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Bethgo
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Date: 8/21/13 10:01 PM

I got my son this mechanical machine for his birthday when they we selling it at Tuesday Morning for $56. It is a nice little sturdy machine for a beginner. The one problem we have found is that sometimes he ends up with an extra thread from the bobbin at the end of his stitching. This causes a bit of jamming and is frustrating for both of us. There does not seem to be much rhyme or reason to it when it happens other than it happens more frequently after you turn the stitch dial. Are we threading the bobbin incorrectly? Is it the machine? I am guessing it is user error. Any advice is welcome.
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Date: 8/21/13 10:06 PM

Make sure that at the end of the seam he turns the handwheel towards him until the lever that moves up and down in the front of the machine is at the very top. That should stop the extra thread and the jamming.

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Date: 8/21/13 11:48 PM

Hello Bethgo. Very happy you have looked to PR for help with this issue. Glad you are a member.

Nice of you to get this sm for your son. I have the same model...and it's been a nice one to help my granddaughter and two of our neighbor girls learn to use a sm.

Don't know if the bobbin is threaded incorrectly because it was not mentioned how it's being done. I would say it's NOT the machine per se...and not "exactly" user error...rather lack of just knowing the tweaks of sewing that after a while just become second nature.

What cruzer2013 posted is absolutely good advice...and very much needed to do every time with this machine. I say...this machine...not because it's a bad machine...just because an electronic or computerized machine with automatic needle up/down would not need for that tweak to be done manually because the machine would do it as programmed...so...for this all mechanical sewing machine...and the many dozens of others...even ones that cost 10 times as much...but are still all mechanical...then that tweak will need to be done by the sewist/sewer (not a gender difference...just some of us say one and some say the other).

IMHO...the manual for this model is good and has good illustrations. With that said...there are those of us that learn best from videos...so check out this site for FREE video lessons on using a sewing machine. www.craftsy.com

Register an email address and make a password..then access the free lessons...especially the Trouble Shooting lesson 5. The instructor speaks clearly and slowly and shows good close ups...and the lesson can be viewed many times for FREE.

There are MANY threads here on PR that could be found by searching thread nests or bird nests..but that would be a long read.. So...check out craftsy.com...especially free lesson 5 in Trouble Shooting. HTH

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Date: 8/22/13 12:51 PM

Thank you! Working with a mechanical machine can be tricky when I have my fancy pants machine of my own but it's been a good lesson for both of us and it is so cute to hear my 8-year-old tell me he wants to do a project.

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Date: 8/22/13 1:22 PM

The best way to bond with a new machine or even a used machine, is to sit down at the machine. Then open the manual and begin reading and applying each and every step - no skipping and do not go by just the pictures. Go through the entire manual, from bobbin winding through maintenance.

Your manual should include a chart for needle selection for various types of fabric.

Be sure the fabric is far enough back and under the presser foot so you cannot see the edge of the fabric through the foot and far enough to the right that the feed dogs work properly.

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Date: 8/22/13 1:39 PM

Ok. My son and I have been through the manual several times. We also are following a lesson book and have planned assignments. Thanks to those of you who suggested videos as well.

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