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    Sewing help needed!

    I bought a Singer 185K. It was made in 1958 and is in great shape. My problem is that the thread keeps getting bundled up in the needle. I've tried adjusting my tension on it with no luck.

    Any ideas?

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    When was its last tune up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnoisaw View Post
    I bought a Singer 185K. It was made in 1958 and is in great shape. My problem is that the thread keeps getting bundled up in the needle. I've tried adjusting my tension on it with no luck.

    Any ideas?
    Is it getting bundled up right at the needle or on the top or bottem of the fabric?
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    what are you sewing? It could be sticky fabric, or you could have a sticky needle. Also, the thread may be to big for the needle (it shouldn't as long as they are normal thrad and needle though). Just some thoughts, clean everything.

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    Try a brand spanking new needle. Sometimes old needles get burrs which will shred the thread, not always enough to break it but enuf to bunch it up.

    Thread can also be funky. My wife has had trouble with certain color thread and times. Try a different spool of thread if changing the needle doesn't help.
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    I was having the same problem, especially when using generic velcro, but I also was using thread made for quilting instead of all purpose. Changing to really good thread made a big difference. Mule
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    Perhaps you should take the machine into a shop and have them check it out. I am not sure if you are an experienced seamster or not, but if not, they can help identify the problem. Those old machines are solid; when I took mine in for a tune up, it hadn't been turned on for at least 35-40 years. Yet, when I got it back from the tune-up, it runs fine.

    My tune-up cost $50. Worth every penny.

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    I would also suggest changing to a better quality thread. I use Guttermans available a Jo Anns Fabrics. Needles will also make a big difference. I use Singer brand needles.
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    When I first started sewing, I had this problem. I was making a few mistakes. I was using double sided tape to hold the pieces of fabric together. This was making the needle sticky so that the thread couldn't slide through. Also, I was using bad thread and that was causing another problem. Finally, the hole of one of my needles was too small, and that caused a problem one time. If it isn't one of these...I'm no help. Thats all I've got. Good Luck!
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    Wow! thanks for all the replies.

    When was its last tune up?
    I was told it was tuned up before I bought it via ebay. The person I bought from had a very high rating so I, “assume” she is ok.

    Is it getting bundled up right at the needle or on the top or bottom of the fabric?
    It gets bundled right at the needle. I'm starting to wonder if I'm threading the machine wrong. It didn't come with a manual.

    What are you sewing? It could be sticky fabric, or you could have a sticky needle. Also, the thread may be to big for the needle (it shouldn't as long as they are normal thrad and needle though). Just some thoughts, clean everything.
    I am sewing cordura (through two layers), using E69 thread (military rating-made for heavy material) and a new needle sized for the fabric.

    Perhaps you should take the machine into a shop and have them check it out. I am not sure if you are an experienced seamster or not, but if not, they can help identify the problem. Those old machines are solid; when I took mine in for a tune up, it hadn't been turned on for at least 35-40 years. Yet, when I got it back from the tune-up, it runs fine.
    Experianced? Sure I am. I made a couple pillows when I was in junior high in the early 70's. Does that count?
    Tune up. I may have to do that.
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