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advice about my mini sewing machine please

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anniebear Mon 19-Sep-11 10:04:18

got a 2nd hand mini sewing machine the other day, you know one of those 'easy' ones. Was going to try it and see how I got on before buying a proper one!

worked for a few mins then the cotton kept coming out of the needle as I sewed. Now everytime I se wit does it.

I am prob going to look so thick! and it will be something simple! it's like its pulling the cotton the wrong way as i sew till it comes out of the needle

does that make sense?!!

any idea's?

thank you

(ps I am very much a novice...can you tell lol)

Curiousmama Mon 19-Sep-11 10:05:14

Bumping for you. Just hope you haven't been robbed?

anniebear Mon 19-Sep-11 10:08:57

don't think so as it did work at first, then the cotton off the 'spool'????? ran out so I had to add more to it and replace!!!!!!!!! so I am thinking I have done something wrong!!!

RunsWithScissors Mon 19-Sep-11 10:11:13

Does the bobbin need more thread/cotton, or is it just the top spool that ran out?

anniebear Mon 19-Sep-11 12:25:20

it was the one underneath the needle?? but it has lots on it now

RunsWithScissors Mon 19-Sep-11 18:03:44

Yup, that's the bobbin.

Could be that the needle is blunt (would need replacing), or you could be going through fabric that is too thick.

Did you get a manual with it? If not try googling for a manual, might have a section on trouble shooting.


anniebear Mon 19-Sep-11 21:02:44

got a manual but not much in it lol, thanks for your help

DollyTwat Mon 19-Sep-11 21:05:54

Make sure you've got the needle threaded from the right direction, think it's right to left and that the needle is fitted properly

anniebear Tue 20-Sep-11 09:46:43

thank you

bruffin Tue 20-Sep-11 10:03:18

if it's those jml type ones they are useless. I bought one for dd, they just don't work properly.

PopcornMouse Tue 20-Sep-11 10:29:22

I agree with bruffin. Take it back and say it's faulty, and spend the money on a proper machine! smile

anniebear Wed 21-Sep-11 09:07:50

not a jml one but similar. I cant afford a proper sewing machine at the mo and have only been making things for about 3 weeks so I don't want to spend on one in case it is something I don't stick with smile

Plus I would be scared of a real big machine hahahahahahaa!!!

bruffin Wed 21-Sep-11 09:57:33

Try they have some very reasonable basic sewing machines, they are not scary really grin
I have the equiveilent of the £99 machine and it is more than good enough.
Haven't made anything for a long time but my DS 16 wanted a romantic type shirt for a fancy dress party and have been making that this week. Got a bit scared at the beginning but am nearly finished

anniebear Sat 24-Sep-11 07:46:31

thanks. have not even been brave enough to go back on it!

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