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Old 11-30-2007, 07:39 PM   #11
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I adjust my tension with bourbon!
I would have to say Brandy.....
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:39 PM   #12
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That will work! Good idea!
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:42 PM   #13
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Or like tonight it was/is a Vodka martini........
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:43 PM   #14
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Katie is steering you right - take out the bobbin (and bobbin case called the race, if possible), and brush out any lint. Reinsert the bobbin, making sure you have the thread guided correctly through the little notches in the race. Then re-thread the upper thread and needle. Then try it. If that doesn't fix it, then change the tension settings gradually, sewing on a scrap piece of fabric to test. If it's a newer machine, lint in and under the race is usually the culprit.
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Old 11-30-2007, 07:54 PM   #15
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I've done fashion designing & coutourier (can't spell it, but did it), & home sewing for many years. I use a sear's kenmore. The problem could be a few things - first adjust the tension (at the top pf the machine), next make sure you are using the proper thread and needle size for the fabric. Rethread the machine & make sure your bobbin isn't catching (knot etc) & pulled through correctly. Test first by hand lowering the needle through the platen/metal guide & raise it to get a loop. Pull the thread under the needle to the back. Correct or change the pressure foot if needed - you may have the wrong attachment on from the last time you worked w the machine i.e. platen or foot. Check to see if something is lose - presser foot etc. If need be, rethread your bobbin. Check your stitch length. Run the machine through a swatch first so you don't ruin the fabric. I messed up silk once, and just about had a fit. (No pun intended.)

Another thought - there should be a few platens & presser foots. Make sure you don't have the zigzag foot or platen on. If all else fails, and you have a serger, switch over to that.
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:28 PM   #16
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In mt experience, this problem is the tension. Sometimes it can be corrected by adjusting the tension at the top of the machine. If that doesn't work, there is a tension setting on the bobbin but haven't had to adjust it on my Singer machine. I have on my old Kenmore which had the bobbin case removable and there was a small screw that adjusted tension on the bobbin. I know you'll figure it out and make a wonderful costume for your daughter.
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:46 PM   #17
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Thank you all for your help! I think the tension adjustment worked - I will know for sure tomorrow when I "resew" it. My, it is a sensitive knob, isn't it? Thank you all for coming to my rescue so quickly! I will post a picture of the costume!
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Old 12-01-2007, 02:27 PM   #18
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Alternate repair

If nothing else works, take a look around the hole where the needle goes through the feed plate.
I had just spent a couple of hours trying to fix the thread 'birdnesting" under the fabric. I changed needles, changed thread, adjusted tension, cleaned the machine and beat my head against the wall. I finally noticed that the feed plate had a couple of burrs and a dent in it, presumably from a heavy duty needle that I recently bent trying to sew jeans. I took off the plate, pounded out the dent, and sanded off the burrs with a nail file. It worked perfectly!
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Old 12-01-2007, 02:31 PM   #19
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Home - thanks for the tip - if I have further problems I will check that out!
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