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Thread looping onto itself

When I sew the top thread is how its supposed to look. But when i turn over my facbric the top thread loops onto itsself and the bottom thread is pulled straigh. please help! I have 2 quilts i need to finish in 2 days!!

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When i try to pick up the bobbin thread it does not pick it up at all i even try threading it all back over many times can yuo help me please

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The thread for the top needle just sews and loops onto the lower thread


I think you are saying that there is a loop showing on the bottom of the lower thread stitch. If the lower stitch looks correct and not bunching, you will need to change the tension on the upper stitch. Make sure that your threads are firmly inserted within the discs also before adjusting the tension. It doesn't take much to change the tension so take it slowly.

Dec 31, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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Top tension has to be turned all the way down to get good stitch, then thread gets caught in bobbin and lower hooping on thread..


Grab some scrap fabric of the same type you'll be sewing. Tighten your top tension and test sew until you see until you see the top thread of a seam go like a straight line and the bobbin thread loops on top of the seam. Then back off of the top tension until those loops disappear.

If you never see it the top thread go like a straight line... your top tension needs to be cleaned... and make sure you have the pressure foot UP when you thread the upper thread.

Aug 03, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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The top stitch is perfect but underneath the material there are many loops. I am assuming this is from the bobbin. How do I correct this?


no, more likely your top tension is too loose causing the loops on the underside of your fabric, loops on top would be bobbin too loose. raise presser foot and rethread top thdead pulling thread into tension fully. set top tension dial to 5 and test sew. if still looping underneath try tightening top tension by turning dial up to 6. but usually top tension should only need minor adjustment tweeks. you can test top tension by lowering pressure foot to engage tension and holding thread just above needle thread guide, pulling thread downwards . there should be resistence on it to your pull. if you cant feel any then tension device may be faulty, and require service.

Jun 25, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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My machine is skipping stitches when I free hand quilt & the top thread is looping on both the top & the bottom


Make sure you have your thread through all of the thread guides, If I feel I need a little extra tension I loop my thread through the bobbin tension guide on top of the machine, especially if it is a fine or silky thread for decorative work. Make sure your bobbins are wound tight and also threaded correctly. When freehand quilting you should sew at a moderate speed and make sure to move your fabric smoothly with the speed at which you are sewing, you may just have to practice a bit like I did...If none of this works you may need to take your machine in and have the tension set on the bobbin housing itself..

Oct 26, 2009 | Singer 7436 - INGENUITY

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My Pfaff sewing machine has started to loop the top thread underneath. Tried fixing the tension on the bobbin thread as they state in the manual, but the problem still persists. Any suggestions?


If the thread is looping underneath, you're top tension may be too loose or the thread may not be in the take-up lever. If it's looping on top, double check that the thread is in the bobbin tension or that the bobbin tension isn't too loose.

Oct 02, 2009 | PfaFF Creative 7570

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Thread loopy on top


General rule of thumb::
loops on the bottom, problem on the top.
loops on the top, problem on the bottom.

It sounds like your bobbin thread is not thru the little tensioner in the bobbin compartment.

May 28, 2009 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Thread looping on the bottom


Thread looping on the bottom means you have a problem with the top thread. In your case there is no tension on your top thread. Take all the thread out of the top and start threading over. Make sure you follow the correct path and make sure the thread goes through the tension discs. Then at the time of sewing, make sure your foot is down (this closes the tension discs and gives the thread the tension.) You may have worked on the tension setting while not realizing the thread was not in between theses discs, so also make sure the top tension disc setting is in the average before sewing.
Good luck.

(If you see loops on top, it means you have a problem with the bottom thread)

May 25, 2009 | PfaFF Tiptronic 2040

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Bottom thread is looping.


If the thread is looping on the bottom, then your problem is on the top. Pull the thread out of the needle and and put the presser foot down. If the thread pulls thru easily, then you need to rethread your machine making sure the thread is thru the top tension wheel correctly.

Rule of thumb::
Loops on the bottom, Problem on the top
Loops on the top, problem on the bottom.

Apr 26, 2009 | Brother SE-270D Computerized Sewing...

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I dont understand what it means by...


I beleive what they are asking you to do is to bring up the bobbin thread to the top of the throat plate( which cover the bobbin area, to do this you hold the top thread end and manually turn the wheel to engage the bobbin thread and bring it to the top of the throatplate, now you should be ready to sew
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Dec 26, 2008 | Euro-Pro Dressmaker 998B

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