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Thread: Can you say Dumb A**

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    I have not been able to sew for a week, thread keeps breaking, skipped stitches, tension not right. I have cleaned the bobbin casing, put in a new needle three times, rethreaded the machine a million times, messed with both upper and lower tension, gave up sending it for repair. Went to sewing room last night to make sure everything was put back on the machine cause I was bringing it somewhere to have it looked at, so I said to myself, self lets just take a look one more time at the manual and see if we can't figure this out and low and behold there is the problem right in front of me. The flat part of the needle faces the rear of the machine. Leave it to me to figure out how to put a sqare peg into a round hole. How was I even getting the needle in? Anyway, my machine is working just fine now and I will go and wipe the mud off my face.

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    Been there done that. When I purchased my first Featherweight, I kept threading from the left to right. DUH, If all else fails read instructions. It is threaded from right to left, No more problems. LOL

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    I once sent my machine to the shop to be repaired...the nice man called and explained that I hadn't threaded the bobbin into the case properly. Just that one thing and the machine was breaking thread and sewing tangled knots on the back of fabric!!! Didn't have the instruction book to check since it was a really old machine. I'm sure though that we weren't the first or last ones to do this. We live and learn and will make some other mistake next time. LOL

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    Don't feel bad, I had a walking foot that came with my machine and when I used it I couldn't figure out why people liked it so much. I wasn't putting the little arm up around the screw that holds the needle in. I felt so dumb. I have to hope even the brightest (of which I certainly don't qualify) of quilters have done crazy things too.

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    I bet we won't make the same mistake twice!!!

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    I'm in the the dumbass club! a few months ago my brand new janome suddenly started making thread nests in the bobbin and making a horrible noise, it wouldn't even pick up the bobbin to bring it to the top, the last thing i had done was use the htread cutter, i love that thing!i took the bobbin area apart as far as i dared to see if i could see what went wrong, for 3 days i cussed and cried waiting for monday so i could take it back to the dealer. patrice said "did you rethread it?" i was very adament that the problem was the thread cutter! i wouldn't even try rethreading. finally on monday afternoon i called to be sure the guy was in, 75 miles away, he said "did you rethread it?" i rolled my eyes and said IT'S THE THREAD CUTTER! he said well let's just try it. so i did, guess what :oops: the thread had come out of the takeup lever. you know patrice enjoyed it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I bet we won't make the same mistake twice!!!
    I will not make the same mistake and everytime I change the needle I will be chuckling and saying flat to the rear dumb dumb.

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    ROL!!! Yip --- been there, done that!

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    Add me to the list! I was having all kinds of birds nests on the back of my embroidery. Took it to the dealer had it cleaned, same problems. Went back, first thing she looked at was my bobbin thread. Instead of using the best thin poly thread, I had somehow slipped in a bobbin from my Janome sewing machine with some crappy linty thread. That's all she had to do! Senior moment! I don't know how I did it, but I keep my embroidery supplies totally separate now from my sewing supplies!

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    I had a Pfaff several years back. The foot lifter would not stay up. Took it to the repair shop waited 13 weeks for them to get the part in. Picked it up went back home ,30 miles, plugged it in and heard a whirring noise. I put it into the car and I was steaming. waiting all that time and now have a new noise. Took it back and was ranting and raving at the salesclerk. She plugged it in and she unengaged the bobbin winder and said."Is that hte noise you heard?" I was so embarrassed that I could have screamed...

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    when i got my new Janome 6600 and i was trying to do a serpentine stitch-it would sew a stitch or two and then sew in place. I had tried this stitch when i got it b/c it was one of the reasons i wanted this machine. well it turns out i had the wrong throat plate on the machine. i had forgotten that there was two plates. DUH!!! I even took it back to the dealer and she set it up and looked at it and told me i had the wrong plate. i was so embarrassed.

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    lol--that is sooooooooooooo me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I bet we won't make the same mistake twice!!!
    I'm afraid you'd lose that bet. :oops:

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    I threaded my Pfaff wrong the other day. I've been using if for a year so how did I forget how to do it. Just a senior moment I guess. At least the machine got a good cleaning out of it.

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    Same issue with my embroidery machine. I was ready to send it in and be charged $124.00 to fix the tension. I found a tiny piece of lint stuck in the bobbin case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    ROL!!! Yip --- been there, done that!
    I had to take mine in for 'repair' to discover my screwup. (Here I would insert the little, red-faced, smiley face, if I knew how.)

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    my pfaff would only sew a few stitches--did the full bit needle change de fluff etc then noticed i had the single pattern button on --yep we have all been there

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    Super Member featherweight's Avatar
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    At least when this happens we have to take time to clean them. Guess that is there way of saying "Hey I need cleaned up and out!!!"

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    It took me quite a lot of snarled and broken thread to figure out that to correctly mount the bobbin in my "new to me" Bernina, I needed to open the little latch. Not sure how I got it to work correctly the first two or three times I changed the bobbin.

    I later had a moment of heart failure when it would not advance the fabric at all - checked that I didn't have it set to wind bobbins, moved the feed dogs up and down, dismantled and re-cleaned... then remembered that I had set the stitch length to 0 in order to end a seam. DUH. Runs great now!

    Cheers, K

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    We shouldn't feel so bad that we have to take them to the dealers for our flubups...without us they wouldn't have jobs!!!! LOL

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    glad you figured it out, saved yourself some cash, now go shopping.
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    I just did that same stupid thing about having the flat of the needle the wrong way. Thank God for the instruction book, huh!!!??? Now I'm having the same problem as someone else....my decorative stitches are standing still and making quite a mess of thread nests. I think mine might be the plate too, but I only got one and it says nothing about a different plate. So, let me join this dumb*** club!!
    Oh...as I was cleaning my maching last night, I saw this hole under the bobbin plate that I put a drop of oil in every couple quilts. It was filled with "lint" so I dug and dug and dug to get it out when all at once the whole "wick" came out!!! Guess it's supposed to stay there, so put it back in. LOL!!

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    Ok here's my duh moment. I had just received my new Janome 6500 a few years ago and was so excited. Had it all threaded and ready to go to a class that weekend. During the class, I ran out of bobbin thread so my friend let me have one of hers so I wouldn't have to stop and wind a bobbin. Well my machine would not work right after that! Tried rethreading, thread kept breaking. Even called my dealer and he walked me through everything he could think of over the phone. I finally just had to sit there while the class continued. The frustration factor was off the scale. I took the machine to the dealer (a 200 mile one way trip) and it turned out to be the bobbin. My friend was using a Brother and apparently Janomes and Brothers do not like to swap bobbins! Talk about feeling stupid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I threaded my Pfaff wrong the other day. I've been using if for a year so how did I forget how to do it. Just a senior moment I guess. At least the machine got a good cleaning out of it.
    LOL I have a similar situation. I have been threading my machine wrong for a year. I just found this out the other day when I "swore" up and down that the kids had messed my tension up something crazy. I rethreaded, changed the tension, nothing changed, so I finally rethreaded and looked at the manual. the whole nine yards.
    Put the presser foot down you will have tension, rethread the machine according to the manual and it will be right. Im my defense I threaded according to the quick start poster for a year and it is different than the manual. still worked either way though.

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    Some of the biggest problems have the simplist solutions !! At least you found it yourself. I would be proud :thumbup:

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