My Brother Pacesetter 8200 sort of "eats" the fabric at the beginning of a
seam. It does fine after I actually get the seaming going, but when I
first start it, it pulls a bit of the fabric down into the feed dogs.
Does anyone have any suggestions, or do I just need to load it up and take
it to the shop?
There may be several things at work here:
1: Needle - is it nice and new? A blunt or damaged needle can have this
effect, as can a needle that is too thick for the fabric.
2: Thread - it this too thick for the fabric? That too can drag it into
the hole... Also, you might need to hang on to the thread tails to help
3: Fabric - fine fabrics sometimes need help: rather than starting right
on the edge of the fabric, pop a bit of tissue under the foot and sew
onto the fabric after an inch or so of sewing on the tissue. It'll tear
out of the seam really easily afterwards.
4: The hole is too big! Some machines have quite a large hole for
zigzag and decorative stitches, especially if the widest setting is 7mm.
If you do a lot of straight stitching, it would be a good move to
invest in a straight stitch needle plate and foot for the machine.
Try some of these first, before taking the machine in for 'fixing' it
may not need. :)
In article ,
I'm assuming that you are holding your threads when you start your seam.
Adding onto what Kate said, be sure you are using a ballpoint for knits
and a sharp (not a universal) for especially lightweight wovens. Some
machines never require a single hole plate and some do very often. The
regular stitch plate on my 9 mm Bernina never sucks fabric into the hole
but my Janome at only 7 mm is an entirely different story so I have to
use a single hole stitch plate with it. Several other "tricks" are:
1) Start sewing on a little scrap of a heavier fabric positioned right
on the edge of (right behind) your chosen fabric and then snip it off
when you are done. This is an old quilters trick. Don't forget to
secure your seam. A built-in securing stitch is preferable to
back-stitching in these instances.
2) For the first stitch, bring the needle into the fabric *manually*
before lowering the presser foot. Then lower the foot and bring up the
needle while you hold the threads taut. This is a thread nest treatment
but can sometimes work for your problem too. Lowering the presser foot
engages the tension.
3) Drop the feed dogs, secure your seam nearly in place and then raise
the feed dogs.
A great deal more stitching, these days, requires a stabilizer. Old
phone book pages work too but be sure the ink won't rub off on your
Thanks for everyone's suggestions as to how for my machine not to "eat" the
Using a scrap of fabric at the start did help, as did using paper, so
maybe I can finish my project before taking the machine to the shop. I
guess it needs to go, because it did not eat the fabric for years, just
started doing it recently.
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