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Bobbin is bunching and getting caught and knotting under fabric

I have a brother innovis 1200 and the bobbin is getting knotted under fabric. I was embroidering a fleece blanket with tear away stablizer. I was also using a heavy needle. I had to cut the blanket out it got so knotted. Is it the tension, thread, bobbin, fabric? Any help would be much appreciated!
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  • rexgordo Apr 11, 2009

    exactly the same thing keeps happening, I discovered it's getting hooked onto the black bobbin casing, but I can't sem to figure out why.

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SOURCE: sudden knotting under fabric

I have an Elna 2005 machine and had a similar but opposite problem whereby the tension up top was too tight - thread wouldn't pull smoothly. I found adjusting the feed dog lever slightly helped the stitches a lot, even though the needle tension up top is no better. Hope that helps! :-s

Posted on Oct 29, 2007

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SOURCE: Bobbin continues to pose problem - knotting thread underside of fabric,

In 99% of all problems with "bird's nesting" or "knotting" it is an issue of the thread coming out of the take up lever (at threading guide #3) (from the spool; through the first thread guide at #1 down to #2 and up to # 3) when the thread comes out of the take up lever, the machine can not regulate the thread and it floods the machien with thread and wraps itself around the bobbin case. OR! Your tension is too loose. Raise it. Your machine should preform perfect at tension #4 unless you are using speciality threads or fabrics.

ALWAYS be in the habit of threading your machine with presser foot up so that while threading between paths 1 and 2 you are certain to have the thread pass throught the tension disks.

This will happen on a $50.00 machine or a $5,000 machine. The thread needs to be regulated.

USE GOOD THREAD!

Thanks,

Bonnie

Posted on Oct 30, 2008

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SOURCE: thread clogs up bobbin and knots up thread on back side of fabric

I hope this helps: I bought a machine, and had the same problem... I read reviews, found that soOo many people were having this same problem. I thought it was a defect or something with the brand of machine so I exchanged it for another... well, the instruction aren't always clear. Not until I watched a DVD that came with my new machine did I realize I wasn't running the thread through the bobbin correctly. I had been just running it through the hole in the bobbin case... not right. Don't just thread it through the hole from the inside. When you place the bobbin in the case, pull out some of the thread and run it from the side between the little **** / split in the metal and you have to pull it down to the left and UNDER the metal strip held by the tension screw (the little sliver of metal). So, the thread is actually being pressed between two pieces of metal. I felt like a "dingbat" when I realized why I couldn't work it. This is kind of hard to explain, but I hope this helps...

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

SOURCE: Thread is knotting up on bottom of fabric causing it to stop

1.check the needle & see if it's bent--if so replace
2.lay the needle on a flat surface & roll the needle over if it doesn't roll true replace
3.check for blunt needle-if needle makes a popping sound when needle penetrates fabric
4.needle is not all way up in holder
on my mechanical sewing machine sometimes the threads come off the take up lever, that causes the thread to bunch up under something I'm working on
also check thread in bobbin

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

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SOURCE: Machine was embroidering perfectly and then it

I was having the same problem, it was the bobbin, have to keep trying different brands till you find the one that works, the one that comes with it does not, for me anyways.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

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