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Model 8280. The thread on the bottom keeps bunching up. It is a horrible mass of thread. Then, it stops moving. Can you help me?

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  • stanhoff82 Feb 11, 2009

    how do you adjust the bobbin tension?


  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    Thread still bunching on clean new machine

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I had the same problem and I tried everything including removing the bobin case, cleaning out lint, changing the needle, adjusting the tension but it did not work. Then I finally tried reloading the bobin thread, making sure to load the bobin according the manual directions....and the problem was solved...no more tangles... just a nice even stitch...yeah!

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I took the bobbin and casing out, then removed the hook race cover and hook. I cleaned it all and re-lubricated. When I put it all back together, it took care of the problem. I also adjusted the tension on the bobbin and removed the needle plate to clean underneath. I'm not sure what fixed it, but it works now.

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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