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Sewing Machine

I got a sewing machine from DH for Christmas, Ive wanted one for a long time so i was really thrilled. Problem is i dont know how to use it. I took it out and begin reading the set-up instructions for winding the bobbin & threading the needle. While im pretty sure i got that part right, when i go to sew on something its not stitching, its either just running through it without threading the holes is making or it will eat my fabric and knot it up.
Lemme guess not threaded right?

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probably not threaded right, or you have the tension set wrong, or the material is too thick for your setting, or the bobbin winding is still on........or or or...is pretty hard to say w/o seeing it. are you going to try some quilting? where did he get it? one place or the other should have some tips and tricks for ya. even if you aren't going to go whole hog on quilting, taking a basic/beginner quilting class should help you quite a bit. tell the instructor you have NO experience and are having problems. she can probably get ya started. hth!

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I think i may take a class or two. I figured out that perhaps my threading wasnt right because when i got it right it no longer ate my project. Also i noticed that the thread keeps breaking, would that be a problem with the fabric being too thick? Im sewing on a denim like fabric. Perhaps i need a bigger needle? Im still not completely sure about the tension setting, or other settings, because ive never used a sewing machine in my whole life. DH got it for me for Christmas from walmart, its a brother. I love it, just wish, that i knew how to use it. And my stiches are soo crooked.. Ugh i hope i get better at this. Thanks for your help.

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Are you threading from front to back? Somtimes that can be a problem. Sorry I'm not much help.

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it could be the needle, but more likely, if the needle isn't breaking, it is likely too weak a thread.

and with a lil practice, your lines will be FINE. is your manual pretty easy to follow? sometimes those stupid things are written in Greek! if you didn't get one, go online. there are LOTS of rescourses avail Wink

and warning: quilting classes can be addictive and VERY expensive. why? cuz it always leads to bigger, badder, prettier and MORE EXPENSIVE quilts: but they are FUN! I love putting them together Wink

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The needle isnt breaking its just the thread. Does anyone recommend any good threads?

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you can get it just about anywhere, look for quilting thread, or ask questions. I get stuff at Walmart and it works all the time. what is your tension set at? it IS most likely the thread. think there is denim thread. I know there is upholstry thread that is mega thick. if you head to Joanns or Hancock you can get a ton of help there. good luck, KUP

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joyce,
try using Guterman thread for denim, or their basic thread. It is all %100 polyester, so it is stronger than the %100 cotton stuff, or even the blend stuff. There are different types of needles for different fabrics. Usually you can use the universal needle for everything, but I would recommend using a denim or leather needle for very thick fabric, and a special fabric for extra thin stuff.
I find that my thread breaks easily when the tension is not right. Check your book for the tension settings for denim. It is usually a bit looser.
Good luck!
-Jodi