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The threads under my fabric are ''bundling up''

While I try to straight stitch my fabric, the threads under my fabric are "bundling up". What seems to be the problem.

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Check your tension disks, with your presser foot up, and the tension dial on zero. Sometimes a piece of cotton breaks off between the tension disks and then prevents the disks to work properly. Also make sure when you thread the machine, the thread does go through the disks and over the take up lever. After you threaded the machine, before putting the thread through the eye of the needle, lower the presser foot and while pulling on the thread with your left hand, increase the tension with your right hand. Do it slowly and you should feel in difference in tension. If this is the case, your machine should work fine. Good Luck!

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

  • Anna Nasario Oct 10, 2013

    Thank you for the tips to re thread the machine and to raise the foot and the needle before threading the sewing machine. It now works like a charm! Happy Sewing!

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