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Thread: Sewing machine not sewing!

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    My sewing machine will not sew stitches. The top thread and lower thread are not connecting. The top thread catches on the little lever thingy in the bobbin housing. I have changed the needle 2x, Re-threaded 250 x, cleaned out the bobbin housing. Turned off and on. Plugged in, plugged out. Changed thread. Oiled. Don't know what else to do?
    Suggestions?

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    You do not mention what kind of machine you have or the kind/type of needles you are using.

    It has been my experience that when this happens the machine has jumped time and needs a trip to the tech.


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    Here's some trouble shooting ideas at: http://sewandserge.com/tshoot.asp

    another at: http://www.fixya.com/support/t162581...ng_quit_sewing

    found different ones doing a search for you and it sounds like you might have the wrong bobbin in, turned wrong or just not right in the winding process....keep us posted! Skeat

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    You do not mention what kind of machine you have or the kind/type of needles you are using.

    It has been my experience that when this happens the machine has jumped time and needs a trip to the tech.

    Ah-oh! Let's hope not!:)That would be really sad!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    You do not mention what kind of machine you have or the kind/type of needles you are using.

    It has been my experience that when this happens the machine has jumped time and needs a trip to the tech.
    i have an elna 7000 and i use schemetz needles.

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    Thanks Skeat.
    I looked up both sites and I think they confirm what crashnquilt says.
    Thanks a bunch CQ. I will have to get out old reliable "featherweight".
    I'm hoping to get my Doll quilt in the mail tomorrow.

    Bettia

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    It sounds like your machine is out of sinc between the needle and bobbin parts. Does your machine thread itself or do you do it? You said you had changed threads so you probably threaded the machine right. Is the bobbin in the bobbin cast turning the right way? Or, is there a tiny piece of a needle tip or a wad of thread stuck deep in the bobbin/stitching housing?

    If you have done all that is possible and it still doesn't work, I would say it needs to go to the repairman.

    Our sewing machine repairman gives his customers a break. If we pay him $35-45 and he will look through and clean the entire machine. If it needs something fixed with new parts, he always calls first. He adjusts everything for that $35-40 dollars. Then on top of that, if the machine stops working during the entire next 12 months, he fixes it for free.

    Hope it doesn't need too much work. Does a neighbor have a machine you can barrow until your's is fixed? Later, Gwyn

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    Check to see if your feed dogs are down, if so, raise them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyn
    It sounds like your machine is out of sinc between the needle and bobbin parts. Does your machine thread itself or do you do it? You said you had changed threads so you probably threaded the machine right. Is the bobbin in the bobbin cast turning the right way? Or, is there a tiny piece of a needle tip or a wad of thread stuck deep in the bobbin/stitching housing?

    If you have done all that is possible and it still doesn't work, I would say it needs to go to the repairman.

    Our sewing machine repairman gives his customers a break. If we pay him $35-45 and he will look through and clean the entire machine. If it needs something fixed with new parts, he always calls first. He adjusts everything for that $35-40 dollars. Then on top of that, if the machine stops working during the entire next 12 months, he fixes it for free.




    Hope it doesn't need too much work. Does a neighbor have a machine you can barrow until your's is fixed? Later, Gwyn

    Thanks Gwen. I'm just going to take it in to the repairman maybe on Saturday. It needs a good cleaning anyway. Wish I could find a repairman like yours.

    Thanks again,
    Bettia
    I do have a spare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Check to see if your feed dogs are down, if so, raise them.
    Thanks sewnsewer, I just checked and they are up.

    Bettia

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