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Thread: Crooked stitches when sewing a straight stitch??

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    Senior Member ploverwi2's Avatar
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    Crooked stitches when sewing a straight stitch??

    My Janome 6600 has suddenly started making crooked stitches. They look kind of like tiny zig zag stitches. Things I have tried:
    Cleaned bobbin area, changed needle to new sharp point one, adjusted top tension, have same thread in top and bobbin. Have any of you had this issue? I hope it doesn't need repair. I take very good care of it. This is so frustrating. I hope someone can help fix the problem with advice.
    Karen from Appleton, Wisconsin

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    I don't have a Janome, but I have managed to "change" my stitch without realizing it. Make sure you are set for a straight stitch. If that's OK, I would turn it off and on again to reset. Good luck. It's no fun having a sick baby.

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    ​Try tightening the tension on your bobbin. That is what my dealer advised when my Bernina started to have the bobbin thread not quite straight. It worked.

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    Thanks, I think I will unplug it for a while and then see what happens, when I turn it on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Patti25314 View Post
    I don't have a Janome, but I have managed to "change" my stitch without realizing it. Make sure you are set for a straight stitch. If that's OK, I would turn it off and on again to reset. Good luck. It's no fun having a sick baby.
    Karen from Appleton, Wisconsin

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    Do you have a straight stitch plate on? Sometimes if I'm using the plate for the zigzag I get uneven stitching.

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    Change thread brand as well, when you change the needle. Some machines just don't play well with some of the threads out there. Yours may have 'personality' conflicts!

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    after going through a lot of work with my bobbin and thread tensions, I found this video that was very helpful:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c65LC6qgm7I
    It addresses how to properly load a bobbin on a top-loading (drop-in) machine... apparently my bobbin thread was not properly engaging, which occurred more easily when the machine got older. The result was crooked stitches, especially on the bottom.

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    I always rethread my machine first thing. I also loosen the thread tension as far as it will go and then I use dental floss to clean out any pieces of thread that might be stuck in there. I hope you have good luck figuring it out by yourself.

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    Wow, you all are so smart! I'd have never thought of half these ideas. This board is such a wonderful source of information!
    As much as I hate it, my seam ripper is my best friend.

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    ......just general, routine maintenance guidelines.

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    Are you using the dual feed foot? I notice I get tiny stitches if I forget to
    engage the dual feed.

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    Increase the pressure on your pressure foot.

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