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The sewing machine will not stitch a bit , and the thread just bunches up underneath but you can pull it right out as is not sewing, have changed the bobbin and changed thread but nothing

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Make sure your needle is in correctly...most machines are flat to the back except the really old ones.

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After sewing a few stitches, the machine gets jammed. the top stitch looks fine, but underneath there's a ton of thread all bunched up (top spool thread)


What you are seeing is called "bird's nesting." There are two main reasons for "bird's nesting."
The first one is the thread not between the tension disks. That allows the thread to be pulled from the spool instead of pulling the thread tight from underneath. Always make sure to always put up your presser foot before you thread the tension disks. I also check the thread after I finish to make sure the top thread has good tension on it before sewing.
The second reason is the thread is not being pulled by the take up lever. Make sure you see it being pulled by the take up lever before you start sewing. If not, rethread it.

Good luck.

Jan 02, 2016 | Singer 8280 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Raw edge zig zag stitch bunching underneath


When zig zagging over a raw edge, the tension on the thread will pull in the fabric, especially in lightweight cottons or even lighter organza. Its not the best edging method for very light weight fabrics. You can try using a smaller zig zag, loosening off the top tension a little bit. Or if your machine has it, use the triple zig zag or serpentine stitch, where the needle goes through the fabric three times to make up each zig stitch, this stitch is better for edging most fabrics and is my preferred stitch.

Sep 26, 2014 | Elna 3210 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Hi iam not sure how explain my problem with my sewing machine.when i try to sew the strings does not comes stright. it gets messed up the top comes ok but the bottom of the layer comes out all strings...


If I'm understanding the problem right it sounds like you have no tension on the bobbin. Take it out and see if the thread has any resistance when you pull it out. If you hold it up by thel thread and let it dangle and it just drops to the floor the tension isn't right. Check and make sure it is threaded correctly and tighten the tension. Test it again and when you dangle it, it should drop a bit with resistance when you hold it by the thread.

Also check that the top tension isn't too tight, but in this case it is more likely that the bobbin is too loose. And check to see if the dogfeed (the teeth that comes through the plate opening under the needle) is up and moving the material through the presser foot. If the material isn't moving at all it will sort of stitch "in one place" which will give you a bunch of threads all knotted up underneath. If those underneath threads are loopy that is a sign the bobbin thread is too loose (tension too loose)

Apr 21, 2011 | Kenmore 15516 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I can only sew a few good stitches and then it starts bunching up underneath the fabric. I have watched the top and bottom thread as it goes around the bobbin case. After a couple of stitches it seems to...


It very well could have a burr in on your bobbin case, If, it was me, I would take it to Sears sewing machine department and ask them what they think it could be. They sometimes have new bobbin cases right there for you to buy, depending how big your Sears is. It won't cost you anything, at least to find out from the saleman.

Jan 19, 2011 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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There is something wrong with the bobbin. When I sew it catches somewhere and bunches thread up underneath


Does this only happen when you begin sewing????? Make sure your upper and lower threads are long enough for you to hold them.......lower your pressure foot and don't release the threads until you have sewn several stitches into the seam. If you don't hold the threads when starting a seam...both threads often get pulled down into the bobbin area and cause a big tangled mess. Hope this helps.

Dec 20, 2010 | Kenmore 756A-30BH Mechanical Sewing...

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I have an older kenmore sewing machine. It's been


When I have run into similar problems with my older Singer, it's because there is a bit of thread caught somewhere in the bobbin mechanism that doesn't allow the shuttle to run freely. Take the bobbin assembly apart and use a bright light to see if you see any bits of thread in there.

Good luck and let me know if this works!

Jan 14, 2010 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Babylock sewing machine, upper thread is bunching


the tension is wronge has the lower bobbin case been unwound and refilled)(check that this is threaded right as well)

Sep 05, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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My new sewing machine, just opened to use, is bunching thread on the underneath or bobbin side when I attempt to straight stitch. What is causing this to happen. Thanks.


re thread the top and bobbin threads

after pulling up the bobbin thread pull both threads to the back and hol them when stitching the first few stitches

with out holing the threads the machine will pull the thread into the machine and bunch the thread

Aug 24, 2009 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Wont sew thread bunches up


Hi!

I think you are threading the top of the machine incorrectly. Make sure that what I'm saying is correct, use two color threads to sew with- and you will see that it is in fact the top thread that is bunching.

This might be a tension problem. Could be the bobbin is not threaded in the case right. First, check the threading of the bobbin and then check the stitch.

Next, adjust the tension on the bobbin case. There is usually a small screw on the case that can be tightened or loosened. I think you may need to adjust it a bit or adjust the top tension knob, just a small bit at a time. It the top does not change the stitch, then go to the bobbin case and adjust the screw to tighten the stitch a little bit more.

Please do rate this solution as FixYa and revert for further assistance.

Thanks
Rylee

Jun 19, 2009 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Sewing Machine Thread Tension problems


What size needle are you using?

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