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Thread: Is there a fix?

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    My DS gave me her sew machine since she doesn't sew anymore. It is a very basic 2 stitch machine. The thing is it won't sew a straight line, is there something I can do mechanically to fix this?
    Thank you!
    David

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    It sounds like maybe the feed dogs are not pulling the fabric thru correctly. Also you may want to use one of those guides on the right side of the needle that makes you feed it in the machine straight ?

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    I had this problem with a sorta new machine. Took in in for repair.....I hand not taken off the throat plate....the feed dogs were packed with lint. Amazing how nicer it sews once cleaned properly:)

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    In addition to cleaning all the lint out, I am remembering a similar post. I think they said their machine was stitching a little sideways. Someone suggested a decorative stitch (or zigzag stitch) might be selected rather than the straight stitch.
    Can you show us a photo of the machine? Do you have the manual. Name and model number? Many manuals are online for free.

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    A lot depends on what type of machine it is. It may need some good lubrication as well as cleaning.

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    It would help if we had a picture of the machine and the fabric that it is not feeding through, to see what the stitch looks like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    It would help if we had a picture of the machine and the fabric that it is not feeding through, to see what the stitch looks like.
    It's not that it won't feed it feeds crooked
    Thanks!
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    A freind of mine had a simular probem. It was on a Singer 401. She had sewn with it since 1954 and the foot was always crooked. She had taken it to the repair man and he could not fix it. I loosened the shaft that holds the presser foot and re aligned it. It is now perfect. Is this what your machine is doing?
    It looks to me like it is set up correct so I don't know what to tell you.

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    hmmmm Thanks for the advice, I'll play with the foot abit and see if it helps
    Thank you!!
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    hmmmm Thanks for the advice, I'll play with the foot abit and see if it helps
    Thank you!!
    David
    David. When you lower the foot, is it alligned perfect with the feed dogs? If not that is the problem. Make sense??? I hope so.

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    it's so hard to tell the presser foot is the exact of the dogs. I have tried to sight down the left side of foot, if any maybe the width of a thread askew, don't know if I want to fiddle with it for tat much

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    it's so hard to tell the presser foot is the exact of the dogs. I have tried to sight down the left side of foot, if any maybe the width of a thread askew, don't know if I want to fiddle with it for tat much
    I hear you. The old Singers I can repair. The newer plastic ones I would be afraid to mess with them. They break easy.. Know what I mean??

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    yup I sure do! I think I will try a fence 1/4" away from needle and see if that helps
    Appreciate your input!!!
    David

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    Take a piece of plain paper and run it through the machine If it is sewing crooked you'll see it on the paper. Sometimes with threads and fabrics an optical illusion is created to make you think it is sewing crooked.

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    can youy buy a 1/4 in foot for that machine? if so, I would do that. When I'm checking for quarter inch, I sew on graph paper, that will let you know right away if you are a 1/4 in allowance. That would also tell you if the machine is actually sewing crooked.

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