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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Do I need a new machine? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 9/17/12 6:36 PM

The sewing machine I am using at the moment is a Lervia, which was an inexpensive machine from Lidl. I am having some issues with the stitching at the moment, and I am trying to figure out if I am doing something wrong, or if the machine is out of line somehow.

I made a few pj bottoms out of a jersey fabric last weekend. In the beginning, I would be sewing along and there would be a clunk and a whirr and the thread would break. What I was getting looks like this on the bobbin side:

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Also, here are two views of the same seam, one the top thread and one the bobbin thread. I had managed to sew on, and went back later and sewed over the seam, so that the broken thread wouldn't give way. I was rushing to try and get this done for DDs birthday party, so I didn't want to be dealing with this!!!!





What seemed to work to fix it were these things, not all at once, there seemed to be a different reason each time:

- rethreading the top thread and bobbin, even when nothing seemed to be wrong.
- One time it seemed there was a problem with the bobbin, when I took it out of the machine and tried to pull on the thread it was wound tight. Since it was nearly empty anyway I took the thread off and dumped it and rewound the bobbin with new thread.
- One time it seemed the thread had come out of the tension bit on the bobbin.
- Things seemed to improve if I sewed at a 'medium' speed, not by putting the pedal all the way down.
- FWIW the thread I was using, and usually use is gutterman. I sometimes use cheaper thread (no brand name) when I need a small bit of thread in a particular colour, but I don't usually use this much.

Is there anything I'm missing? Am I doing something wrongly? Could it be the machine?

ETA, as time went on and I sewed away, the machine snarled up less and less. I oiled it recently, but I need to do it again after this weekend.
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-- Edited on 9/17/12 6:46 PM --

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Date: 9/17/12 6:46 PM

You are asking a loaded question you know with all these enablers on here. Do you want a new machine?

Well about your problem. Have you cleaned the bobbin area and checked for threads caught anywhere? Have you changed your needle and rethreaded? Sometimes these things are simple user error and sometimes a symptom of something more serious. I have never heard of your machine so I have no idea what else it might be.

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Date: 9/17/12 6:51 PM

It's basicly a cheap no brand machine! I used a new needle at the start of the sewing, and replaced it part of the way through (I was sewing 10 pj bottoms!!) but it wasn't any better after the replacement.

It would possibly cost me more than the machine cost ( about Ç70 I think) to repair the machine if something is wrong, hence the new macine question!!!!!!!! But there is no point buying a new machine if it's something I'm doing wrong. I have neither a lot of money, or a lot of space to waste on a machine that is not needed, IYKWIM.

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Date: 9/17/12 7:00 PM

I once had a problem with ONE SPECIFIC bobbin. Drove me crazy. I was using a friend's machine at her house and I'd be sewing along and everything was fine, but sometimes I'd get skipped stitches. Eventually, I figured out that it was one bobbin particular that was causing the problem. I couldn't see anything different about that bobbin with my naked eye, but I tossed it, and that fixed my intermittent problem.

Bobbin wound too tight or in such a way that the thread does not reel off easily would definitely cause problems. I now wind bobbins slowly to avoid that type of problem.

ETA: Sometimes a specific machine is just a pain to sew with. It needs everything set up "just so" or it won't work correctly. If you can determine what this machine needs (loosely wound bobbins, always threaded correctly, new needle, whatever), you may make your peace with this machine. On the other hand, a machine that is NOT persnickety is such a joy to sew with. I've had both; a quality new machine was a revelation to me.

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Date: 9/17/12 7:06 PM

Huh, didn't think of the bobbin being a problem. After discovering the too-tight bobbin, I have wound them more slowly and no repeat of that problem.

ETA, I've had this machine a while now (A few years?) and it hasn't given any trouble before, which is why I'm wondering did something 'go' in it...
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Date: 9/17/12 7:37 PM

I have had a few silly thread break issues again lately on various machines that were purely physical, fixable dumb things. Once the serger bounced itself ever so slightly back and one cone got stuck and couldn't unwind. I had to recheck several times before I got that one. Today I had a C&C thread spool grab the thread in the little slot on the edge. URGH! I hardly ever use those spools now so it took a minute to sort that out. And one of those thread spilling out too fast from the spool situations where it wrapped itself around one of the thread guides a couple of extra times. That machine needs a new little felt circle to stop that from happening.

Moral of the story - check for all the stupid, irritating, non-one-bit-your-fault things that can happen with thread. Then buy a new machine anyway.

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Date: 9/17/12 10:38 PM

Well I think if this was a cheap machine and you have been sewing on it for a few years you have probably gotten your money out of it. If it is working now, then use it while you look for something else. A new machine will take your sewing to a new level. Have you thought about the features you would like and how much you can spend?

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Date: 9/17/12 11:01 PM

Gee Shane, thanks for spamming our board. You have been reported.

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Date: 9/18/12 0:32 AM

It sounds like you've checked most of the little things that can cause problems. You've changed needles (you're using a STRETCH or JERSEY needle, right?), re-threaded, re-wound bobbin, looked under the throat plate for little pieces of thread caught up in there and oiled, etc etc etc...

I would probably get a new machine if none of these things fix it. You can find very affordable used machines on craigslist OR visit your local dealers for used machines as well. I'm sure you can find a decent used machine for under $200 if you don't need all the bells & whistles.

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Date: 9/20/12 12:13 PM

I used a ballpoint needle on it. I haven't seen stretch single needles in the shops here, just stretch in twin needles for some reason. Thanks for the info. I am in Ireland, not the US and I think I would like to get a "good" machine from a dealer here and if there are any problems just go to them to get it fixed

I have been kind of waiting for the machine to go so that I could justify a better machine, I don't think I need more features but just a machine that does these things reliably? If anyone could look over this list and see if I am missing any features that could be useful, I would be very grateful:
- zigzag, variable width
- easily variable stitch length
- variable needle position (left/right/middle)
- straight stitch
- can use single and twin needles
- self threading (I am beginning to notice it hard to read small print)
- variable presser foot pressure

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