Jun 25, 2012 at 11:43 am #1291379
My sewing machine died. Just bunches up in the bobbin
I think I wore it out with heavy duty thread.
Am in the middle of my bug bivy. The bottom is done.
I have to attach the netting.
Looks like I have to go to the needle. Any stitch recommendation?
The only one I know is the button hole.
Thanks.Jun 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm #1890005
Way before I learned on a sewing machine my grandma showed me how to do a whip stitch and locking whip stitch. Googling it for video or diagram would probably be help full. You could always use the over and under method as well.
| then V ____________fabric/ make sure you lock or knot the first stich. If you can whip stitch it, it would go aloot quicker. Or borrow someone elses sewing machine. I can send you one for the cost of package and shipping if you want. I'm am a bit of a collector and my wife would love to see one leave instead of come home.
JoelJun 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm #1890009
FYI I'm in indiana so it could possibly get there in just a couple of days with cheap shipping. Shoot me a pm if interested. We can work out the detailsJun 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm #1890029
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
I doubt your machine has worn out. Seriously.
Step 1: strip it down, top and bottom, and clean it out, then oil it. Check for really free running with no needle or thread.
Step 2: go over all the tension adjustments and get them right. You may need a manual. Check the web for this.
Ah – is it an older mechanical one or a modern one with plastic gears, stepper motors and electronics? The modern ones can lose a sync sensor – which sometimes can be fixed.
CheersJun 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm #1890089
I don't see why a simple baste stitch shouldn't work. When I hand-stitch gear I usually just set up a french seam and then baste two lines of stitching. Will take you a minute but it will be just as strong as if you'd done it on the machine. Just sew in a straight line!Jun 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm #1890326
Joel — thank you for the offer, but this was to be my last myog. I will drop into manual mode to wrap this up.
Roger — this is a plastic pos singer kid machine. There is only one tension adjustment. Nothing else. I did clean and oil it. I am using the same thread and needle size and material (silnylon) from my last project, but I cannot get it to sew anymore. It just bunches up and then freezes. Even on a good day it, it did not do a good job. Oh well. I would use it for a boat anchor, but I don't own a boat.
Nancy — I will review the baste stitch. Thank you too.
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