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The thread bunches at the bottom. It worked fine then one day in the middle of my sewing it bunched. I rethreaded. I adjusted bobbin tensions with the little screw and on top. Help

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  • mysimonjelly Mar 22, 2009

    I rethreaded my machine, adjusted the tension and the problem was not fixed.  The machine has done this before and I rethreaded it and sometimes it helps, sometimes not.  I know it is threaded properly and when I have finally gotten it temporarily "fixed" it will work for awhile and then the thread just gobs up under the fabric.  I have a singer sewing machine.  can you offer any other things to try?





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Welcome to FixYa! I am the sewing machine expert that chose to help you with your issue.

There are really only two things that can cause bottom (note: remember that problems with the bottom thread, almost always comes from the top and not the bobbin. Bobbins rarely need tension adjustments). These two things are:

  1. An area was missed when the machine was threaded (most machines have an arrow at each area on the thread path where the thread MUST run or the stitch on the bottom will be sloppy. Threading can be tricky and even the most experienced miss once in a while.
  2. The tension adjustment mechanism in the thread path. If the thread is not properly through this area, the thread on the bottom will be sloppy or if, threaded properly, and the tension is set too loose, the stitch will be sloppy. If the tension is set too tight, the bottom thread will be tight and pucker the fabric.
It is counter-intuitive that problems with the top tension cause problems with the bottom stitch but it sure will.

So try it and see if that helps.

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Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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