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The thread on the Brother pe 150 gathers up on the back of the material while its working looks a little like a small birds nest and then gets jammed down the hole the needle is working in any idea's of whats going wrong or if there is anyway I could sort this out

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It could be that your thread dog is clogged with thread (this has happened to me) Check your bobbin, perhaps its just wound poorly.
Perhaps the needle thread tension is too loose for the material your sewing. OR the needle you are using is too fine/heavy for the thread.

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