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Date: 8/20/12 7:23 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, I am humbly asking your opinion. I have two domestic machines that do zigzag and both of them are giving me giref. One is Brother and it has inbuilt bobbin case, and bottom thread tension can not be adjusted. It pulls the bottom thread like crazy and causes the zigzag to tunnel. Another machine is Singer traditio. It sews lovely zigzag for about 10 cm, then it skips a stitch, stops dead and tangles the bottom thread. Yes, I have checked the bobbin case and surrounding places for stray threads and I have changed a needle, bobbin, thread, etc... Have you had anything like this? Is this tangling easy to fix or shall I get rid of them both and get a better domestic? And if so, which domestic is reliable, heavy and recommended?

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Date: 8/20/12 7:26 PM

The common opinion around here is to use these problems to justify going and getting a new one.

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Date: 8/20/12 7:40 PM

I can imagine why, just called a sewing machine repair place to be told that they charge a flat rate of $99 plus parts. Singer cost me $200.

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Date: 8/20/12 7:45 PM

I don't think either machine is going to serve your purposes very well unless you just like to mend, etc...then it might be fine to get it serviced. What would be your budget? I particularly like the Janome HD1000 and HD3000 for a quality basic machine. If you buy gently used from a dealer, you can get more for your $$ and usually a bit of warranty also.

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Date: 8/20/12 7:56 PM

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I don't think either machine is going to serve your purposes very well unless you just like to mend, etc...then it might be fine to get it serviced. What would be your budget? I particularly like the Janome HD1000 and HD3000 for a quality basic machine. If you buy gently used from a dealer, you can get more for your $$ and usually a bit of warranty also.

I have an industrial plainsewer Juki which is my primary machine, but I sew buttonholes and occasionally need a zigzag function for lingerie sewing. So I am prepared to pay for a reliable machine.

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Date: 8/20/12 8:40 PM

Try checking to see if there is a nick in your bobbin. Sometimes they get scratched and hold the thread for a brief moment. I had this problem with my Touch and Sew bobbins; there was a nick near the edge of the bobbin.

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Date: 8/20/12 9:06 PM

I had once had a problem with just ONE flaky bobbin. Visiting a friend out of state and sewing on her machine, most of the time I had no problem, but ONE nasty bobbin would give me fits.

It took me awhile to figure it out - that one specific bobbin was the problem. There was nothing obviously different about that bobbin. I'm sure there was a nick or it was bent (metal) or something, but it wasn't anything that I could see with the naked eye.

Once I identified the culprit bobbin, I dropped it in the garbage and had no more problems.

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Date: 8/20/12 9:13 PM

Quote: Lena Merrin
Ladies and gentlemen, I am humbly asking your opinion. I have two domestic machines that do zigzag and both of them are giving me giref. One is Brother and it has inbuilt bobbin case, and bottom thread tension can not be adjusted. It pulls the bottom thread like crazy and causes the zigzag to tunnel. Another machine is Singer traditio. It sews lovely zigzag for about 10 cm, then it skips a stitch, stops dead and tangles the bottom thread. Yes, I have checked the bobbin case and surrounding places for stray threads and I have changed a needle, bobbin, thread, etc... Have you had anything like this? Is this tangling easy to fix or shall I get rid of them both and get a better domestic? And if so, which domestic is reliable, heavy and recommended?



Thank you :)

Are you sure the brother's bobbin tension is not adjustable? Every machine with a drop in bobbin I've worked on has had a removable bobbin case, though some are hard to do, and an adjustment for tension. I've not looked at the really low end machines though.

I second the suggestion to look at the bobbin thread path. A nick on the bobbin, the bobin case, or the hook can also cause skipped stitches. So can a bad needle.
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Date: 8/20/12 9:48 PM

OK...

All humorous sarcasm aside, , have you tried messing with the top tension to equalize the problem?

Sincerely,

RipStitcher - who is deathly afraid to screw with things like bobbin tension!

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Date: 8/20/12 10:00 PM

I echo that phobia, Ripstitcher! Messed around with that once and ended up with a big repair bill. Never again!

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