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Date: 1/7/14 10:26 AM

Hello everyone! I hope I'm posting this on the right area. Also, please excuse my terms if they are not correct.

I recently purchased a ruffler/shirring foot from a local shop for my Acme JH600 sewing machine. I did not have my machine with me during the visit, but I had photos to show to the shop owner. Anyway, they gave me a ruffler/shirring foot which (they said) would fit my machine.

Well, it did fit but my problem is the foot does not sit on the machine floor. It is elevated by around 2mm. Here are some photos:

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The Ruffler/Shirring foot:









Please note that that's the lowest it can go on my machine.

Is there anything I need to adjust first before having it replaced? I plan to go to the shop this Sunday to have it replaced if ever. As much as I would love to bring my sewing machine along, I cannot do it as it is too heavy and I don't have a car.

Thank you for your advice!


PS. I apologize for the huge photos. :|
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Date: 1/7/14 3:30 PM

I have never seen a ruffler just like that, but since the bottom of it is not even touching your stitch plate, maybe it's for a sewing machine that has a different length of a pressure foot bar than yours does. Maybe for one longer than yours?

If you don't have a car, and just can't haul the whole machine there to try something on it, to see if it would work first, I think I would at least take a piece of cardboard and set it on the stitch plate upwards, and make a pencil mark on it where your screw hole goes though the ruffler to hold it onto the pressure foot bar, while the pressure foot lever was in down position. And take that with you when you go back. Then with that, you could at least set that next to a ruffler, and see if the place it attaches more lines up with the bolt hole in the piece of cardboard you marked that way from the machine.

That's not going to tell you if it lines up with your stitch drop, or the holes in your needle plate probably, or some fork on it is going to rest over the needle set screw area just right, but it probably would tell you if it would just be kind of way too short to even touch the stitch plate.
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Date: 1/8/14 11:32 AM

Did you try stitching?

Remember it is only the black pushing teeth, on the very bottom that do the work.

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Date: 1/8/14 6:32 PM

The part under the needle should rest directly under the feed dogs. The part closest to you does not.

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Date: 1/9/14 0:51 AM

Hello everyone! Thank you for your replies.

I must have forgotten to mention that I did try to so some stitches, but it wont sew. Here's a video link (links to my Instagram video post, its only a few seconds).

@Michelle Lommasson The part under the feed dogs is also elevated.

I sent a message to the shop I bought the foot from, and they insisted that I should bring my machine over (they kinda implied that I'm probably not installing it properly). I have asked my boyfriend to help me haul the whole machine over to the shop if needed, but I for now I'm still asking around to see if there's still something I can do to fix this myself.

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Date: 1/9/14 1:48 AM

From your video link it appears the ruffler is working properly...the fabric is moving and being ruffled as it moves.

The problem appears to be the upper thread and bobbin thread are not making a locking stitch.

I am not familiar with your sewing machine model and don't see a pdf online manual to read.

The needle appears to be turned sideways with the grove facing the left. Since your bobbin is on the left is that how the needle is suppose to be installed in this machine? Is the needle being threaded going in the right side of the needle eye and going out the left side? Is that how the machine's manual shows how to thread the needle? Or...should it be threaded starting from the left and going out the right side?

Something is preventing the upper and lower thread from making a lock stitch...and I venture to say that it's something other than the ruffler. Along the other edge of the test fabric appeared to be some ragged holes etc...so wondering if during a test sewing a major thread jam was pulled out of the bobbin area that may have misaligned the sewing machine's timing which now is causing the threads to not engage.

So if that is what is wrong...to test that theory...will the machine sew a lock stitch without the ruffler on?
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Date: 1/9/14 1:48 AM

Since it looks like (in your video) you did not bring up the bottom bobbin thread to the top of your stitch plate first, and hold that in your hand along with the top needle thread and with some tension on those two threads, when you even started out stitching, that also might explain another reason why you are not getting any stitches. And just pleats with no stitches in them instead. So at least try that.

Your bottom bobbin thread could have been on top of the stitch plate to begin with, but if it was, I really just could not see that in your video at all.

I also don't think your needle thread is threaded through the needle like it shows on the diagram on the front of your machine. The diagram on the front of the machine, shows thread going through needle eye left to right, I think you may have it going right to left in error possibly.

Also make sure your top thread tension dail is set on the #5, as that would probably help too.
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Date: 1/9/14 2:12 AM

Quote: MadzN
The sewing machine:






Looking at the picture of the machine...it appears the upper thread path is not threaded like the illustration on the left front of the machine. The thread is crossing itself around the tension knob and is not at all in the thread guides on the left. This will cause major sewing problems.

Do you have a manual for this machine?
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Date: 1/9/14 2:18 AM

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I also don't think your needle thread is threaded through the needle like it shows on the diagram on the front of your machine. The diagram on the front of the machine, shows thread going through needle eye left to right, I think you may have it going right to left in error possibly.

We were thinking and typing the same things at the same time.
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Date: 1/9/14 9:24 AM

Oh wow, so many replies!

I apologize for the slight confusion, the thread was loose on the first photo, so rest assured that it was threaded properly when I shot the video. I follow the illustration on the machine when I sew.


@bestgrammy My machine did not come with a manual unfortunately. But I've been using it for more than two years so I pretty much know how it works. Tis is my first time ever to use a ruffler so I'm a bit clueless on it.

Anyway, the machine functions properly without the ruffler on. It did jam a little on my first try with the ruffler on, so I removed it and replaced it with the normal presser foot to test if it still stitches properly and it still works nicely.


@beauturbo Thank you for your tip! I shall try that tomorrow (holding on the threads). I will also set the tension on 5. On the video, the thread from the bottom bobbin was already on the top of the stitch plate.


I'd like to confirm, is it possible that even if the ruffler is slightly elevated, it should still sew?


Thank you everyone for your input! I will update you as soon as I can tomorrow.

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