Sewing Problem

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  1. Nov 9, 2019 at 12:54 AM #1

    Bruiser

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    I'm having a problem with my Singer machine. It is about 10 years old but hasn't been used much, just for my rocketry. Here's what's going on.

    I like to sew loops in elastic for my shock cords. I'm no seamstress but I've been doing okay with it until now. I am trying to sew the loops in 1/2 Estes Pro Cord for my Ventris and the thread from the upper spool keeps going down into the bobbin area. After just a few zig-zags it just quite working. I made sure the thread is routed correctly and I took apart the bobbin area, wiped it out and put a few drops of oil in. Still having the same problem. Any ideas?

    TIA,
    -Bob
     
  2. Nov 9, 2019 at 1:32 AM #2

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    For doing strap for Gary I have the upper tension wheel on 6. I use an old Sears machine for strap. Hope this helps. MIKI
     
  3. Nov 9, 2019 at 3:09 AM #3

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    My wife suggest looking at the manual in the troubleshooting area. Look online if you don't have a hard copy.
     
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    Are you keeping tension on both threads, as you're getting started?

    Tony
     
  5. Nov 9, 2019 at 4:13 AM #5

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    Check that you don’t have a dull needle. The smallest barb or dulling on the needle causes all kinds of problems.
    Secondly watch your tension. Heavier fabrics/materials require more tension.
     
  6. Nov 9, 2019 at 2:45 PM #6

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    I agree that this sounds like an upper thread tension problem. Can you post a picture of what you’re seeing?

    If you have a sewing machine store nearby, they will often help with troubleshooting issues like this for free.
     
  7. Nov 9, 2019 at 2:50 PM #7

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    I see your problem from here: "sew loops in elastic"
    Get rid of that stuff!
     
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    Yes get rid of the underware strap.
     
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    A simple fix to many problems is accomplished by checking your thread and assuring it does not have tiny knots, clumps or flaws in the top bobbin thread. it it does, they will get caught in the eye of the needle and cause jams of the needle, tractor shoe, and thread to be forced into the lower bobbin due to a tension buildup. Nomex often comes with such knots. I don't know the fix other than buy new thread, get needles with larger eyes, or begin to enjoy threading the lower bobbin.
     
  10. Nov 9, 2019 at 5:08 PM #10

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    I did look at the manual and that is what led me to try cleaning the bobbin area and to check the path of the upper thread.

    I was thinking on this when I was trying to go to sleep last night and I wondered if a dull needle would cause it. I think I am going to try a new needle and some new thread. Got to go to Walmart this weekend anyway so I'll pick them up.

    I'll also check the tension when I give it a try Tuesday. If it's still not working I'll get some pics.

    Thanks for all the help,
    -Bob
     
  11. Nov 10, 2019 at 11:43 PM #11

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    I’m trying to interpret the problem but making some assumptions...

    If the bobbin isn’t picking up the thread your needle could be slightly rotated- there’s often a recessed area on the needle that has to face right.

    If not, the timing may be off- particularly a problem if you sewed through lots of heavy material or your needle is dull. The manual will have details about this and there’s a lot of you tube videos that will help you restore the timing.
     
  12. Nov 11, 2019 at 6:59 PM #12

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    Are you using a good thread? Cheap thread will cause issues with your machine. Also, is your machine a vertical bobbin or a horizonal bobbin?
    And all the other solutions suggested are good to check out also.
     

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