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Threading problem on Singer Sewing machine Inspiration 4206

While sewing it gets all tangled and knotted up underneath while the top stitch looks OK.

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  • deemcfarland Jan 01, 2009

    I tried messing with the bobbin and then took it back to the store. They couldn't fix it either and sent it in for repair.

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This can be caused by incorrect bobbin tension or the bobbin is in backwards. Take out the bobbin and put it in according to the instructions for your Singer. If you still have the same problem try tightening the bobbin tension. Please ask if you have any questions.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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After some major fiddling that all the "birdnesting" underneath is actually the top thread. Make sure you thread it in the machine under tension and hear a click as your bringing it down and out of the "arm". I also had a problem with the bobbin popping out. I remedied that by unscrewing the black plate (with provided screw driver) and moved it to the left just a tiny bit. Now the bobbin is more secure and still seems to be working properly...for now...

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