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Loops on top means the top tension is too tight. Loops on bottom means top tension is too loose.

Since your "statement" is vague and gives us absolutely NO info about your machine... that's the best "answer" I can give.

Posted on Dec 04, 2012

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    Your bobbin case may be threaded incorrectly.

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Your bobbin case may be threaded incorrectly.
Your bobbin case tension may be too loose.
Your upper tension may be set too high; try it at 5, try it at 4, try it at 3. If one of htese settings sews well leave it set there.

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Bottom thread is all tangled when I sew. Top looks fine, then flip it over and it's a mess.


is it the top thread that is too loose and making the messy stitch or the bobbin thread. if it is the top thread coming down and making large loops that tangle increase your top tension slowly try a few stitches, repeat till you get back to normal.
If it is the bobbin thread that is tangling, first make sure you are using the same thread top and bottom, some will just not work together, then rethread the bobbin, if it is still too loose there is a little screw on the side of the bobbin casing, the larger of the two, turn it no more than a 1/10 turn to the right if too loose and to the left if too tight. I would make the starting point with a piece of tape or nail polish so you can get back to where you were if this is not the problem. My book says you very rarely ever have to touch the bobbin tension. good luck

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Stiches are loose how to adjust the tension


Loose upper thread requires the top tension to be increased (higher number).

When threading the top thread, be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot while threading so the thread will seat properly in the tension disk.

If the bobbin thread is loose, then the bobbin tension needs to be tightened.

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I do a lot of hemming on my machine, the underneath stitch is real real loose, I tried adjusting stuff, still is so loose I have to cut it and begin again, thanks


Is your top thread not pulling the bobbin thread up? This would be top tension too loose. FYI--be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread so it will seat properly in the tension disks.

If the bobbin thread is loose, then the bobbin tension may need to be tightened.

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Juki DDL 8500: Bobbin thread is not coming up to the top side and the top thread is looping on the underside. Bobbin thread slides right out, and I've had no luck adjusting the top thread tension.


What thread are you using and what are you sewing? I'm assuming the machine is stitching correctly and it is just a tension issue. I would test each thread seperatly by hand and see if one thread is too tight or too loose. Thread on the bottom usually mean the top thread is too loose however it could by the bobbin is too tight. It could also indicate a slight timing issue or a burr on the hook. Is the thread shredding or getting damaged?

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The tension on my Janome My Excel w18 has a loose thread on the bottom of my sewing What is wrong and which tension needs adjusting


Loose on bottom is usually caused by too loose tension on top thread, check top tension and thread is in the tension device.

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How to top thread 158-1355080 kenmore


try this site
sewusa.com they have some threading diagrams
also youtube has video's
for a manual
sewingpartsonline.com
sew4less.com
a1sewingmachines.com
since the bottom thread is loose try adjusting the top thread tension

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I am using a satin stitch to applique. The tension is incorrect. I have placed a different colour thread in the top and bobbin, the top thread is appearing only as a single thread through the bottom...


You need to tighten the tension on the bobbin thread as it is too loose and is being pulled through by the tension on the top which is probably correct. First check that the bobbin is in correct. I know it's frustrating but even after 40 yr it's where I start if it's all in right then tighten the screw on the bobbin case a little at a time till you get it to the right tension. The thread coming out of the bobbin case should take a pull for thread to come out if you hold the thread and turn loose of the bobbin case and the thread unwinds like a yo-yo it's to loose. The bobbin should stay in the case wile you test it this way.

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Singer 301a...sews on top of fabric nicely...bottom is just loose loops of thread...it's like the bobbin is not sewing...I put 2 different colors in to see...top is perfect...on bottom of fabric I see the...


This is a tension adjustment problem. It's good to use two different colors of thread, like you did. From your description, the top thread (needle thread) tension needs to be tighter. As you tighten the tension of the top thread, you'll see that the top thread pulls the bobbin thread up into the fabric so it's no longer laying loose on the bottom of the fabric.

You'll need to have the pressure foot down when you tighten the tension. Tighten it a little, sew a practice seam, check to see what the stitch looks like. Tighten it a little more, sew, check, etc etc--until both top and bottom look the same--you shouldn't see much (if any) of the bobbin thread color on top of the fabric or the top thread color on the underside.

Let me know how this works for you, ok?


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My Pfaff sewing machine has started to loop the top thread underneath. Tried fixing the tension on the bobbin thread as they state in the manual, but the problem still persists. Any suggestions?


If the thread is looping underneath, you're top tension may be too loose or the thread may not be in the take-up lever. If it's looping on top, double check that the thread is in the bobbin tension or that the bobbin tension isn't too loose.

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Thread tension for regular seam sewing


oil the shaft for the presser bar and keep moving it up and down(it may take a while) until it moves freely. Always use Sewing machine oil Not 3N1 oil.
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If the thread is loose on the bottom of the fabric, it's actually the top thread is too loose. Think of 2 little elves playing tug of war in your machine, one on top and one underneath. If you have loops on bottom, the top needs to pull harder (tighten top tension). If you have loose thread on top your top tension is probably too tight and your bobbin thread too loose

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