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Thread: So frustrated I want to scream!!

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    I have a fairly new machine (singer) and I haven't had much time to use in the last few months. I've done a enough sewing on it to play with a few stitches and learn the basics.

    I'm not by any means a machine quilter. I have only done a few potholders by machine. In the past I have been strictly a hand quilter. I wanted to machine quilt this baby quilt as the baby is being induced this coming Mon and I haven't had time to quilt it. I still dont' really.

    But, I cannot figure out how to do it! The machine keeps jamming within the first couple of stitches. I really have no idea what to do and I am so ticked off right now. I can't even find any info in the manual about anything like this.

    I guess I"ll just have to lose a few hrs of sleep each day to do it by hand.

    Sorry about my ranting, just needed to get that off my chest.

    Lynette

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    are you FMQ or stitch in the ditch or what? how were you trying to quilt it? Give more details and someone around here migh tjust have the answer that you are looking for. and maybe save a few grey hairs in the mean time.

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    I was just trying to echo quilt around pinwheels with a walking foot. Nothing special. I just have no idea why it is jamming up. I didn't even get one stitch in.

    Lynette

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    Have you double checked your threading?
    I have had this problem before!! Also, if
    you are doing stitch in the ditch, have you
    attached your quilting foot? Just a few
    simple ideas for you.
    :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    ive found in working with the lower end "in home" machines, that they tend to jam up sometimes.

    my first suggestion is to check how your bobbin is wound and loaded into the machine. if fiddling with that doesnt help...

    check out your tension, if the upper thread is the problem, its mostly likely the tension, if the lower thread is the problem, its still a likely culprit.

    from there, if neither of those is the fix, if you can take out the bobbin casing and/or throat plate and clean the machine out with some compressed air (comes in a can, like what is used to clean out crumbs from a computers keyboard)

    ETA...OH! and as the above poster mentioned, check out if youve accidentally gotten it threaded wrong...that could be causing some major issues as well, and its a simple fix.

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    First take a deep breath. It's probably something simple.

    Clean the machine thoroughly, especially the bobbin area and under the plate. Look for thread wrapped up in the bobbin area. Change the needle. Completely re-thread the machine, and check the book to be sure you are doing it correctly since you haven't used this machine a lot. Check to be sure that with the presser foot up and the needle in the up position you are able to freely pull the thread from the top and bottom. If it hangs up, there's a problem somewhere. Try just a few stitches on scrap fabric and see if the thread is still collecting on the back. Hopefully all will be working now.

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    Check to make sure that your needle is in all the way as well, recent problem as with all the sewing that I had done the needle was loose, it was fine on the piecing but hated the extra thickness. So make sure that everything is tight.

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    Does it jam when you are just stitching two pieces of fabric together also? Or is it only jamming when you are trying to quilt? Are you using a walking foot?

    Lower-end machines tend to be fussier. A few things to check in addition to what has already been mentioned: be sure to hold both threads ends when starting, start sewing slowly, be sure you have lengthened your stitch for quilting (the thickness of the quilt requires a longer-than-normal stitch length), be sure you have lowered the presser foot (easy to forget with the thickness of the quilt).

    If you do all of that and still have a problem, take a look at the bobbin. Unevenly wound bobbins can cause jamming.

    By any chance, did you change the bobbin before starting to quilt? I had this problem with a machine that had worked perfectly before; turned out a very similar-looking bobbin to the one the machine needed had been mistakenly inserted. Many plastic bobbins look alike but have small differences that can mess up the thread.

    As others have mentioned, an incorrectly inserted needle, lint in the machine, and incorrect threading can also cause this.

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    Are you bringing the bobbin thread to the top? Sometimes that'll cause a jam.

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    If the first couple of stitches jam or form a knot at the bottom, I suggest you make sure that you are holding the end of your thread in the back of the machine before you start sewing and during the first few stitches. I have to do that even with my high end Bernina. After the first few stitches are secure you can them let go. Make sure you take a couple of stitches to the front, the same to the back, and then sew normally.

    Maria

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    On my machine I have to ajust the tension if I'm using my walking foot. If I try to echo with my walking foot I get jamming too. So I lower my feed dogs And free motion. stiching slowly.

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    sounds like a bobbin and thread problem to me.

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    Are you using a quilt needle?
    And quality thread?
    It does make a difference sometimes.

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    Would you consider tying and maybe some hand quilting? It would be quicker and then you can figure out your machine when you're not so stressed. Things never work for me when i'm frazzled, i just seem to get deeper into the mess.

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    Have the stitch length to zero, the feed dogs down or covered and check the manual for darning or mending. Singer usually uses that term for free motion quilting. I have a Singer and haven't had any problems other then operator error. :D

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    Thanks for all the advice! I will try out everything when I can. I have to go to work today.

    I think I will just try to squeeze in the hand quilting just to get it done and work more with the machine quilting on someting I'm not in a hurry for. I never had a problem with my old singer, but this one is a lot different.

    ctquilter- I am like that too. I probably wouldn't end up getting it done having to mess with the machine so much.

    I do have many many other projects I can practice on later:)

    Thanks again. I"m going to save all this info and make sure I try them all to see if I can find out what I am doing.

    Lynette

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    Oh yeah, I've been there! My Janome's walking foot has a small arm on the right side that comes forward and must rest on a piece keeping it in the upright position. Yeah, a lot of time wasted not following this direction.
    Good Luck!

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    Are your feed dogs down?

    Karen

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    Could you need a new needle? If all else fails I'd take it to a LQS or a sewing machine shop and ask for help. My machine was messing up horribly once and several ladies piped in "try a new needle". Holy crap they were right! Put in a new needle and voila...Beeeeautiful stitchin'

    hey could you let us know what the issue is when you get it solved? It''ll work out.

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    I probably won't have time to try anything out for a couple days, but I will definately let y'all know what it was. (if I ever figure it out..LOL)

    Lynette

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    My thought is that your needle isn't big enough. Try a size 18.

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    This is difficult. Try a fresh bobbin. New needle, in correctly, sometimes mine is backwards! Rethread the machine. Make sure the walking foot is installed correctly, with the little arm over the screw thing. LOWER YOUR PRESSURE FOOT. Take a deep breath, and go slowly. And if that doesn't work, hand tie the dern thing and try again on something when you have lots of time. Most of my problems come when I try to rush things.! :?

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    I have a newer Bernina and although I have sewn a lot, I haven't machine quilted much. This was my problem and so easy to fix. I wasn't bringing the lower thread through all the material to the top. To do this, hold your needle thread with some slight tension. As the needle goes through the fabric, keep holding the thread, pulling slightly to bring the bobbin thread through.

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    YOU MIGHT NEED A HEAVIER NEEDLE.....

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    free motion sitching then is what you are doing. put the needle down, then up to bring up the bobbin thread. take a few stitches to lock the threads, then begin your echoing. then stop and trim the top and bobbin thread so they won't be in your way later. continue. that should do it.
    the bobbin thread will lump up if not brought to the top.
    good luck.

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