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I just changed the thread and bobbin in my machine and have been sewing with it regularly. Now, after the thread change, the sitches are all different sizes. The machine will stitch for a few good stitches, and then miss a few, leaving gap,or a much longer stitch. Does anyone know what is wrong? How can I fix it?<br>
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First rethread the whole thing from scratch, needle thread and bobbin.<br>
If that doesn't work, try changing the needle in your machine.<br>
Those should take care of it!
 

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boingo-<br>
thanks for the advice, but it did not help at all! I went and bought brand new needles and rethreaded the machine countless times.<br><br><br>
It is still making incomplete stitches, compltely randomly. For example, with the zig zag stitch, there is only a straight stitch, and no zig or zag. Anyone have any insight????
 

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yes, good catch. I am sewing a diaper and working with PUL and microfleece for the first time. However, I bought a diaper kit and she recommends a ball point needle. I went to buy ball point needles today, at your suggestion. But it still messes up (I'm using the #11).<br>
Currently, I am attaching the velcro to the microfleece, but the machine skips with any fabric. There will be about 1/2 good stitches and the rest are these "half stitches", where it seems one of the threads is not being picked up.
 

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What if you try putting a piece of paper under the fabric, sewing, and then tearing it off?<br><br>
I do remember the same thing when working with PUL and microfleece, it's one of the reasons I prefer making wool covers.
 

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I have to use a plastic, rolling presser foot when working with either pull or microfleece. Even then, I still need to be careful. I blame it on this weather, it's so humid, the pul is sticking and the microfleece is just a pita.
 

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Sounds like a tension problem to me. Different fabrics require different tension settings.<br><br>
Thread the top with a different color thread than whatever color you have in the bobbin and sew for a while.<br><br>
Say you had red in the bobbin thread spool and green in the top thread spool.<br><br>
Now look at the result. If the tension is right, then one side is red and the other side green and the threads are interlocking in the middle of the fabric so it cannot be seen easily.<br><br>
If the tension is off, you can look at the color thread that is wonky to give you a clue as to which tension to try adjusting.<br><br>
You will have to look in your actual model manual to tell you where you knobs are for adjusting the top and if you use a screwdriver or what to deal with your bottom bobbin one.<br><br>
Now with Aplix... I found it help to glue those suckers down with fabric glue and set over night before trying to stitch around them, esp on fleece. Pins or mini clothespins wer ehelpful in other parts of diaper construction but forget it. Glue for the Aplix!<br><br>
I also used a SHARP needle on the APlix sewing even though I used a BALL on the fleece parts. I also went up in size if needed. That Aplix stuff is thick all by itself, much less trying to pierce that and the diaper sandwich it is on.<br><br>
HTH!<br>
A.<br><br>
PS: Make sure your bobbin thread went CLOCKWISE and not backwards. So if you are holding the bobbin case with the open side facing you so you can lay a thread spool into it.. if you were to pull some thread the spool should spin clockwise. Counterclockwise leads to tangles.<br><br>
It didn't sound to me like that was it, but maybe it is? Are you getting a nest of thread in the bobbin area too? That means it is not unwinding in the right direction and causing the sewing to get "backed up."
 

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PS: Make sure your bobbin thread went CLOCKWISE and not backwards. So if you are holding the bobbin case with the open side facing you so you can lay a thread spool into it.. if you were to pull some thread the spool should spin clockwise. Counterclockwise leads to tangles.<br><br>
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That depends on the machine, on mine the bobbin thread goes counter-clockwise.
 

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is your needle in correctly? all the way up and the flat side facing the way it is susposed to?<br><br>
try different thread.<br><br>
is your bobbin area linty?<br><br>
try a stretch needle (sometimes folks will use ball point and stretch to refer to the same type needle, both are blount rounded ended but the shaft is made different on the stretch needle to avoid skipped stitches)<br><br><a href="http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3491&PRODID=prd56722&source=search" target="_blank">http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...&source=search</a><br>
Ball point needles penetrate between the fibers of the fabric, not thr ough the fibers like a sharp needle. Ball point needles are best suit ed to knit fabrics<br><br><a href="http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat353848&PRODID=prd3146&source=search" target="_blank">http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...&source=search</a><br>
Stretch This sewing machine needle is designed specifically for synthetic suades and elastic knitwear. The special construction prevents skipped stitches common to knits. 5 in each pkg. Made in Germany.<br>
this may be more information that you want but <a href="http://www.schmetz.com/" target="_blank">http://www.schmetz.com/</a>
 

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Thank you so much for the replies. I have not yet solved the problem, but we had company in town this weekend and I was just too frustrated, so I set it aside for awhile. I hope to get back to it this week. If not, then I am just not destined to make diapers....not the biggest loss, I suppose. Thanks again.
 
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