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    Malfunctioning thread injector - repair or replace?

    My thread injector all of a sudden, started tangling thread in the bobbin area. I just finished a tarp without a hitch and while making the stuff sack, it ran out of bobbin thread. I reloaded the bobbin and now, the thread catches on part of the machinery underneath there and tangles up. Nothing looks damaged in there.

    Now a little history. I bought the machine at Walmart for $80. It's a Brother LS-2125i. I bought the cheap machine over two years ago, not knowing if the DIY thing was for me or not. Well, 3 quilts, 2 ponchos, a tarp and countless stuff sacks, I'm definitely hooked. However, I'm never going to go pro.

    My dilemma is this. It would probably cost me $80 dollars to get the machine repaired, right? So, why not buy another $80 dollar machine? I know this feels ridiculous but the math makes sense.

    I could go a little higher in price, but not much. I did search out the cheapest Janome machine, a model 2206 for $99. I've heard names like Janome and Juki, but, I don't know anything about any machine, so could anyone recommend a machine of higher quality than my old $80 Brother that would only be in the low $100's?

    I'm having withdrawal symptoms already!

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    My buddies 2125 runs great unless you put the bobbin in backwards. Try flipping the spool in them bobbin. If you haven't tried that yet, I bet it solves your problem immediately.

    Jbo

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    I have the same machine, paid $35 for it used... Mine did that when I bent a needle or screwed with the bobbin tension...

    lots of luck!
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    John! You just saved me from buying another thread injector! I played with the bottom tension and now it's working like it's old self! Thanks!!!

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    Make sure you take off the top cover (1 screw) and lubricate everything. Your machine might be due for a good cleaning: take off the bottom plate, clean all the lint out of it, and apply a good oil. (I use Singer oil, some have used Hoppes gun oil)

    Glad it was so simple.

    I normally change needles every 3-5 bobbins... new needles work great!
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