Using same thread, same material, same settings, As I start sewing it looks great for about 12 inches then the thread breaks and when I turn the fabric over theres a thread nest. I have a VX-1120 and I have rethreaded it atleast 30 times. Is there hope or should I just throw it in the lake and buy a singer??????
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Thread nesting or bird nesting resulting usually from: mis-threading, upper thread not seated completely in the tension disk, upper thread tension too loose. HINT: ALWAYS raise the presser foot when threading the upper thread.
Are you saying the upper thread is knotting under the fabric as it stitches? This is bird nesting or thread nesting and is generally caused by mis-threading, the thread not being seated in the tension disk, or the upper tension too loose.
When threading the upper thread, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot. Verify that the machine is threaded correctly. If one guide is missed, the stitching will go haywire. Start out with the upper tension set around the midway point and then tweak it through test stitching.
That is what is referred to as bird nesting or thread nesting. It usually results from mis-threading, the thread not being fully seated in the tension disk, or the tension set too loose. (I have a machine that does this frequently because the thread "jumps" out of the take up lever when sewing fast--instant thread mess.)
Remove the thread from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Make sure the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number. (You will probably need to tweak the upper tension because every machine differs over time, but the midway point is the factory standard setting.)
While you are at it, check to make sure the bobbin is loaded and threaded correctly in the bobbin case.
If you continue to have issues, you may need to take it for service.
wrong bobbin tension , but amazingly its actually easier to adjust the top threads tension to compensate for it , use your tension knob to slowly adjust , try an inch , slowly adjust try an inch , and so on to get a top and bottom thread tension to match , this will need to be adjusted for each major change in fabric (aka , knits to woven )
Thanks for the question. If your machine is not sewing on the bottom or making stacks of thread called (bird nesting) there are several simple fixes for this and some not so simple. First you need to make sure that you are threading the bobbin into the holder correctly, Insure that you pull the end of the thread through the little slit on the side of the bobbin and that the thread is somewhat snug but not hard to pull. Once you have done this replace the bobbin in the bobbin holder and thread the feed thread over the top from the spool or thread. making sure that you run it through the auto tensioner. Set the auto thread tension to +1 to start, go ahead and thread the main feed through the bobbin feed so that you have both strings on the sewing deck. Now with a piece of used material, pull both bobbin feed and Main thread behind the machine, insert your test material, drop the material tension foot onto material and start to sew a 1 inch spot. After about one inch check to see if your machine is still nesting thread, if it is you need to add more tention to the main thread by moving the auto tensioner to +2. Now test sew again a short distance and recheck. If you still have a issue move the tension up until the nesting of string stops. If you reach the stop. than it\'s likely that the bobbin holder needs to be adjusted. The bobbin holder has two small screws in it generally that allow a very small screwdriver to adjust the bi metal pensioner on the bobbin holder. This is the area where you slide the string through the little slot in the bobbin holder. You can tighten those screws until the string is harder to pull out of the bobbin holder. You may have to repeat this step several times until you get the tensions just right. but make sure that you reset the main Thread tension to 0 before you start adjusting the bobbin tension. If after all this work fails you may have to replace the bobbin holder to correct this issue. There is one other fix that you can try before replacing the bobbin holder and that is to purchase more expensive thread. The reason behind this is that the more expensive thread is thicker and causes more friction in the bobbin holder.. I hope that this has helped you, I know what it\'s like not to have a working sewing machine. Best of luck and thanks for using Fixya.com