Fashion Mate

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Apr/09
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having problems with my sewing machine?

i have a singer fashion mate 360 and ive been trying to learn how to sew on it. every time i start sewing the bobbin thread underneath the cloth always bunches up and it gets tangled. how do i fix this?

Dollars to donut holes, you've got a bad needle, a misthreaded machine, a dirty
machine, or you're not starting your seams correctly. I'm betting on misthreaded, probably threading with the presser foot down, or you're trying to sew with the presser foot up.

I did a series of photos of what happens with some common misthreadings of a
sewing machine. They're in pairs; the first pair is from a correctly threaded
machine, the rest are from the same machine that I deliberately misthreaded.
See if you find a match here -- red thread is in the bobbin, blue thread on
top: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/22521551

As far as cures:
The 10 minute fix for most of what ails most sewing machines:
-- Dig out the manual. Take all the thread out of/off of the
machine. Pull the needleplate and the bobbin case if it's
removeable. Clean and oil per the manual's recommendation. Use a
brush and vacuum, not compressed air (which blows lint in
farther), and real sewing machine oil, not 3-in-1 type oil (it
hardens and freezes the machine) nor WD-40 type stuff (it's a
solvent, not a lubricant).

-- Put in a new needle of the correct point style for the fabric
you're sewing (ballpoint for knits, sharps for wovens) and the
right size for the thickness of fabric (10/70 for shirting weight
fabrics, 12/80 for heavy shirtings or light pantsweight. 14/90
for medium to heavy pantsweight, 16/100 for very heavy fabrics.
Make sure the needle is in right way around -- a needle in
backwards will skip stitches or not stitch at all.

-- Take a good look at the bobbin. If it's lumpy or you spot
loops, strip off the thread and rewind. Bobbins should be
smoothly and evenly wound. Wind at a slow, steady speed -- it
helps with tension issues if the thread isn't stretching as it's
being wound.

-- Rethread, with manual in hand. Make sure the presser foot is
UP when you thread the top -- it opens the top tension so that
the thread actually gets in between the tension disk (loops on
the bottom, not enough tension on top).

-- Fetch up the bobbin thread. You need about a 4" tail of thread
top and bottom. Run both threads under the presser foot and
behind it.

-- If you've been playing with the top tension, set it to 4. If
you've been playing with the bobbin tension, let me know and
we'll try to rebalance it, but you're likely to have to take it
into the shop.

Now, each and every time you start to sew a seam, this is how you
do it:

1) Place the fabric under the needle, and use the handwheel to
lower the needle into the fabric (be sure to turn it the right
way... seee the manual).

2) Drop the presser foot.

3) Hold the thread tails behind the presser foot with your left
hand.

4) Take a couple of stitches

5) Drop the thread tails and sew normally.

Really good habit to cultivate: whenever you sit down at the
machine for the first time that day, take two minutes and give it
a basic cleaning. You'll save $$$ on repair bills and extend the
life of the machine.

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