It sounds as if you are trying to attach a cushion to a chair, but the holes the screw fits into are too large. Below is an article on several methods to correct the problem: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-to-fix-a-stripped-screw-hole-3536468
Thank you so much! I am going to try one of these tips right now.
Put glue on a toothpick or match, insert into screw hole, let dry 24 hours, then use original screw to hold the cushions.