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Sewing machine problem: machine won't tighten the loops under the material

A year ago I loaned my Brother XL-2600i to my kid's school, and only now have I tried using it again. Yep: they messed it up. The thread tangles up around the bobbin, and it makes grinding noises. ...
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Will lack of a zig-zag stitch be a problem for me?

I just got a secondhand sewing machine. The straight stitch, blind stitch, and stretch stitch settings work, but the zig-zag setting doesn't (the needle doesn't move side-to-side). I plan to use the ...
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Raising the bobbin thread doesn't work

I am just learning my Singer Inspiration 4210 sewing machine. I've had some good luck with it so far, got some basic stitching done. Then it jammed up on me, I had to pull it all out and tethered ...
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How to pick an embroidery machine

I'm looking at buying an embroidery machine (or more specifically my partner is). We only have one real hard requirement: The machine must be capable to accepting a pattern from our computer that ...
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Thread slipping out of tension discs, off spring, upper lever or bobbin thread slips out of tension

While sewing along a nice straight line the thread bunches, I look at the thread path and it is out from between the tension disks or not on the spring or the bobbin thread is out from under the ...
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What to look for in a good beginner's sewing machine?

I've been thinking about learning to sew and would like to get to the point where I could possibly make a dress (and try to invent one with pockets). I've repaired buttons and rips by hand but guess ...
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What happened to slant-needle sewing machines?

Slant-needle sewing machines used to be all the rage, and it's easy to see why: being able to see what you're sewing better is great. But nobody makes them anymore. Instead, most modern machines have ...
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How do I fix upper thread tension being too high?

Recently my sewing machine (Brother CS6000i) has started acting up, such that the lower stitches are pulled through to the top, and the top thread is so taut that the fabric puckers or bunches up. I ...
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What should I look for when getting a treadle sewing machine second hand?

I already explored getting a modern sewing machine second hand in this question. Now I would like to consider a treadle as well. I quite enjoy traditional tools where muscle power is used over ...
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How can stop my thread bunching when using a sewing machine?

I've recently started using a sewing machine to make simple cushion covers. But I've run into a consistent problem of bunching. Below is an example of what I'm experiencing: I've checked that my feed ...
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What is the difference between serger, coverstitch, and overlock machines?

I have a standard sewing machine, but am thinking about buying a machine that is better suited to knits. I thought they were are all just "sergers" but after doing some research I've heard: serger ...
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What criteria should I be considering when looking at a second hand sewing machine?

I understand the basic concept of how a sewing machine works. I also know there are many varieties of sewing machines e.g. they are capable of doing their own sets of stitches and what not, supporting ...