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Thread is not coming up from the bobbin assembly on sewing machine. Stitches don't show any thread coming from the bottom.

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  • kconway Oct 01, 2008

    everything seems to be running properly and I have tried new bobin, new needles, but still cannot get the bobin thread up. I have manually brought the bobin thread up and when I sew the bobin thread is not sewing.

  • djrCANTU Mar 08, 2009

    The timming in my kenmore machine is the problem. Tdoes any one know how to fix it? The bobbing thread won't come up. So when i am sewing it doesn't sew.

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YOUR PROBLEM IS THE TIMMING IN YOUR MACHINE. THIS HAPPENDS WHEN YOU FORCE YOUR MACHINE TO SEW SOMETHING OR WHEN YOUR NEEDLE BRAKES. nOT SURE HOW TO FIX IT. I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. USUALLY A TUNE-UP WOULD DO IT. IT'S ABOUT $99 TO $130.00 TO DO A TUNE UP. i WISH I KNEW HOW TO FIX IT MYSELF.

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Hi

Are you using Kenmore or Kenmore compable needles and bobbins? It is important to use kenmore or universal flat back needles. Inserted all the way up as far as they will go. Be sure that you are using Kenmore plastic class 15 bobbins.

Brother or Singer needle or bobbins are the wrong size and may create the problem you have discribed.


When you insert the bobbin have you ran the thread through the tension srping in the bobbin case? You need to then hold the latch open on the bobbin case and insert the bobbin, letting go of the bobbin so that it locks into place. Let the thread dangle. Hold the top thread out to the left with a little bit of tension, Turn the hand wheel towards you while holding the thread out. The top thread will actually pull the bobbin loop up far enough for you to grab it at the needle plate.

Le tme know if you need more help, K

Bonnie

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Hi! This may sound silly, but if you changed your needle and put it in backwards (which is easy to do), the top thread won't pick up the bottom thread. Take your needle out and check the flat side of the needle shank--which way is it facing? With a lot of the newer machines, the flat side goes to the back, but check your manual to make sure.

Let me know if this helps, ok?

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How to adjust the bobbin tension.


According to the manual, you should not need to adjust the bobbin tension (and I located other sites which stated the bobbin tension cannot be adjusted on this machine). Apparently, all the tension adjustment is accomplished through the upper thread::
"EN Thread Tension Upper thread tension Basic thread tension setting: "4". (1) To increase the tension, turn the dial to the next number up. To reduce the tension, turn the dial to the next number down. A. Normal thread tension for straight stitch sewing. B. Thread tension too loose for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to higher number. C. Thread tension too tight for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to lower number. D. Normal thread tension for zig zag and decorative sewing. Correct thread tension is when a small amount of the upper thread appears on the bottom side of fabric. Lower thread tension The bobbin tension has been set correctly at the factory, so you do not need to adjust it. Please note: - Proper tension setting is important for strong seams. - There is no single tension setting appropriate for all stitch functions, thread or fabric. - A balanced tension (identical stitches both top and bottom) is usually only desirable for straight stitch construction sewing. - 90% of all sewing will be between "3" and "5". - For zig zag and decorative sewing stitch functions, thread tension should generally be less than for straight stitch sewing. - For all decorative sewing you will always obtain a nicer stitch and less fabric puckering when the upper thread appears on the bottom side of your fabric. 1 A B C 22 D"

Doing further research, I found this statement on a machine review site:
"After reading reviews online from where I've bought my drop-in bobbin machines, I think many of the negative reviews are due to the bobbin thread coming up without laying across the bobbin. It can cause the stitches to look very sloppy and no amount of tension adjusting can fix the stitches."

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What should the tension be on for this machine?


Most of the time if the bobbin thread is coming through on top it means that the bobbin thread is too loose and/or the top thread is too tight and is pulling the thread too much. check and make sure that there isn't anything in the top tensioner that could be increasing the tension like lint. Good luck.

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I've had my singer simple 3116 for a number of yrs. For last few weeks I've had problems with the bobbin stitch, it sews fine for a few seconds then jumps & the stitches are a tangled jumbled mess , I've...


You may have a burr from an errant needle strike on your bobbin case or even on the bobbin itself. Check to see if there are any rough spots on or around the bobbin.
If you don't find anything, you may want to remove the bobbin assembly and clean the lint out from the lower assembly. Sometimes the smallest amount of lint or pieces of thread can cause problems with the bobbin.
You didn't mention if the tangled thread happens on the top or the bottom of the fabric. If it is on top, then it is a bobbin issue. If it is on the bottom, then it is an upper tension/thread issue.
Try removing the bobbin, thread, and needle. Rethread the entire machine using a different bobbin and a new needle. This may solve your problem. Good luck!

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Thread tension will not adjust.


Check your setting, you have your stitches set too far apart. Wherever on your machine you see the zigzag stich you will see other stich settings, look at it until you see the right amount of stiches you want.

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Keeps skipping stitches and knots thread


Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs


Thank you and good luck.

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The thread at the bottom of the matterial is loose.. I'm guessing it is the bobbin tension.. how do I adjust?


Actually, loose thread on the bottom is often because of a problem with TOP tension. So let me give you a general lesson on adjusting tension that works for any machine. I suggest you thread the top of the machine with a different color of thread than the bobbin so it's easy to see what's going on with the the two different areas.
Thread your machine with the presser foot UP. The disks that control the tension (threadgoes through them) are tightened up if the foot is down. Change the machine tension with the presser foot DOWN.Because the disks won't be engaged (see above) if the foot is up, the diskswon't move. Start at the middle setting, 3. Go up to tighten, decrease toloosen. Each machine is different, even 2 different machines of the same model.The best thing to do is start at 3 and use a different color in the top andbobbin thread so you can easily see what changes to the tension do to yourstitches. Now use a straight stitch a sew 3 or so inches. Take a lookat the top and bottom of the fabric. You don't want to see any (or at least notmuch) of the other color showing from the other side. Loops on the bottom of the fabric means you need to tighten(increase) your top tension. If you're stitches on the bottom are causingpuckering, then you need to loosen you're top tension. For the most part, youreally don't want to touch your bobbin tension-leave that to a repairtechnician. The factory setting shouldn't be touched except by someone whoreally knows what they're doing. Keep sewing a few inches at a time until you have the resultsyou want. Now you're tension is where you need it!

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How do I adjust the bottom thread the stitches are too loose?


if stitches on top is loose then remove bobbin case and tighten small screw on it. if stitches on bottom of fabric is loose then tighten top thread tension.

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