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    I am rolling now As I suspected the shaft holding the tension mechanism needed to be lengthened. It was all the way in and no matter what I tried it had too much top tension.

    I also found another issue. I was sewing over the straight pins. I read somewhere it was OK and however it was causing a few issues for me.

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    What type of problems are you having sewing over the pins? That's how I was taught and I haven't had any issues.

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    If the pins run across the seamline there should be minimal problems. Possibly a bump now and then. The closer the pins get to in=line with the seam the more problematic it becomes.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Right. They need to be perpendicular to the seam.

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    Yes I was installing the pins across the seam. I actually struck them and the needle deflected enough to skip a stitch when it did.

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    Hitting pins:
    Sometimes a ballpoint needle will catch on some brands of pins. Don't know why and haven't put them under the microscope for a better look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    Hitting pins:
    Sometimes a ballpoint needle will catch on some brands of pins. Don't know why and haven't put them under the microscope for a better look.
    My guess would be the ball point needles have a bigger surface area at the point than the sharps. The sharps would push the pin aside unless you whack it dead center at high speed. The ball points are made for knits. They are used to push through the fiber instead of weakening it by piercing and possibly cutting the fiber. I would not use a ball point needle unless I was using a knit. I especially would not use one on silnylon because it would be more apt to push the fabric into the throat plate and leave a bigger whole than a sharp.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    Hitting pins:
    Sometimes a ballpoint needle will catch on some brands of pins. Don't know why and haven't put them under the microscope for a better look.
    I read that when that happens, it could actually knock your sewing machine out of time.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    do not fear the bobbin tension.....I use a Sailrite LS1 sail making machine designed for sails and upholstery...it also sews normal every day materials, but changing from heavy upholstery thread to a normal polyester thread requires an adjustment to the bobbin tension. took a little experimentation to go from sewing 6 layers of heavy dacron sailcloth to sil nylon before i figured it out, going back to the sailcloth was easier, just turned the tension screw BACK the same number of turns...

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