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Date: 9/12/13 8:47 PM

Any ideas how to eliminate puckers in 100% cotton broadcloth on a Pfaff Creative Sensation? I've tried adjusting the thread tension, tried various needles & threads. I'm stumped :cry:

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Date: 9/12/13 8:59 PM

For a puckered stitch shorten the stitch length. Seems counterintuitive but it's not.

An fyi- I've found that when I get puckered stitches if I make adjustments and stitch too closely to the previous sample the puckers can carry through to the next stitch test. Hope that makes sense. I either remove the previous stitching or stitch much further away.

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Date: 9/12/13 10:49 PM

First Q: are you using an IDT foot without having the IDT engaged? If yes, change the foot or engage the IDT.

Then I would take the top thread and bobbin out and re-thread from scratch, ensuring the presser foot is FULLY raised (you don't want it at hover for threading.)

Check the thread spool; do you have the correct cap on, and snugly against the spool? It looks like the thread is catching on something.

If the threading is all correct, then the dealer needs to check the machine in case the thread is catching somewhere inside the thread path.

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Date: 9/13/13 0:36 AM

I've found that using a new bobbin can help.
Lynne is right if all of that doesn't help, then it's dealer time.

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Date: 9/13/13 1:43 AM

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For a puckered stitch shorten the stitch length. Seems counterintuitive but it's not.



An fyi- I've found that when I get puckered stitches if I make adjustments and stitch too closely to the previous sample the puckers can carry through to the next stitch test. Hope that makes sense. I either remove the previous stitching or stitch much further away.



Debbie




Shortening stitch length didn't help. Have ripped out the stitching and re-stitched and also tried another piece of fabric which had not been previously stitched on, but that didn't help either.

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Date: 9/13/13 1:57 AM

Using foot OA with IDT engaged then tried it without the IDT engaged. Tried it using the 1/4 quilting foot w/IDT and Straight Stitch Plate. Have rethreaded and changed the bobbin several times, as I have changed the thread several times thinking the thread might be the problem. I have also changed the needle several times (always new needles).

This same thing happened when I first bought the machine (a few weeks ago), and I took it back to the dealer. Their service dept. had it for a day and said that there was nothing wrong with the machine, that it was the fabric !?!

Selecting zigzag stitching, it looks to me like the bobbin thread is too tight, but I cannot find any information about loosening the bobbin thread on this machine.

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Date: 9/13/13 3:05 AM

Then it's likely a tension assembly issue or the bobbin case.

It is not the fabric. Panzy PCP can sew on silk chiffon or organza, batiste or knit, with no puckering of the fabric. And so can the CS; I know this, because my dealer's CS can. My little Pfaff 2023 can, too.

The CS thread portioning enables the CS to sew perfectly on just about ANYthing, let alone cotton broadcloth.

It REALLY P's me off when dealers blame fabric and/or threads!!! Seriously!

Anyhoo, your machine needs to go back in, and take the samples with you. I have some cotton broadcloth and can have Panzy do sample stitching on it for you, if you want some photos to show of what your machine is supposed to stitch like.


ETA: confused on which machine you have; title says PCP but your post says CS? If it's the PCP, it doesn't have the thread portioning.

Either way, you shouldn't be having any puckering whatsoever. Ask the dealer to try a new bobbin case and see if that fixes the problem. If not, then your machine is one of the ones Pfaff's tech bulletin Jan 2012 refers to, where a tiny piece within the tension assembly requires replacing. If your dealer remains uncooperative, email Pfaff directly and they'll light a fire.


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Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 9/13/13 3:16 AM

I really screwed up and purchased this machine just before moving half way across the country. So I am unable to take it back (again) to the dealer I purchased it from. Guess I'll have to take it in to my current local dealer who probably won't want to help because I didn't buy it from him.

I was hoping there was some adjustment I could make that would fix the problem, but doesn't sound like it.

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Date: 9/13/13 4:06 AM

Isn't the machine still under warranty? Doesn't matter who you purchased from, Pfaff's warranty is still in place.

If you don't get any satisfaction from the local dealer, do contact Pfaff.

You seem to have tried all the usual fixes. If it's the tension assembly piece that Pfaff issued their bulletin about, then no, you can't fix it yourself, nor should you have to. I can call my Pfaff dealer tonorrow and ask her who is best person for you to contact at Pfaff.

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 9/13/13 8:30 AM

What kind of thread are you using? Polyester by chance? If so try winding a new bobbin.... S L O W L Y. Sometimes if a bobbin's wound too fast the thread can stretch, then relaxes when sewn into a seam resulting in puckers.

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