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Model 385 bobbin thread problems

My 385 bobbin thread bunches up back side of material and when I try to disloge the thread it will not pass thru the opening. I remove the bobbin case and notice the thread is outside the bobbin not running thru the little opening . i have tryed tighting the thread gage and no good. I noticed a little rust inside the case and tryed removing that and no help. I am using plastice bobbins. I some times have every thing running smooth and this all of a sudden happens mid seam.

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Tension assembly test. To do this test. Pull the thread through the tension assembly and test it to make sure the tension is working correctly.
(To do this test, adjust your tension setting to normal or medium or 5 or something in the middle. Raise the presser foot and pull the thread through the tension. It should pull easily!! Lower the presser foot and pull the thread. It should pull noticeably harder.)
If it doesn’t work this way then you probably have a piece of thread or lint stuck inside the tension discs. To remove it, turn the tension to 0 zero and raise the presser foot.Using a small screwdriver, open the space between the discs and spray with canned or compressed air. The stuff should come out. Do the tension test again to make sure you got everything and then try sewing again.
The bobbin should be inserted so that when you pull on the bobbin thread the bobbin turns to the left. If it turns to the right it is upside down and the thread will come out of it.
This should solve your problem unless there are scratches on your bobbin case. Check by removing the bobbin case and visually inspecting it for any groves or scratches. If you find any remove them with an emery stick and then polish it with fine steel wool.
Be sure and use a new needle when you start sewing again.
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