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Lower thread problem

I have a Brother XL-6562 machine. I was hemming my son's jeans. I have a denim heavy duty needle in the macine. It was a little tough getting over the side seam, where it was thick, but I found if I pulled it through, it would go through ok. I went through a side seam, then finished the hem. It seemed to be fine, then I went to start another hem and the machine makes a sound, the bobbin seems to be jumping around and the lower thread just bunches up and tangles. The material stops feeding due to all the tangled mess on the bottom. I've tried re-threading. Any suggestions?
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Amanda Lambert
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  • Greg Isgood Aug 16, 2011

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  • smbornagain9 Aug 16, 2011

    It's been a while since I had this problem. The first thing to check for is to make sure you have proper tension on your presser foot. A lot of times when you start a thick seem like that, folks will forget to put the presser foot all the way down. Secondly make sure the thread in the bobbin is turned in the correct position so the thread comes off in the recommended direction. Use the proper size needle for thread and fabric size. A size 14 is recommended for bluejean fabric. Also use a scrap piece of the fabric your sewing with at the thickness your sewing with and check your thread tension, compare to chart in owner's manuel.

    Last but not least a trick to going over thick seems without bogging down your machine is to balance the presser foot. Basically you get a scrap piece of fabric and fold it to the same thickness as your seem. When the front of the presser foot comes in contact with the seem, you stop sewing, lift your presser foot, place the scrap fabric under the back of the foot, behind the thread, so as not to catch the scrap fabric in the needle. Then put the presser foot back down and sew over the seem. As the foot goes down the other side of the seem, you simply move the scrap fabric from behind around to the front, leveling the foot, but being careful not to sew into your scrap fabric.
    Last tip is to say that, if you've gone over a thick seem incorrectly, you can very easily damage your machine, and it is impossible to fix without the proper equipment. Hope this helps.

  • smbornagain9 Aug 16, 2011

    Oh and I forgot to mention that if you've pulled your fabric, the needle is probably now bent and needs to be replaced. That would explain why now the thread is not catching on the bottom like it should be.

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