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Doing free motion quilting, feed dogs down, and the thread keeps jamming under the plate. It jams the needle and there's several small lengths of thread maybe 1/2 inch jammed below.

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Slow down the movement of the needle. Make movement of the fabric a little faster. If this happens when you are sewing fabric with the feed dog operating then the bobbin tension is too tight (top set at four). Also, make sure the pressure foot isn't set too tight. If the material is thin you will probably need to use stabilizer.

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SOURCE: Thread keeps on jamming under the metal plate below feed dog, and fabric will not move. Tried changing needles, thread, re threading etc...but to no avail.

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Fabric does not move under pressure foot


Look for a lever under the plate that disengages the feed dogs for free form quilting. More detail would help. My wife is a quilter.

Mar 08, 2018 | Sewing Machines

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Singer 6235 - the fabric is not advancing regardless of stitch length or tension


Could be any of a multitude of reasons.

Check whether the feed dogs are actually rising 'above' the needle plate. If not, then they may be in a dropped position used for darning and free motion quilting.

Sometimes the feed dogs and the mechanism underneath is jammed with lint and debris. Make sure the dog teeth are well cleaned. Also check if the tips of the teeth are worn. Also verify that the needle plate is flush with the free arm--if it is raised, it will prevent the feed dogs from doing their job.

The other thing to check is whether the machine has a presser foot pressure adjustment. Some machines have it, others do not. On newer machines, it is usually a dial somewhere around the left side of the head or toward to top of the head. On older machines, unfortunately, some are simply a big screw head on the inside of the case directly above the presser foot bar. It basically applies more pressure to the presser foot, which in turn applies more pressure to the feed dogs. The problem will usually show up when sewing either very heavy or very fine fabric. Perhaps trying a different presser foot will make a difference.

I don't know what is the highest number the stitch length goes to on your machine, but a #2 stitch length is pretty short on mine. Try setting it higher.

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Why won't my singer simple feed the material and the thread jams up on top?


For feeding the material, check that the feed dogs are in the "up" position and not set for darning or free motion quilting.

For the thread jam:
Clean the bobbin area of any lint, threads, or debris.
Be sure to clean the feed dogs and under the needleplate.
Install a brand new needle.
Remove the thread from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading.
Rethread the machine from the beginning.
Verify the thread path is correct.
Set the upper tension to the midway point
Retest the machine.

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Bobbin thread will not catch unless the foot is down?


Ashleigh--Your machine will work satisfactorily ONLY if the presser foot is down. When the presser foot is up, the tension disk is released, therefore, no tension = a big knot of thread.

To free motion quilt, you should drop the feed dogs. Install a darning foot (this foot is shorter in length so when it is lowered, there is a space between the presser foot and needle plate). The space allows the fabric to be moved easily while stitching.

Some sewists will free motion quilt without a presser foot (if they don't have a darning foot), but that is very dangerous as one can easily sew through a finger. However, even when sewing without a presser foot, the presser foot mechanism needs to be lowered in order to properly form stitches.

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I have a Pfaff 4.2 Quilt Expression. I am free motion quilting and the bobbin thread keeps hanging up. Any suggestions?


1. The top loading bobbin cases have small brackets to keep them from turning or moving up or down.
2. Adjust brackets with small screwdriver. Allow enough room for thread to flow through.
3. Rotate hand wheel both directions to make sure the bobbin case doesn't move around. Also, watch the thread to see if it is flowing across the top of the bobbin case.
4. You may need to slow down movement of your "free motion". Also, make sure you are using the right pressure foot.
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Not sure what the problem is but you might try this:

Remove the top thread completely from the machine.
Make sure the machine is cleaned under the needle plate, the hook/bobbin area, the feed dogs, etc.
If your manual instructs oiling, do so as described.
Confirm that the feed dogs are in the raised position.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot then rethread the top thread from the beginning.
Verify the thread path is correct.
Confirm the needle is installed correctly (does the flat part face the right direction?). Is it the right needle for your machine.
Set the top tension to the midway point.
Check that the stitch length is set to at least #2.
Re-test your machine. Tweak the top tension until the top and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

Some machines have a presser foot pressure adjustment that increases or decreases the amount of pressure the presser foot applies to the fabric and the feed dogs. You may need to increase this pressure.

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Thread keeps breaking and thread sometimes


I am guessing here because I don't know what kind of thread you are using but, I am guessing that you have something in the upper tension discs causing the thread to not have tension, first I would recommend if you can see in to the disc put the foot in the up position and and blow out the disc. If this doesn't work take it to you local dealer and have the tensions adjusted, also look at the needle plate and see if there are marks in the hole, if there are it would be wise to either clean them out or get a new needle plate they will severely affect free motion

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I had the same dissatisfaction when I switched from the 1+ to the Designer 1. After some trials I am now happy. You need the springy free motion foot. Part #413 03 76-45. You take off the white shank and screw it on with the metal bar over the needle hook. In the set menu turn the SensorQ on, the free motion on, select stitch 1 from menu V and drop the feed dogs. It also makes a big difference to use the straight stitch throat plate which just has a small hole for the needle to go through. One other hint is that I often have to reduce my needle tension 3 or 4 steps. Hope it works for you.

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