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Message Board > Sewing Machines > HELP! ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Kat Holliday

Kat Holliday
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Date: 4/15/11 5:10 PM

First let me say I hate my machine!
It is a brother XR-65 and I can never get the tension right!
I have set it every way known to man and I still end up with squiggle lines on the back of my fabric or knots on the top of the fabric! If anyone can help me...I have a baby shower on Sunday to attend and I need my machine!

Thanks
Kat

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Date: 4/15/11 5:27 PM

we all get days like this.
walk away for a while and take a deep breath. Often I have gone to bed stressed out over some sewing thing and not had a problem in the morning.

Once your clear headed. Start from scratch. Put in a new needle, re thread the machine completely. Even wind a new bobbin if necessary. Check everything and go from scratch. See how you get on then and post back.

If you have done all those things and still have a problem I'm sure someone on here can point you in the right direction.

Might be helpful to let us know what type of fabric your sewing on, which needle size your using and which thread. These can affect the sewing and I am the first to admit I never have the right size needle in for the fabric or thread I am using.

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Date: 4/15/11 6:04 PM

Too late it is in a million pieces! I have been dealing with this for years! Why is it that men get all thier expensive toys and we women get bubkiss?!!!

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Date: 4/15/11 6:13 PM

Time for a new machine Sewing should be fun and having a machine you can depend on, is number one in my book. I've had a Kenmore 18221 for several years now and really like it. Years ago, I had a machine I could never get the tension right. Even took it to the repair shop and they couldn't get it right. Made sewing a chore and I hated the thought of going into the sewing room. After the repair guy couldn't get it working, I got rid of it.

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Date: 4/15/11 6:41 PM

I'm so sorry to hear this..I have had an XR-65 for over 10 years and it just died..I'm really in mourning...My tension is set at the 4...and I have rarely had to change it. There is a large plastic screw head looking thing on the back...this fine tunes the stitch. Looking down at it from the top of the machine the X part is a little less than 1/4 turn to the right...It does seem to prefer Schmetz needle and I use a 70/10 for most items..sometimes an 80/12 and very rarely a 90/14. Are you using the correct bobbin? It takes a 15 plastic..I just buy them at JoAnn's...nothing special..do make sure there is no lint or threads caught in the bobbin area, although it isn't very fussy about lint build up. Is the bobbin thread coming off of the spool in the proper direction? And do use the spool cap. And do NOT oil..

Good luck..it is really a fantastic machine

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2010-115.5
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2012 86.3 yds..
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Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 4/15/11 6:43 PM

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Too late it is in a million pieces


Just saw this...how did you get it in pieces???

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2010-115.5
2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 4/15/11 7:36 PM

Sledge hammer, maybe?

Time for a new machine.

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
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Date: 4/15/11 7:42 PM

Yeah, cause outside of the bobbin race, nothing comes apart..at least not easily...poor baby
Good Luck on the next machine....

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2009-113.25 yds
2010-115.5
2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

Kat Holliday

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Date: 4/16/11 0:13 AM

Its is so funny! About a sledge hammer. I really got frustrated and just pushed it onto the floor. Sturdy little guy! Then I took it apart cleaned it, oiled it and changed needles and joila! It is sewing wonderfully!
Hope tomorrow is going to be a smooth sewing day! Thanks for all the support!

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Date: 4/16/11 3:33 AM

Pushing it onto the floor probably did it! I'm going to try that next time. They get too used to being yelled at and it doesn't work any more, you really need to show them who's boss.

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