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Threading the bobbin

I lost my manual and cannot properly thread the bobbin

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Re: threading the bobbin

Get a manual from If you do not see it listed ask if they have it off line.

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I have Bernia 180. The bottom thread is puckering. Top thread is perfect. I cannot find help in manual. Please help

Check that the bobbin is inserted turning the proper direction in the bobbin case and that the thread is threaded correctly through the tension control on the bobbin case.

Make sure the upper thread is threaded correctly. The factory standard upper tension setting is midway between high & lower number although this may need to be tweaked for your particular machine.

If the machine is still pulling the bobbin thread too tight, you can try tightening the upper thread tension. If it still isn't resolved, you may need to loosen the bobbin tension.

You might also want to check the presser foot pressure on your machine. That generally needs adjustment when changing from thicker to thinner fabric and vice versa.

Manual: BERNINA artista 180 Support BERNINA

Bobbin Tension How and Why Tension is Adjusted

Understanding Bobbin Tension

Understanding Thread Tension Threads

How can properly adjust my tension

Sewing Lesson 10 How to Fix Tension on Your Sewing Machine


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Bobbin not functioning in my sewing machine.

Consult your owner's manual. It sounds like possibly you don't have the bobbin threaded in the bobbincase properly. The bobbin must spin (either clockwise or counterclockwise per the manual) a certain direction and the thread needs to be threaded in the bobbincase in order for the bobbin to turn.



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My Diana 560 doesn't make a stitch, I've checked the needle, the proper Threading, the lint that might have Collected in the well, it runs well, But not a single sticth.

Consult your manual to confirm you have threaded the upper thread and bobbin thread properly. Is the needle installed with the flat side facing the right direction? Did you remember to RAISE the presser foot before threading the upper thread? Are you pulling at least 4-6" of thread through the needle's eye and through the bobbincase before you begin to sew? Once the machine is threaded (top and bobbin), can you manually rotate the handwheel one complete turn and pull the bobbin thread to the top? Like this: How and Why to Bring up the Bobbin Thread

If the bobbin thread does not come up, then your machine probably needs service.

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Bobbin thread comes out in a mass of threads

ENSURE you have threaded the bobbin properly and at the right tension. Also, ensure that you have routed the bobbin thread properly in the bobbin case.

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Bobbin not looping top thread to make a stitch

Get a manual for your machine so you know how to properly thread the machine - you need to be sure the thread goes through the guides in proper sequence and - ALWAYS thread a sewing machine with the presser foot up.

You need to be sure the bobbin thread is feeding in the correct direction from the bobbin spool and through the correct guides.

Check the needle to see if it is installed correctly and is not bent.

Most sewing machine needles are installed with the flat side toward the back of the machine.

After proper threading and bobbin feeding, hold onto the top thread tail and lower the needle down and back up to pull up the bobbin thread.

Take both thread ends under the presser foot and to the back of the machine.

You did not provide the make and model of your machine so I can only suggest if you do not have a manual, search the Internet. Singer and Brother have downloads. Sewusa has many brands/models.

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make sure your needle's flat bit shows to the back and it is in deep anough. else your timing is out.

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How to thread the bobbin on a singer simple sewing machine

Drop-in bobbin: Note: thread must change direction when entering bobbin shuttle notch. Usually bobbin will turn counter-clockwise when threaded properly.

1. hold bobbin so that the tail of thread is facing to left.
2. drop bobbin into bobbin shuttle.
3. pull thread toward you.
4. guide thread into notch and pull to left so that slot engages thread.
5. pull thread diagonally across shuttle toward back of machine.
6. draw bobbin thread up through needle plate with threaded needle.

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insert the bobbin so the thread comes out in the middle a away from you, hold the thread end push the bobbin down with with your finger, and pass the thread securely through the thread cutting groove

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I discovered that when the thread is knotting up on the underside of the material that it is usually the threading on top and has nothing to do with the bobbin.

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