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    Senior Member CindyinNY's Avatar
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    Did my sewing machine have to mess up!!

    I've been making placemats for a friend for a Christmas gift. If I do say so myself, the piecing is pretty good for a beginner but for some reason my sewing machine will not let me stitch in the ditch!!!! It did when I made the table runner!!
    I'm afraid I've made a mess of two of them trying. I'm so discouraged. :(

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    exactly what happened? tension problems, staying in the ditch problems? maybe we can figure it out.

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    They never pick a good time to mess up!! It's always when we are in the middle of something. That's why I have 2 of them. When was the last time you cleaned and oiled your machine. Sometimes it can be as simple as that.

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    How frustrating. Won't it stitch? Give us more info.

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    I don't know what happened really. The stitches on the back are soooooooooooo small that I can't even rip them out. It's puckering too. I've played with my tensions so much that I think it's all messed up.
    HOWEVER, when I take a piece of one of the top fabrics and make a sandwhich, it sews great.

    I don't have a quilting machine, all I have is my Brother sewing machine but like I said, it did the runner just fine. Why not the place mats?????????? Same batting too. So much work and a lot of money invested. I could have bought her a set cheaper!

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    my first guess is that for some reason the feed dogs are not moving the bottom fabric thru...that assumes of course that the top stitches look fairly normal...did you by any chance drop the feed dogs and forget to raise them again? what is the difference between the bottom fabric and the top fabric - any difference at all? are you using a walking foot to do this stitching?

    Quote Originally Posted by CindyinNY
    I don't know what happened really. The stitches on the back are soooooooooooo small that I can't even rip them out. It's puckering too. I've played with my tensions so much that I think it's all messed up.
    HOWEVER, when I take a piece of one of the top fabrics and make a sandwhich, it sews great.

    I don't have a quilting machine, all I have is my Brother sewing machine but like I said, it did the runner just fine. Why not the place mats?????????? Same batting too. So much work and a lot of money invested. I could have bought her a set cheaper!

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    Cindy, try this and see if it helps.

    Reset your machine; totally turn it off and then turn it on and set the stiches all over again.

    check the tension

    use a NEW needle

    check the thread to make sure it isn't catching on something at the top of the machine. maybe the thread thingy to keep a spool on is not allowing the spool to rotate.

    rethread your machine. maybe the thread wrapped around the part that goes up and down

    Rewind a new bobbin. If it loaded uneveningly it will not work right.

    is your feeddog up?

    is there something wrong with your stitch in the ditch foot? sometimes they get stuck and won't stitch right. mine needs to be messed with a little then its ok.

    Somewhere along the line it will go back to working again. If your machine hasn't been serviced in a year or so, it may be time to get that done too. Alignment is a must. But check all of the above before running out for service.
    Maybe now is a good time for a quick swig before going back to your machine. And it wouldn't hurt to tell your girl how much you love and need her right now. And that she's a wonderful friend to you. bla bla bla. Go heavy on that. LOL

    I hope you get back on track real soon. Let us know what makes it all better.

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    [quote=ktbb]my first guess is that for some reason the feed dogs are not moving the bottom fabric thru...that assumes of course that the top stitches look fairly normal...did you by any chance drop the feed dogs and forget to raise them again? what is the difference between the bottom fabric and the top fabric - any difference at all? are you using a walking foot to do this stitching?

    Yes, the top stitches look fine. My feet dogs don't raise and lower, I only have a reg. machine. There is no difference between the top and bottom fabric, both are cotton........good quality fabric from a quilt shop.
    No, I don't own a walking foot. I didn't have one when I made my runner either, that's why I thought I could do the placemats. I'm only doing stitch in the ditch.

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    Try rethreading machine. Check the bobbin, may have some lint or a small piece thread caught. Also, try using longer stitch. Hope you get things working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubblegum0077
    Cindy, try this and see if it helps.

    Reset your machine; totally turn it off and then turn it on and set the stiches all over again.

    check the tension

    use a NEW needle

    check the thread to make sure it isn't catching on something at the top of the machine. maybe the thread thingy to keep a spool on is not allowing the spool to rotate.

    rethread your machine. maybe the thread wrapped around the part that goes up and down

    Rewind a new bobbin. If it loaded uneveningly it will not work right.

    is your feeddog up?

    is there something wrong with your stitch in the ditch foot? sometimes they get stuck and won't stitch right. mine needs to be messed with a little then its ok.

    Somewhere along the line it will go back to working again. If your machine hasn't been serviced in a year or so, it may be time to get that done too. Alignment is a must. But check all of the above before running out for service.
    Maybe now is a good time for a quick swig before going back to your machine. And it wouldn't hurt to tell your girl how much you love and need her right now. And that she's a wonderful friend to you. bla bla bla. Go heavy on that. LOL

    I hope you get back on track real soon. Let us know what makes it all better.
    Turning the machine off and on won't do anything, it's just a reggular sewing machine, not computerized. Feed dogs don't lower or raise either.
    I bought new cotton thread, I don't have a "stitch in the ditch foot", have never heard of it.
    Only thing I can do is try to rip out the first two and maybe try hand quilting.......never done it before and my hand sewing is not very good.
    Maybe I should just give it up and go buy her something else. I sooooo wanted her to have these as the fabric has pink grapes and her kitchen has a border with them on it.

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