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Bottom threads are big loops

I have a Singer Merritt 3130, but no manuals. I have threaded the machine and the bobbin as correctly as I know using some on-line pictures and descriptions. However, my top stiching is fine, but the bottom stiches are nothing but big loops. Any help is appreciated.

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I had the same issue! Check the little tray that holds the bobbin. I got very very frustrated with my machine, and even put it away for a year and a half. Look at the diagram of this part in the manual (you can get them at http://www.singerco.com/accessories/manuals.html free) and see if your looks exactly the same. Mine came (I don't see how it could have gotten jostled on it's own!) turned about 45 degrees counter-clockwise from how it's supposed to be. I unscrewed the metal plate - just removing the little plastic door to the bobbin area doesn't work - lifted out the tray (easy), turned it, and put it back in. Now the machine works perfectly! (as perfectly as can be hoped for a beginning sewer ...) I hope this works for you, too. Maybe a bad batch came from the factory?

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Your problem is the top thread. Make sure you lift the presser lever BEFORE you thread the machine. After threading the machine, just before you thread the needle, lower the presser foot, and test the top tension by pulling down on the thead. If there is little or no tension, adjust the top tension to a higher number, say from 3 to 5, or from 5 to 7, and test the tension again. If you fail to increase the tension by above procedure, look for cotton that might be stuck in the tension blades and remove it. Hope this will help you

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