Question about Sewing Machines
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!
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
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!
Posted on Oct 30, 2008
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
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
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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What you have going on is probably a bobbin problem. The knots are referred to as birds' nests and happen usually happen when your bobbin thread gets caught on something in the bobbin area. To be certain it's a bobbin problem, change your needle. Even if the needle looks fine, it could be just slightly bent and still look fine to the naked eye. If that doesn't solve the problem, take the fabric out of the sewing machine and turn the machine wheel by hand. Watch what happens thru the plastic window in the bobbin area, or if you don't have a plastic window leave the bobbin covering off. Is the thread catching somewhere and causing a bunch of thread to gather in the bobbin area? Be very careful when investigating in the bobbin casing/area-it's easy to chip things in there! Often times, a piece of something falls in there and can be pulled out with tweezers. Just as often, the bobbin casing is slightly tilted and needs to be straightened or has a chip in it and needs to be replaced. You can normally get a replacement on eBay, searching with your machine model number. Also, check out SewVacUSA. If you need help replacing the bobbin casing (it's easy, you just need to be careful), or if these solutions don't work, leave me a comment. I check back daily, so I'll get back to you within 24 hours normally. Leave me as much detail as possible and I'll do everything I can to help you!
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