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Thread: Really frustrated

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    I'm trying to make my first quilt ever. I'm looking at buying a new machine but thought I'd be able to at least start learning on my Singer. The tension was all wonky and I finally got it set right and starting sewing blocks. Then the bobbin ran out of thread so I rewound it and then the tension was off again. I didn't touch any of the tension settings. The part of the machine that holds the bobbin acts like it is loose and while it is supposed to be an easy drop in bobbin, I am having a great deal of trouble getting the bobbin in and out. It is like it is catching on something.

    Argh, maybe I should just go pick up a new machine and see how far I can throw this one!

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    Do you have a manual for your machine? When you drop your bobbin , there is also a little hook on the bobbin case , to hook your thread around.

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    what is the type machine? what does the manual say about the bobbin? sometimes it is as easy as re-threading.

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    I have a "basic" singer too -- and man is it tempermental!


    I was having the same issue - having to adjust the tension every few inches of sewing.

    3 Things have helped:
    1) unthread the entire "beast" and drag out the manual and rethread - i was doing two things wrong, and had been doing them wrong from 2+ years!
    2)make sure the bobbins are wound TIGHT -- there were a couple that wound loose on the "automatic" thingamajig - and those bobbins would fight me the entire time
    3)change the needle (found out from the boards) -- it sounds crazy, but it really does help.

    I'm saving up to get a machine I can do free-motion with...

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    I have rethreaded it several times. It is a Singer 2662. It is like the bobbin case is moving around when it shouldn't be. I had my dh come and look at it and he popped it back into place and get started and the tension is off again. I get it fixed, start sewing and then I hear a thunk and it is off again. Then I look and I cannot get the bobbin out. I keep having to get my dh to get it out with a screwdriver.

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    I'll try changing the needle. At this point I'll try anything.

    I'll try another bobbin too.

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    It can be so frustrating I know :( But Jetnica gave good advice. Get the manual out, change the needle, make sure bobbin is wound good (tight), re-thread. Lots of times those things "fix" whatever was causing the problem. My machine sometimes will keep telling me to check my top thread. I have found out it is nothing to do with top thread but if I just take my bobbin out and drop it back in it will finish sewing just fine. Some machines are more tempermental than others, true, but you can have problems with any type machine. So if you learn to fix the one you have you will be "king".

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    are you taking the whole bobbin casing out or just the bobbin? You mentioned DH using a screwdriver.

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    I am just trying to take the bobbin out. But the casing is not allowing that. Dh has been using the screwdriver to pry the bobbin out of the casing because it keeps getting stuck.

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    Sumpin' don't sound quite right...and the manual is going to be really important, I'm thinkin'. Sorry, I don't have this machine model... did you get the machine new or acquire it used...and has it been okay up till now?

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    I have the machine manual but it sucks to be honest. Not getting a whole lot of info out of it. I bought the machine new but it is has been sitting unused for a while.

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    Berries, I PM'd you

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    I think I would clean and oil/lubricate the machine since it has been sitting for awhile. In addition changing the needle, rewinding bobbins tightly and rethreading with the thread coming off the spool in the correct direction according to the manual.

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    When I have problems with my singer, I unthread everything,and start over. It seems to help.

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    It's amazing how much difference a really good machine can make. I went from a 1958 Montgomery Wards mechanical machine to a 2000 Pfaff computerized machine. Amazing! I could sew a straight seam afterall! Go buy a decent machine. It doesn't have to be an expenisve machine, there are plenty of reasonably priced, good machines out there.

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    You may consider the thread you are using - some machines are partial to what kind you use.

    My "basic" Singer machine hates 100% cotton thread. I used a full bobbin and 1/2 of another wound with cotton thread - then my machine locked up several times - I rewound bobbins - rethreaded machine - changed needle - then I switched back to polyester thread and it works just fine. I don't know why I could sew with the cotton thread for that long before the machine threw a hissy fit. I was just happy to figure out it was thread causing the problem.

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    Go buy you a new machine. After you decide on the one that you will buy, don't buy it. Buy the machine that is one upgrade model from it. Settle up not down and you will have a better value over time and will thank yourself every time you use it.

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    If your machine has been setting for sometime, it most likely needs to be cleaned. My type of mechincial object
    gets gunky when left unused. My grandfather clock was left unwound for several months while we did some remodeling
    when I got it back place it would no work. After a good cleaning it works fine now.
    Anyting man made needs a good cleaning once in a while.

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    I know this is going to sound dumb... but are you putting the bobbin in the wrong way? one way it unrolls against and the other way it unrolls with.

    my friend very frusterated with her machine, about ready to chuck it in the garbage was putting the bobbin in wrong.

    sheesh! crazy I know... but it can be something so minor that throws off the tension

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    My neighbor had a problem and it turns out that he wasn't holding on to the threads for the first few stitches, Ive also had problems when I forget to put the presser foot down. Grrr. How old is the machine? IMHO Singers of today are not anything like the work horses of yesteryear. You can usually find good deals on trade-ins at machine dealers.

    piney

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    I don't know what is wrong with the machine but I got tired of fighting with it. I went to Sears this morning and got the Kenmore 19110. The quilt is going together well now and my new machine runs like buttah.

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    Sounds like your Singer was out of time.

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    Kenmores are made by the same company that makes Janome. They are great machines. My next new machine will be the top of the line Kenmore. I've tested sewn on all the brands and the Kenmore is the better value for a brand new machine.

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    That thunking sound makes me think you need to take it in to have the timing looked at.

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    Thanks so much for everyone for trying to help me with that Singer. It was just never a very good machine, I think I had blamed more on user error than was actually true cause
    I am having NO trouble with my Kenmore. At least I am finally getting to sew!!

    The funny part is, I went Friday and was looking really hard at the Janome 3050 DC for $500. I decided that I was going to sell some stuff and go back on Monday morning and buy it. By last night I had raised the $500 I needed to buy the machine and did some searching on it just to make sure it was what I wanted. When I found out that the Kenmore 19110 is the EXACT SAME machine, I almost fell over. I was at Sears when they opened at noon and grabbed that sucker for $254. I used the extra money I saved to buy some exra feet and needles and then headed to Hancock's to let my 7 year old pick out some fabric for her dress. Fabric is being washed now and I'm hoping to get it started tomorrow.

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