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Top stitch looks good, bottom stitch is loopy

I have a Singer Inspiration. I have checked - the bobbin is in right side up and I threaded the machine with the presser foot up.

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  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    the bobbin thread and the upper thread are not locking stitches. There is a loopy mess from the bobbin under the fabric. The top stitch looks okay.

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This is a common problem, don't worry it's easy to fix.  take the spool of thread off, remove the bobbin.  look for any stray thread pieces in or around the bobbin case, rethread the top of the machine and when you do, follow the threading guide precisely and ---here's the trick---make certain that the thread goes between the tension discs.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

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    kkozy Jan 27, 2012

    this was my problem. I did exactly what you said and it worked. I just slowed down and carefully threaded the thread making sure it was between the tension discs ! TY

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