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Fabric pulls down into bobbin area

After a few stitches the upper thread wraps around down below and pulls the fabric down into the bobbin area! it only tends to happen on larger stitches, tiny stitches work just fine... I dont need those, though!

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Increase your top tension, from 2 to 4, or from 5 to 6. Also check if there is no fluff or cotton in the top tension blades, preventing them from closing properly. Do this by lifting the presser foot and decrease the top tension to zero. This open the blades and allows you to inspect them. Good luck!

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

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    Theo du Preez Nov 13, 2008

    Also check your needle plate. If it is a old machine and the opening where the needle enters is to wide, it will pull the fabric into the bobbin area. By replacing the needle plate your machine should be fine.

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