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Date: 2/4/14 11:11 PM

My machine has been great but today all of a sudden I have these wonky stitches. Its set on straight stitch. Auto tension. Needle pressure is at 5 and these are all settings I have been using over and over. Can anyone diagnose my issue by looking at this?

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Date: 2/5/14 0:39 AM

Your link took me to a sign in page.

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Date: 2/5/14 0:43 AM

Sunnysnowflake, I can't get your link to work. It goes to a Google log-in page. If you have Flickr, Photobucket, or Picassa, etc. you can load the photo to that, then to this thread.

Also, what machine are you using? If someone who has the same machine sees your questions, they may know right off the bat. (Hopefully?)

Without seeing the problem though, have you changed your needle to a new one, and does your thread work with your needle size? Is the bobbin threaded correctly and firmly in the machine?

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Date: 2/5/14 10:18 AM

First step for me when stitches go weird is to re-thread the machine (top and bobbin), often to change the needle.
Did you change to a new project or different fabric? What thread are you using, needle?
Agree, pics and type of machine/model would be a great help.

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Date: 2/5/14 10:35 AM

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I think I figured it out! Thanks ladies :)
I will rethread and change the needle.
How often do you all change out your needles?
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Date: 2/5/14 10:45 AM

I change my needles quite often (new needles are cheaper than machine repairs I was told!) :)

Agree that rethreading solves a multitude of thread issues. I can't figure it out but it works like 90% of the time! Good luck!

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Date: 2/5/14 10:56 AM

I tend to change needles with every project, unless the previous one has been a small one, and the needle is appropriate for the new project. I do save barely used needles and mark them as such when I need a different one in the machine.
On larger projects, such as piecing and quilting quilts, or if I'm doing a project that is hard on the needles (some of my home dec and camping ones, for examples) I'll change it during the project. If I hit a pin, zipper stop, bend the needle somehow, notice degradation of quality, or hear thunk thunk, I'll change it.

I usually pay less than $1 per needle, and most projects have $25 to more than $100 of fabric in them. For me, that means needles and good quality thread are worth investing in.

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Date: 2/5/14 11:52 AM

While a new needle will fix a multitude of problems, I think your problem is more of a threading or tension issue.

Make sure the machine and bobbin are threaded correctly.

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Date: 2/5/14 12:02 PM

Looks like a threading issue based on the picture. Rethread top and bobbin and try again.

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Date: 2/5/14 12:23 PM

Is that the top side of the project, or the bottom?

Loops on the top are usually a bobbin thread tension issue. Loops on the bottom mean a top thread tension issue. Is it possible you put your bobbin in upside down? (That's surprisingly easy to do.) Many machines won't sew at all in that case--but some will give you crazy results like that.

Rethread everything from scratch using different thread (same thread top and bobbin), set all the settings to their factory defaults, and go from there.

Good luck!

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