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Cotton is bunching up on the bottom of the fabric and then it snaps

When it dose this it some times breaks the needle after about 5 stitches it snaps and cotton is drawn into the feed plate and then it snaps the needle

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Do you happen to have your feed dogs lowered? Tighten the top tension a bit and make sure you are holding both threads when you start a seam.

Also make sure you have recovered all needle pieces.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

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SOURCE: overlocker cotton onleft needle snaps

1. Try rethreading the machine
2. Is the needle inserted correctly
3. Is the needle bent
4.is the tension adjusted correctly
5.is the tension adjusted to accommodate the thickness
Of the thread being used
6.is the thread good quality thread
7.is the thread feeding off the cone or spool freely
8.is the needle size correct for the type of fabric being used

Posted on Oct 11, 2012

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HELP! I have a brother 1034d the thread is stacking up on the little fingers on the needle plate


I have the same problem. The serger is making the chain, but it's not moving off the stitch finger! I have to pull it while im operating it (with force) and when i put fabric, it bunches up like crazy and i just broke a needle... Any clue anyone?? Here is a picture... https://goo.gl/fhqq15
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Janome school mates3023. Thread bunching underneath. Working on felt. Sometimes nothing catches. Have cleaned bobbin area, changed bobbin, thread, needle, What next?


Do you have the same problem when sewing other lighter weight fabrics, like a woven cotton? If so, your machine may be out of time. Search for sewing machine timing or take it for service.

If it only occurs when using felt, then it an issue of using the best tools and supplies that are compatible with felt. Felt is a very dense fabric and could very well be interfering with the performance of your machine. A lighter weight needle may deflect on dense fabric and cause skipped stitches. You probably need to use a heavier needle, ie #14 Sharp, or even a #16. You might look at one that has a larger scarf to shield the thread as it pierces the felt, like a top-stitch needle.

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Singer featherweight 11 cotton keeps breaking


The top thread breaks
1. the needle thread is not threaded properly
2. The needle thread tension is to tight
3. The needle is bent or blunt
4. The needle is incorrectly inserted
5. The needle thread & the bobbin thread are not set under the presser foot when starting to sew
6. the threads were not drawn to the rear after sewing
7. The thread is either to heavy or to fine for the needle

Jan 28, 2013 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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Overlocker cotton onleft needle snaps


1. Try rethreading the machine
2. Is the needle inserted correctly
3. Is the needle bent
4.is the tension adjusted correctly
5.is the tension adjusted to accommodate the thickness
Of the thread being used
6.is the thread good quality thread
7.is the thread feeding off the cone or spool freely
8.is the needle size correct for the type of fabric being used

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I have a brother vx-1125 the cotton keeps snapping..but the tension is correct..please advise..


The needle thread breaks
1. the needle thread is not threaded properly
2. The needle thread tension is to tight
3. The needle is bent or blunt
4. The needle is incorrectly inserted
5. The needle thread & the bobbin thread are not set under the presser foot when starting to sew
6. the threads were not drawn to the rear after sewing
7. The thread is either to heavy or to fine for the needle

Aug 17, 2012 | Janome Sewing Machines

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When "locking " a stitch, bottom thread breaks and/ or bunches up.


Make sure you hold thread in back of the lowered presser foot when you begin stitching, and that the needle is piercing the fabric so that the fabric isn't slipping down into the feed dogs (under needle plate area).Hope this helps you out,alexlefebvre.Jimmy

Apr 12, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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How do i adjust the loose thread on top? Using the 3 thread stitch the top loop is loose and bulging over edge instead of smooth with rest of stitches. Setting is set to recommended setting but is still...


I always adjust my overlocker stitch in several ways. I start test serging with the blade set right out to the right so that it "fills" the stitching. I'll set all the thread dials to the middle setting, ie. 5. Then I test serge, and check the stitch formation. If the needle is looping underneath, then I'll tighten it "A LITTLE". If the looper threads are lying off the cut edge of the fabric, then I'll dial both the top and bottom looper numbers up a little to make those threads tighter.

Each fabric behaves differently depending on its "hand" so the right stitch settings do vary, ie. organza is different to heavy weight cotton or denim. So if my inital setting is then "bunching" up the fabric within the stitching, I will then lower the numbers for the top and bottom looper to release the thread some. And if the fabric is very soft and light and still bunches up, then I will move the blade over to the left some, cutting a narrower edge within the overlocking so the threads lie better.

So revist the settings, check that the cones are flowing freely, thread is into the tension devices fully, then retest the stitching. If it is the top looper only that is looping off the edge, and not the bottom as well, and they are both set to the same number, then I'd be a bit suss about the tension dial.

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No zig and cotton keeps breaking


Make sure you have a new sharp needle installed for both problems and sometimes you need a particular kind of needle for the fabric. Also some machines don't deal well with 100% cotton thread. For some reason it gets caught up in the machine somewhere and breaks. Gutterman and Metrosene make excellent although slightly more expensive threads. Coats and Clark thread is good too. They make an all cotton thread but it doesn't come in as many colors. If you have the old spools of cotton thread from Walmart, just use them for topstitching if you need the color. Other wise, use them for hand stitching or throw them away. One more thing that I can think of off hand, one of my machines does not like lining fabric. For some reason the thread breaks if I stitch really fast. If you have to use that thread, you may try sewing slowly. One more thing, when was the last time your machine was serviced? This can make a huge difference if it's been awhile and you use the machine a lot. Good luck. Hope any of this helps.

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If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
If it sewed properly...what changed?

Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing direction...do not pull the thread backwards!)

Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).

Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
Replace the needle...do it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
Oh...and use the correct needle for the thread. (a universal 80/12 is standard).
Thread can cause issues too. Try a different bobbin, or maybe a different spool of thread to see if that makes a difference.

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