and was having similar problems as well as the machine making the most horrendous noise, sounded like the machine was going to explode into pieces. I took the top cover off and the cover over the clutch. I found 2 belts and it was the bottom belt that was making the noise. I took it out and saw it looked like a pulley, I oiled it, put it back. The machine works like a brand new one.

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Change the needle. I broke 3 the first time I used it. I keep packages of needles around. Apparently this is a problem with all embroidery machings according to a Bernina expert.

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My machine will not sew what do i do??

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If you are trying to sew something pretty heavy then this can cause breakages too as the machine may struggle to pierce through 6 layers of denim when you cross another seam. For example, hemming jeans, when you stitch over the side seams, your machine is trying to pierce probably 7 layers, the leg, plus the felled seam turned twice. It will struggle. You can help it by using a "Jeans-a-jig" a little plastic device you hold in front to get the foot up over the lump and give it grip. But take it really slow and sew one stitch at a time.

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* Check your pressure foot and make sure it’s attached securely.

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* Don’t sew over pins a needle that hits a pin can break. Always remove the pins from your fabric before they reach your needle.

* Don’t pull your fabric as you sew. You could be bending your needle back, causing it to hit your needle plate instead of going into the hole. Just guide your fabric, letting it feed on its own.

* Check your needle plate and make sure it's securely in position.

* Change your needle plate. If you’ve been using a straight stitch needle plate (a plate with a small hole, often used for sewing fine, delicate fabrics), switch to a needle plate with a wider hole.

* Check the position of your needle. Sewing machines with zigzag capability allow you to adjust the position of your needle – right, left, or center. If your needle is not positioned correctly, it may be hitting your needle plate or pressure foot.

* Un-thread your machine and remove your bobbin. Clean any loose thread or lint out of your
bobbin case. Re-thread your machine, reinsert and re-thread your bobbin.

* Change your bobbin. There could be a nick along the edge of your bobbin spool that’s catching your thread as you sew.

Also, before you start to sew a seam, hold the upper and bobbin thread tails. Hold them back
and out of the way as you sew your first couple of stitches. This will keep them from getting
caught in your machine.

I hope these solutions help you.


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