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06 Feb 2009 - 23:4110507
Sewing machine problem
I just happened to be trying to mend a set of waterproof leggings for a friend, and used the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine (Singer 1305C) for the first time. I was trying to sew the elastic into the waist, and the zig-zag stitch... well, it wasn't zig-zag. The needle would make the zig-zag movement but wouldn't pick up the bobbin thread, resulting in a long, straight line of stitching. Very intermittently it would do a burst of zig-zag and then go back to straight again.

Googling around it looks like I may need to oil the machine in a certain place but I couldn't quite make sense of the advice given. Has anyone else ever had this problem, and if so how did you fix it? The machine was definitely on zig-zag setting with a wide stitch, and I'm using the same thread for the bobbin and for the needle. I've tried fiddling around with the tension and the foot pressure, and I've tried unloading and reloading the bobbin. None of it seemed to make any difference!

Help and advice much appreciated as one of my Aya cosplays involves sewing lycra and I really need that zig-zag stitch!

Thankyou in advance

06 Feb 2009 - 23:4810508
it may sound silly but have you tried changing the needle?

Sometimes a mechine may miss stitches or miss the bobbin if it has a blunt needle?

Also you might want to use a Ball point needle for Lycra and stretchy fabrics.

You can get away with using a regular needle done it a few times my self but i do find it easier with the ball point.

06 Feb 2009 - 23:5210509
Indeed I have not. In fact, the needle is the one that came with the machine when I bought it eight months ago. I'm a sewing machine n00b and therefore somewhat incompetent ><;

I'll pop up to Dunelm Mill this weekend and pick up some new needles - thankyou!

Last edited by madmazda86 (06 Feb 2009 - 23:52)
07 Feb 2009 - 00:0010510
thats okay

i wouldnt have known my self if i hadnt gone through the same thing

should the needle not make any difference try running the machine by hand just to see how the thread is feeding through, you should see if its jumping out of the tension plate or coming unhooked from the needle arm

07 Feb 2009 - 00:0210511
Very good advice from Manga child. I once thought I had borken my machine because it refused to go through the fabric (I was sewing like.. 8 layers including a heavy coutil at the time XD) but I changed the needle, and then it went through like butter.

If new needles don't work then try playing with the tension a bit. I once had a problem where all the bobbin thread looped on the bottom and caused my machine to churn up the thread, get it caught in the feed, and have to cut the fabric off of the machine. The solution? lower the tension on the top thread because I'd been using a heavier than normal cotton reel, so the top tension was way too tight.

These sewing machines are fickle things.


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