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Upper thread tension wire broke off!!!

The little wire loop on the upper thread tension broke off, I was sewing and it seemed to be doing fine. Then the upper thread broke and when I tried to rethread it had no tension at all and I noticed the little loop was laying on the table in front of the machine. Is this repairable? And if so can I repair it?

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The part that is broken is called a check spring. It keeps the thread away from the point of the needle until the needle pierces the fabric. You should probably take the machine into a reputable repair shop.

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I have a 9020 singer sewing machine I bought without a manual. I can't seem to sew without looping the thread under it. Almost in knots.


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.

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When sewing with straight stitch, I get loops underneath. I've changed bobbin, rethreaded, cleaned lint, etc. still making loops on under side.


You may need to adjust the tension knob for the thread . Usually located above the needle . screw it in a little at a time or perhaps it has a number scale if so increase to a higher number a little at a time till the stitches become correct.

Dec 18, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Back side of stitches are loose


increase the thread tension of the needle thread
this is an indication that the tension is not enough to pull the bobbin thread up tight

Jun 15, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Bobbin thread looping...It was sewing fine then all of a sudden it started looping. I am sending a picture via email to see.


No picture, but I'm guessing that if you check the thread again, it is actually the upper thread that is looping under the fabric (generally referred to as bird nesting or thread nesting). The cause is usually incorrect threading or upper tension is too loose. Sometimes, the upper thread will "jump" out of a thread guide while sewing, usually the take up lever, and the result is called birdnesting.

Make sure you are using a brand-new needle.

Check that the bobbin area, under the needle plate, and the feed dogs do not have a build-up of lint, etc.

Remove the thread. Always RAISE the presser foot (so the thread will seat properly in the tension disk) and rethread from the beginning verifying that every guide has been followed in the thread path.

Set the upper tension at the midway point between low & high number.

Re-test your machine. You may need to fine-tune the upper tension until it is where it should be, ie upper & bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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My singer sewing machine 7102 is looping the top thread underneath


Upper thread looping under the fabric is usually a sign that the thread is not seated in the tension disk or it is threaded incorrectly. FIRST, make sure you have a brand new needle in it. Remove the upper thread completely. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Verify that the thread pathway is correct. Also check that the upper tension is not set too loose.

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When I finish to sew the end of string does not lacks it self and when you pull the bottom of the string everything opens


If the upper thread is looping on the bottom of the fabric as you sew, the upper tension is too loose. It could be threaded incorrectly, the upper thread may not be seated in the tension disk properly (be sure to RAISE the presser foot BEFORE threading the upper thread), or the upper thread tension is set too loose.

If you have checked everything and it is still looping underneath, the bobbin tension may be too loose or the bobbincase needs replacement.

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Looped threads


Hello Rosemary
Looped thread on the underside are created by the upper thread. Loops on the top of the fabric are created by the bobbin thread. Whichever one is looping, has very little tension. This may be corrected by:
1. Re-threading the upper thread according to manufacturer's specifications.
2. Re-wind bobbin and re-set it into bobbin case and bobbin case area according to manufacturer's specifications.
3. Ensure that the needle is correctly installed and is the correct needle for the sewing machine.
4. Ensure that he bobbin being used is the correct one for the machine.
5. Double check that the tension on the upper thread is at the correct setting.
6. Double check that the tension unit is clean and free of dust, lint or lodged thread/s.
7. Double check that the bobbin tension is correctly set ... if you are comfortable doing so, otherwise leave it for a qualified technician
8. Make sure that he presser foot is down when stitching.
Please let me know how you go.
Happy stitching.

Nov 14, 2014 | Sewing Machines

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Upper tension is to tight on the izek singer machine we have. Also on the bottom of the fabric the thread is looping up and tangeling.


Loops on the bottom mean the upper tension isn't tight enough. First make sure you thread the upper thread with the presser foot UP. Then do a test seam on the same type of fabric. If you still have problems. Tighten the upper tension a little then test seam again. Keep doing this until your problem is resolved.

Nov 09, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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Lower thread too loose


Big loops on the bottom of the fabric is NOT the lower thread. First make sure that your upper thread is correctly threaded with the presser foot in the UP position. Do a test seem. If you still have loops tighten the UPPER tension knob. Do a test seem.

If after several upper tension changes do nothing. Remove the upper thread and take some rather rough sturdy fabric like light weight denim and "floss" where the tension discs are then rethread... and try again.

Oct 14, 2012 | Brother XL-2600

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Machine starts to sew then upper thread knots up on underside of fabric


Do each of these steps one at a time and then test a seam on scrap fabric of the same type.

1. Make sure you thread the machine correctly with the feed dog lever in the up position. (this opens the tension discs, allowing the thread to seat correctly)

2. Make sure your needle and thread are the correct size for the fabric and that you've oriented the needle correctly and have it fully seated into the needle bar.

3. When beginning to sew a seam, always grasp both threads and hold them as you begin to sew.

4. Loops on the bottom of the fabric means that the upper tension is too loose. Tighten the upper tension a little at a time until loops disappear.

Good luck.

Sep 22, 2012 | Brother XL-2610

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