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Is my sewing machine defective?

mary777 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi, I am an absolute beginner and am using a Singer Inspiration 4220. I am using it for the 1st time. When I do a straight stitch, the side of the fabric that is facing me looks fine. But the other side shows one thread looping around the other thread that forms a straight line; this is not right, is it?. Shouldn’t both sides look the same?

I increased the tension and I still see the loops on one side. Is the machine defective?

I am trying to make a hem and have to have the right side of the fabric facing me (hence I can’t see where the hem is or where I am supposed to sew). I have to do it this way so the stitches will look nice on the right side of the fabric. Not having the hem facing me can’t be correct.  I should be facing the wrong side of the fabric when sewing the hem (e.g. the folded hem should be facing up/facing me).

Thanks for any insight.



  1. sewchris703 | | #1

    Try rethreading the top thread.  It sounds like the top thread didn't go through the tension properly.  If that's the case, then tightening the tension isn't going to do anything because the thread isn't in the tension.  While your at it, double check the bobbin as well to make sure that it's in the bobbin case correctly.


    1. mary777 | | #2

      Chris, thank you very much, your suggestion did the trick!


  2. BernaWeaves | | #3

    My old Singers have had this problem for years.

    Everyone would tell me that I wasn't threading the machine correctly, so I'd make them watch me, while I followed the directions in the manual.  It would work perfectly.  They would leave, and without rethreading the machine, it would start looping on the backside again.

    I finally gave up and bought a Janome and haven't had that problem since.


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    CostumerVal | | #4

    Mary, glad it worked out for you.  You can get alot of nice attachments for your singer, you may be interested in a blind hem foot, which will take 4 straight stitches and 1 zigzag.  This gives a nice nearly invisible hem for finer fabrics and makes it real easy to "ease" an A-line hem.  If your machine can move the needle to the side while making a straight stitch, then an edge stitch foot is nice.  If it only sews in the center then a 5 groove pintuck foot is a good one.  For top stitching or edge stitching, you line the seam up with one of the notches in the front of the foot and keep it there while you sew.  Your top stitching will be perfectly placed.

    Books, let me see.  I'ld go with Palmer/Pletsch "Fit for Real People"  It gets depressing sewing things that don't fit.  This one is a real winner for pattern fitting.  A nice all around sewing book is in order also.  I've checked out "Vogue" sewing book.  They just updated it and it has everything you would need to know.  And of course, a subscription to Threads!  Keep in touch.  Val

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