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    I just got a new Elna, and I am noticing that my fabric is having hard time sewing straight unless i really hold it tight. Does needle size do this? Or the thread is not good?

    anyone else have this problem?

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    the presser foot may not have enough pressure on it, there is a thing on the top of your machine at least there should be to adjust it if it isn't set properly.

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    its set to 3, max i can go.

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    it could be too tight then,

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    Is your presser foot on correctly? Mine can look ok, but not be seated properly before I tighten the screw. I put the foot on and then barely tighten it, then I lower the presser foot and finish tightening it up. This way I know it is on so that it helps feed the fabric in properly :wink:

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    ok i will check.. :)

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    i had a 90/14 needle in, and my pressure was on 3, soI adjusted the needle to a 80/12 and change pressure to 2.5. it seems to help a bit. I was also using "cheaper" hancocks fabric, That could have also been the problem. It was very thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrazygirl
    I just got a new Elna, and I am noticing that my fabric is having hard time sewing straight unless i really hold it tight. Does needle size do this? Or the thread is not good?

    anyone else have this problem?
    This sounds like a problem with the feed dogs. Try sewing other fabrics. If they pull to one side or another, I would recommend taking the sewing machine back to the dealer for adjustments.

    Silky fabrics can "wiggle", but when piecing quilting cottons they should feed evenly with very little help from you.

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    i think it was the needle size, i lowered it and it seems to be better. I will call the dealer though on Monday.

    thanks

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    Is your bobbin wound tightly enough? Unless your bobbin is wound evenly and tightly it could cause wiggly problems. If your machine is new I'd take it back to the dealer before the warranty is over.

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    I called my sweet dealer. She suggested a more powerful machine since I do alot of sewing. She suggested the elna 7300 or the elna straight sticch

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    I called my sweet dealer. She suggested a more powerful machine since I do alot of sewing. She suggested the elna 7300 or the elna straight sticch

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    An 80/12 is still a big needle for piecing - what weight thread do you use? I would use a 75/11 with a 50 or 60 wt thread.

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    that is a cop out, you shouldn't have to upgrade to get a machine that works, a lot here do a lot of work on the most basic of machines, taking advantage of a machine that doesn't work properly to sell a higher end machine is a crappy way to do business. if they knew that to start with why wasn't that machine or something similar suggested at the time you purchased this one?

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    Any machine should feed two layers of fabric through without you doing anything but guiding it.
    I think I'd call that dealer something but not sweet.

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    I've heard a lot of people (maybe a grand total of 5) say they had to send their new machine back for adjustments.

    Jois

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    I dont sew thru two layers of fabric. I sew thru several layers, mostly fusible fleece and home decor. shes not trying to sell me a fancier machine actually, I am thinking of just going with a Straight stitch which costs the same amount as the the elna 6600 and that will plow thru leather if I so desire.

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    I'm sorry, I assumed you were piecing patchwork. Hence my comment regarding the needle. I'm sure the other ladies were only trying to offer you help and advice, as was I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Is your presser foot on correctly? Mine can look ok, but not be seated properly before I tighten the screw. I put the foot on and then barely tighten it, then I lower the presser foot and finish tightening it up. This way I know it is on so that it helps feed the fabric in properly :wink:
    good idea.

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    i have done all of this. :(

    machine is going back.

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