I've been sewing with velvet. My machine is quite new and been used only a couple of times. It was it's usual silent self, sewing away happily this evening then, as I started a new piece with a new thread, it became noisy on sewing. I've tried other bobbins and threads (including what I was previously using), changed the needle and can't see any trapped threads, nor was there a sign of any. If I unthread the machine it is quiet, threaded it's noisy as if it has a blunt needle but it hasn't, it's from a new packet and appropriate for the velvet material. I can't beleive such a new machine has a problem nor one that is silent sewing when unthreaded. I've checked the manual and have threaded correctly. Any suggestions? Thanks. SB.
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What kind of velvet? Poly-based fabrics often require ball-point needles to avoid pulls. For apparel weight velvet (something I'd make a skirt with), I'd probably use at least an 90, possibly heavier. For really heavy, upholstery-weight, I'd use my walking-foot machine and a 100-110 (often used for jeans). But I'm sure I'd want to bind all of the seams on my serger, I often bind after sewing the regular seams, but for very heavy fabrics I'd bind first (just run up all of the edges of each piece before sewing seams).
Hope this helps.
not quite sure how needle is jamming. I have had them break, had thread ball up underneath and caused needle to jam. Question is the needle in the right way, ie the flat side in as per manual, generally the flat side faces away from you. Sounds like your tension is not quite right if the thread is looping. Loops on bottom, bobbin tension, on top sewing machine tension
Almost every time this will be due to the machine being not threaded correctly. I've been sewing for 45 years and still mis-thread my machine occasionally. It's also possible that the bobbin thread didn't seat quite right when you put in the bobbin. Or, I've had mine do that if I didn't quite get the presser foot lever down completely. (working with heavy fabrics usually)
If that is not the case here, try replacing your needle with a new one, as it might have developed a small burr, and be certain that it's the correct needle for the fabric. Sometimes it can also be that the needle is in backwards. Also, cleaning it, (the bobbin area), out thoroughly by using a soft brush and some canned air can do wonders for it. Then use a drop or two of sewing machine oil where your manual indicates it to go in that area.
If none of that fixes the problem, let me know and I'll see if there is a problem specific to your machine that can happen.
You have to keep the presser foot in the UP position in order to thread it properly. If presser foot is in DOWN position when threading, the thread cannot fall correctly into the tension discs. Needle nice and new? Inserted all the way up as far as it can possibly go in the needle bar groove? Flat side toward back and thread inserted into the eye of the needle front to back? Feed dogs cleaned of broken thread? If bobbin thread is problem, it's a threading issue. Did you actually put your threaded needle down into the needle hole and make a loop with your bobbin thread? Quite fixable. Relax, have a cup of tea and get away from machine for a good minute, then check all the things I just mentioned. Then you will be sewing happily in no time. Jimmy
here are somethings to try, 1. change the needle--flat side goes to the back of the machine 2. check the tension see if it's too tight,,usually 4 to 5 is good 3. rethread the machine top thread & bobbin area 4. check to see if there are any burrs on the needle plate where the feed dogs are (teeth area) 5. you said that you made a comforter for your husband using thick fabric,,some sewing machine are not good at sewing comforters & other heavy fabric,, it's possible that the machine is out of time, which means it will not sew good & mess up,, which means it needs to be serviced by a repair shop technican to see if it is out of time.
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Hi. Your manual will tell you where to oil your machine, or if it's self-oiling (in which case you don't oil it). If you've lost your manual, check with http://www.mastersewusa.com/menu-singer_iinstructional.htm; they have your manual. I wrote a small tip on oiling your machine, too.
Be sure to use good sewing machine oil in your machine. You can get it at any fabric store or order it online. One of my favorite online stores for sewing supplies is Nancy's Notions (http://www.nancysnotions.com/).
Whether or not your machine is self-oiling, be sure to keep the lint cleaned out of the bobbin area. You can use a small brush (even a little paint brush works nicely) and just brush all the bits of lint out. A good habit to get into is to brush all the lint out when you go to put your machine away after each use.
Since you're new to sewing, here's a couple more things that are good to know:
Use good quality thread. Protect your thread supplies from dust and sunlight. Old or cheap thread breaks easily and gives off more lint.
Use a new needle with each project you sew and make sure you use the right size needle and thread for what you're sewing. I wrote a quick guide about which needle to use with what fabric.
Most problems you experience with your machine can be solved by rethreading your machine or changing the needle.
This I do quit often, just pull the shirt away from under the foot as you go, pause the machine every now and then and readjust the position of the shirt, it is time consumming but it really works and using the correct stabilizer with spray on glue as well as the plastic stabilizer on tob, (pin this very tight on top of the shirt) you get a beautiful result.