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From: westozmum
Date: 02-19-2007, 02:29 AM (1 of 5)
:nc: Hi All.

Got a new Brother domestic sewing machine at work,which is great but I am a bit baffled by what it is doing!

Basically we sew reflective tape on to garments for safety purposes. So when you are stitching along and come to a corner it always skips the corner stitch.

Previous machines have also had this little problem.

I have tried to adjust the tension and changed the needle.

It is as if the top thread doesnt pick up the bobbin...which made me think it was a tension prob or presser foot or needle???!!

It sews beautifully for the rest of the time!

thanking you all in advance for your thoughts


Westozmum aka Laura from the Land Down Under
User: westozmum
Member since: 02-16-2006
Total posts: 41
From: lamx
Date: 02-19-2007, 10:23 AM (2 of 5)
Since this has happened on more than one machine, I tend to think it is a matter of technique. Are you turning the corner with the needle all the way down in the fabric? If so, twisting the fabric might be pulling the upper thread around to the side of the needle where the hook can't catch it for that first stitch. Try just putting the point of the needle into the fabric on the downward stroke. As the needle completes its down stroke, it should pull the thread back around to the back of the needle.

User: lamx
Member since: 05-04-2006
Total posts: 44
From: westozmum
Date: 02-19-2007, 11:22 PM (3 of 5)
Thanks Ed,

I think you might be right as we have tried to "walk" thru the corner and this gets a better corner.

So now I think i will look at the technique and watch carefully how and where we are going wrong.

Thank you very much

Westozmum aka Laura from the Land Down Under
User: westozmum
Member since: 02-16-2006
Total posts: 41
From: Tom Land
Date: 02-20-2007, 10:58 PM (4 of 5)
Ed is probably right. I have also had people with this problem that were turning the handwheel backwards at the corners. This can also cause a skip.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
From: Helen Weiss
Date: 02-21-2007, 12:27 PM (5 of 5)
Wow! This is exactly why I love this site!! I've had this problem for years, but never thought to post the question. Now I have the answer - many thanks for all those valuable questions and answers!!
User: Helen Weiss
Member since: 10-16-2003
Total posts: 69
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