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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Blaming the machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Blaming the machine
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Date: 1/16/13 12:54 PM

So, I decided to try sewing with some stretch power knits.
Not at all my normal thing and I have almost no experience with them.

Annndd the thread kept getting frayed and snapping.

So, I rethreaded and tried again.
And then I replaced the bobbin thread and tried again.

It got to the point where I was considering dismantling the hook mechanism so that I could check it for burrs or other issues.

And then I thought to myself,
"Huh, I just made a silk blouse and it went perfectly!"
Followed by,
"Oh, I should probably switch to a ball point needle"

At which point, the machine sewed the powerknit flawlessly...

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Date: 1/16/13 12:56 PM

Isn't it amazing? Yes, currently I am having some problems, and I have to say I don't think it is them machine. Would that I would remember all the little and not so little things that can work together to cause problems. GOOD FOR YOU! Glad this worked. Is it your Genie? Such a charming and cute machine. :)

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Date: 1/16/13 12:59 PM

I recently posted something similar under "if your machine talks to you its best to listen". Yes, a machine can be a poor machine, but if it has previously sewed reliably I think there is more often than not other guilty culprits at work...glad you found the answer to yours.

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Date: 1/16/13 1:03 PM

I'm always rankled by posts about slanted stitches "should I get a new machine???". It's always the needle-thread-fabric combo, and has nothing whatsoever to do the machine itself.

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Date: 1/16/13 1:08 PM

You would think i would know better...
(of course I did once disassemble and reassemble a Featherweight only to find that the problem was I'd put the needle in backwards...)

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Date: 1/16/13 1:50 PM

OE (operator error) is probably 99.9% of the problem when the sewing is not as great as it should be.

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Date: 1/16/13 2:54 PM

You mean things like putting the needle in backwards in my Necchi? Or not having the bobbin thread pulling across the bobbin-which messes up the tension every time in my Singer? Almost every time rethreading the machine, redoing the bobbin, and putting in a new needle will solve the problem. This assumes of course the correct needle. Or resetting the tension when I've changed it for a previous project. I've been working with the cording foot and it has been a mess, threads catching and a general pain in the butt. Looked at a video online, and the threads went under the foot, not on the top. Threads go under the foot, bingo! no problems. Yes, something can be wrong with the machine. 95% of the time my machine problems are due to my own screwups. One time, my machine needed a tuneup, but it was 20 years overdue for itI agree, before you blame the machine, make sure the operator isn't messing anything up.
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Date: 1/16/13 3:25 PM

I often forget what needle I have in the machine. I put a small piece of blue painter's tape on the front with the kind and size of the needle. It's not exactly pretty, but it keeps me aware of my needles. Of course it doesn't help if you don't remember to look at the tape. :)

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Date: 1/16/13 3:28 PM

Then there's my mom who had me look at her machine because it was making a terrible noise and constant thread nests. So I took the bobbin case out and in addition to the crazy amount of lint I cleaned out, I also removed the tip of a needle that had broken off and was jammed in the case. Showed it to my mom and she said "oh yeah, I broke a needle not long ago". Guess she wasn't concerned with where the broken needle tip ended up!

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Date: 1/16/13 5:23 PM

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Then there's my mom who had me look at her machine because it was making a terrible noise and constant thread nests. So I took the bobbin case out and in addition to the crazy amount of lint I cleaned out, I also removed the tip of a needle that had broken off and was jammed in the case. Showed it to my mom and she said "oh yeah, I broke a needle not long ago". Guess she wasn't concerned with where the broken needle tip ended up!

Good thing she has *you*!

I just had a terrible noise come out of the 7700... and as soon as it started, I stopped and took the bobbin case out, etc etc....

and boy oh boy... I found the mother of all dust bunnies in there... with one tiny piece of foam looking something-or-another (had to have been a tiny piece of stabilizer I used in a recent bag) ... and once that was out, the machine was back to bein' happy.

Oh.. and that foam piece was tiny-tiny ... as in about half the size of a small glass head on a quilting pin.

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APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
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