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Topic Title: Help! Machine not stitching straight.
Topic Summary: Stitches not perfect
Created On: 01/27/2011 12:24 PM
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 01/27/2011 12:24 PM
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hollydilecce

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I need help! My DC2010 just recently began not making perfectly straight stitches. The first three stitches are perfect, but every one after that is slightly slanted. I have checked:

thread tension
cleaned fuzz under plate and bobbin area

I'm not sure what to do about this. I can't find anything helpful in the manual. I can still sew things where you won't see the stitching and it doesn't matter, but this won't do forever. Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
 01/27/2011 08:18 PM
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Warbler

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Please do not panic. Your machine is fine and is quite normal. Slant stitches has more to do with the thread weight and fabric combination than anything else. All machines with the exception of straight stitch only machines have this occurrence of slant stitches.

What needle size are you using? What is the weight of the thread? What kind of fabric are you sewing?

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 01/30/2011 01:30 PM
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hollydilecce

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Thank you for your response, Warbler. The needle size is 11 and the fabric is light to medium weight cotton. I'm not sure about the thread, but I'll pay better attention to that. I guess I had never noticed the slant before, and worried that something may be wrong with the machine. The stitching is secure and holds the seam, so I'll keep sewing. Thanks, again.
 02/01/2011 04:12 PM
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CherylAnn

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Hollydilecce,

I know what you are experiencing as I found the same thing happened to me when I got my Memory Craft 6000 many years ago. I had a Pfaff 1222 and it sewed like a dream but I wanted more so purchase that lovely Janome and have been a loyal Janome customer ever since. It isn't the needle as much as the drop-in bobbin being the culprit. However, I'll take that drop-in bobbin over the other hands down. The cause is the way the thread comes from the side to loop with the needle thread at a 90 degree angle versus coming straight up for that loop. Don't worry, if it stays together you have nothing to worry about. Have fun sewing.

Cheryl

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 02/03/2011 07:06 PM
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skunkbad

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Assuming that the machine doesn't require any adjustments, a slightly slanted stitch may also be caused by needle deflection. This "problem" may be resolved by using a straight stitch plate, a sharp tip needle (as opposed to a universal or ball tip), and a straight stitch foot.

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 02/04/2011 09:49 PM
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Warbler

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What I think CherylAnn is saying is the drop in bobbin or a machine that has a horizontal rotary hook stitches more smoothly than a ocsillating hook. I think the excellence of Janome's stitch quality is because of the rotary hook.

This is a good expanation.

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