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Old 06-29-2013, 11:51 AM
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I recently bought a fairly new Brother PC420 sewing machine and really love it....except I seem to continually
be catching my material in the feed dogs and warning sign comes on and I have to take up throat plate. I have a feeling it may have to do with bobbin. Anyone else out there have this problem and know the solution? Thanks Cheryl
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:10 PM
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Use leaders and enders, ie. just sew a small piece of fabric before and after you start sewing.
You can keep using the same piece of fabric several times. You also save thread that way.
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I always hold down the thread ends with my left hand when starting to sew. Keeps thread from being pulled into the hole and tangling. Some newer machines do not require holding ends, but many still do.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:52 PM
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If you're sure the bobbin is inserted in the correct position/direction, and the two prior ladies suggestions don't work, I find on my Brother that if I put just a little pressure on the fabric (pulling towards me), the feed dogs grab better. Hope that makes sense . . .
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:16 PM
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Do you have a brother bobbin in the machine? My brother is very temperamental and will only work smoothly with brother bobbins,
Also try changing make f thread and see what happens. Some machines again like certain makes.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:47 AM
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I would like to thank everyone for your suggestions. I'm thinking, need brother bobbin. Now to find some the right size.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:52 AM
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The solution may be as simple as changing your needle or changing your needle type. A dull needle has a tendency to push the fabric instead of going thru the fabric. I have also found that universal needles just don't work as well as regular sharp needles.
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Do as easypeezy say's. I use leaders before I sew and after I sew. Works wonderful for me. Try it. And I also, change my needles, after so long of a period for sewing.
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Brothers machines only like Brother bobbins. I don't have that problem with my Brothers but if you hold the threads in the back, that should help the problem.
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If nothing else has worked, here's one more thing to try. Do you have the zigzag plate installed? If so, the larger needle hole makes it easier for fabric to get pushed down inside. Try switching to the straight-stitch plate.

By the way, when I have to use the straight-stitch plate, I put a post-it note on the machine to remind me to change back.

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