Machine not sewing, fabric does not move underneath the pressurefoot
I broke my needle sometime back n since then my machine just is not working (was just fine till then), i guess while sewing somehow the pressurefoot hit the needle and it broke off. i replaced it with a new one but I can't sew anymore. The cloth gets stuck underneath the pressurefoot, I called Euro-Pro and they suggest it could be a timing issue. Can I just fix it myself... I am not sure what the problem is, I checked the needle and it seems to be fine. Any help is much appreciated...
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Re: machine not sewing, fabric does not move underneath...
I guess it depends on how sure you are in taking the unit apart and putting it back together. The timing does sound off, the machine will have to be partially disassembled and and move the gearing a couple of notches forward to put it back in time. If you decide to attempt this repair, make notes or take pictures, so you have step by step minders to put it back together. Also leave the needle off until it is back in time.
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Do you have the same problem when sewing other lighter weight fabrics, like a woven cotton? If so, your machine may be out of time. Search for sewing machine timing or take it for service.
If it only occurs when using felt, then it an issue of using the best tools and supplies that are compatible with felt. Felt is a very dense fabric and could very well be interfering with the performance of your machine. A lighter weight needle may deflect on dense fabric and cause skipped stitches. You probably need to use a heavier needle, ie #14 Sharp, or even a #16. You might look at one that has a larger scarf to shield the thread as it pierces the felt, like a top-stitch needle.
Did you pre-wash the fabric? Sometimes the finish applied at the factory causes problems. Also, be sure to use a ball point needle on knit fabric. Sometimes, using a walking foot, teflon foot, or roller foot will help the fabric move smoother through the machine. It could be that your machine is experiencing a problem with the back-n-forth movement of the stretch stitch. Otherwise, here are more guidelines to review:
The scarf is on the needle itself. It is an indentation on the back of the needle above the needle eye where the thread can sit as the needle penetrates the fabric. As the needle penetrates the fabric, the thread sinks into the indentation thereby resisting fraying or pulling on the thread.
The needle attaches to the bottom of the needle bar. The needle bar is the mechanism that moves up and down to drive the needle through the fabric.
Are the feed dogs up? Can you see them moving?
Sew without fabric and you should see the feed dogs moving back and forth under the needle plate. There may be jammed threads in it if it is not moving. Not sure about your machine but most needles plates either flip up or can be unscrewed to check underneath for clogging.
1.check the needle & see if it's bent--if so replace
2.lay the needle on a flat surface & roll the needle over if it doesn't roll true replace
3.check for blunt needle-if needle makes a popping sound when needle penetrates fabric
4.needle is not all way up in holder
on my mechanical sewing machine sometimes the threads come off the take up lever, that causes the thread to bunch up under something I'm working on
also check thread in bobbin
* Raise your feed dogs if your machine has this feature.
* When 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.
* Your fabric may require a different needle. Generally, heavier fabrics require larger needles and thinner fabrics, smaller needles. You may also need a larger needle if you’re sewing through many layers of fabric. And make sure to use a ballpoint needle for knit fabrics and a sharp needle for woven (or a universal needle for either). And make sure your needle is appropriate for the type of thread you’re using.
* Adjust the pressure of your pressure foot, it may be too light for your fabric.
* If your upper thread and bobbin threads are different types, try using the same thread for both. And use a good quality, brand name thread.
* Change your needle plate. Try switching to a needle plate with a smaller hole (a straight stitch needle plate).
Important Note: If you change your needle plate, check to make sure your needle aligns perfectly with this smaller hole before starting to sew. A misaligned needle could hit the plate and break, which could be dangerous. And make sure to change your needle plate back for zigzag and other wide stitches.
Several things could be happening. It may be the hook/needle timing. Or it could be the feeddogs are not moving (that's the toothy looking part under the presser foot that moves the fabric). Recommend removing thread and bobbin (needle and presser foot). Slowly move the handwheel and put your finger on top of the feeddogs to determine if they are moving back and forth and are high enough to move the fabric. Check to make sure you had not manually lowered the feed dogs. You may need to take it to an authorized Husqvarna Viking dealer for their assistance. You can find the closest dealer at the Husqvarna Viking website - http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us