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Thread: Is this normal?

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    Is this normal?

    Hope I can explain this clearly enough so you can visualize. I noticed while sewing yesterday at a medium speed that the fabric slightly jumps up and down as it approaches the sewing machine needle. It has probably always been this way, but wonder if I need to change needles or the tension. Shouldn't the fabric just calmly and smoothly run along? I have a 3 yr. old Janome 6600. THX

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    Change your needle and see if that makes a difference. Some fabrics with a very tight weave (batiks)can grab the needle a little too.

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    I've noticed when we have a throat-plate that accomodates a zig-zag stitch, the fabric behaves differently than with a plate that works only with a straight stitch.

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    Perhaps change the needle to a smaller needle.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    Now I will be watching to see if my fabric dances or glides!!!
    May the scrap fairy visit your sewing room often

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    Check your feed dogs, are they up? (or down)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Change your needle and see if that makes a difference. Some fabrics with a very tight weave (batiks)can grab the needle a little too.
    I agree - change the needle, but also make sure you are using the correct needle. One that is too small or too large for your fabric will sometimes cause a problem, too. There are also " sharp" needles that have a sharper point than the regular 80/12 that might help with a tightly woven fabric like a batik.

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    In addition to changing your needle, check for lint build up at the feed dogs. Remove the plate covering the feed dogs, and clean out any build up.

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    I second using a straight stitch plate when doing straight seams. I think the larger plate for zig-zagging may cause your fabric to jump. And yep! Check your needle size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    In addition to changing your needle, check for lint build up at the feed dogs. Remove the plate covering the feed dogs, and clean out any build up.
    This is a good idea!

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